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CRYSTAL PALACE FC: A TIMELINE

1 June 2013


1905 Crystal Palace Football Club is formed at the venue of the glass Palace that stood at the top of Sydenham Hill – the current location of the National Sports Centre.
The club entered the Southern League Division Two, playing their first match against Southampton Reserves at the Crystal Palace on 2nd September 1905. 

1906 Despite losing 4-3 in their opening game to Southampton Reserves, ‘The Glaziers’ did not lose another game in the 1905/1906 season and finished as champions.

1907 Palace record one of their most famous victories, as they beat Newcastle United at St. James' Park 1-0 in the FA Cup. The Magpies went on to win the First Division championship that season, while Palace finished 19th in the Southern League First Division.

1908 Right-winger Bill Davies becomes the first Palace player to represent his country, playing for Wales in their 2-1 defeat to Scotland in Dundee, on 7th March.

1914 Henry Colclough becomes the first Palace player to represent England on 16th March, making his debut in a 2-0 victory over Wales in Cardiff.

1915 The outbreak of the First World War led to the Admiralty requisitioning the Crystal Palace and the club was forced to move to the home of West Norwood FC, Herne Hill running track. Palace would continue to play at Herne Hill throughout the war in the London Combination League.

1918 As the First World War drew to a close, Palace moved to a new stadium in Selhurst called The Nest. The ground was originally the home of Croydon Common, but Palace stepped in and leased the stadium from the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway Company after the club folded.
Palace played their first game at their new home in the London Combination League against Queens Park Rangers on 14th September, winning 4-2.

1921 Palace win the inaugural Third Division title and secure promotion to the Second Division at the first attempt.
 
1924 Palace move to a new purpose built stadium named Selhurst Park, playing their first match in their new home against Sheffield Wednesday on 30th August. The land for the new stadium was purchased in 1922 for £2,570 and £30,000 was spent on the stadium's construction.

1931 Peter Simpson sets the Palace record for most league goals in a season, finding the net on 46 occasions in only 42 games. Simpson also scored eight goals in six FA Cup games taking his overall tally for the season to 54 in 48 games. His record haul included nine hat-tricks and he hit six in one game against Exeter City on 4th October 1930 - another Palace record.

1939 At the start of the Second World War, Palace were still in the Third Division South despite finishing second on three occasions. During the war Palace played in a number of competitions including the South Regional League, London League and Football League South.

1948 Belgian Marcel Gaillard becomes the first player from outside of the British Isles to represent Crystal Palace when he plays in the 5-2 win over Watford on 14th February when he scored on his debut.

1958 The club becomes part of the newly formed Fourth Division and Arthur Wait begins a 16-year stint as chairman. 

1961 Palace finish second in the Fourth Division and win promotion. On 22nd November, Johnny Byrne plays for England against Northern Ireland at Wembley, joining a select few who have played for England whilst plying their trade in the third tier of English football.
 
1964 Manager Dick Graham leads Palace to second in Division Three and promotion.

1969 Under the leadership of Bert Head, Palace finish second in the Second Division and win promotion to the top-flight for the first time.
 
1973 Soon after Malcolm Allison was installed as the Palace manager, the club changed its nickname and crest. The new badge included an eagle, although the original designers insisted it should bear some resemblance to a phoenix - in relation to the fire that destroyed the Crystal Palace in the 1930s. From this time onwards the club has been known as the Eagles.
The club's first period in the top-flight comes to an end as the Eagles slip into the Second Division and Jim Cannon scores on his Palace debut against Chelsea, on 31st March.

1974 A second successive relegation follows and Palace are demoted to the Third Division.

1976 Palace reached the FA Cup semi-finals butt Stamford Bridge they succumbed to eventual winners Southampton. 
In March that same year, Peter Taylor became the second Palace player to represent England whilst in the third tier, scoring in the victory over Wales in Wrexham - making him the first Palace player to score for England.

1977 Terry Venables becomes Palace manager and leads the club to promotion from the Third Division.

1979 Palace win the Second Division title and a record crowd of 51,801 turn out to see the Eagles play Burnley at Selhurst Park. 

1988 Jim Cannon plays his last game for the club after 15 years of service. The defender played 660 games for Palace, which remains a club record. 

1989 After eight seasons in the Second Division, Steve Coppell leads Palace back into the top-flight. For the previous few seasons Ian Wright and Mark Bright became the most lethal striking partnership in the division and it was two goals from Wright and a penalty from Dave Madden that led to a 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers in the play-offs.
 
1990 The Eagles survived in the First Division despite a record 9-0 league defeat against Liverpool. The Eagles got their revenge however, beating Liverpool 4-3 in the semi-final of the FA Cup. Palace drew 3-3 against Manchester United in the final, before losing the replay 1-0. 

1991 Palace finish third in the top flight (their highest league finish to date) and beat Everton at Wembley to win the Zenith Data Systems Cup.
 
1992 The Eagles were founder members of the Premier League.

1994 After being relegated the previous year, the Eagles bounce straight back by winning the Division One title.

1995 Palace finished fourth from bottom in the Premier League but are still relegated, as the Premier League was reduced to a 20-team competition. The club had more success in cup competitions though, reaching the semi-finals of both the League Cup and FA Cup. 

1997 A famous goal by David Hopkin secures a 1-0 win over Sheffield United in the Division One play-off final, to take the Eagles back into the Premier League.

1998 Once again the Eagles top-flight stay was a brief one as they finished bottom of the Premier League. Mark Goldberg takes over the club and becomes chairman, but 1998/99 the season ended with the club in financial problems and the business in the hands of administrators, where it was to remain for two seasons.

2000 The administration period finally came to an end in July, as Simon Jordan completed his takeover of the club. After just a few weeks of Crystal Palace 2000 Ltd, former manager Alan Smith was named as the new boss.

2001 The club retained their place in the First Division with victory on the final day at Stockport County under the management of caretaker boss Steve Kember.
 
2004 At the start of the year, Palace were in the bottom four of the First Division but Iain Dowie arrived as manager and a remarkable run of results lifted Palace into a play-off place. The Eagles overcame Sunderland on penalties to reach the final in Cardiff where Neil Shipperley's goal was enough to beat West Ham United and take Palace back into the Premier League.

2005 Palace are relegated after one of the most memorable final days in Premier League history. Dowie's side battled it out with Norwich, Southampton and West Brom to avoid relegation, but it was the latter who stayed up with victory against Portsmouth, while the Eagles were held to a 2-2 draw at Charlton. 

2010 After being placed in administration, under caretaker boss Paul Hart the club narrowly avoid relegation to League One on the final day of the season after a 2-2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday enough to keep the Eagles up and send the Owls down.
The CPFC 2010 consortium consisting of Steve Parish, Stephen Browett, Martin Long and Jeremy Hosking took control of the club in the summer.

2012 Palace are beaten on penalties by Cardiff City in the League Cup semi-final.

2013 Ian Holloway's Eagles finish fifth in the Championship, setting up a play-off semi-final tie with rivals Brighton. A 2-0 win at the Amex Stadium puts Palace into the final, where a Kevin Phillips penalty proves the deciding strike in a 1-0 victory over Watford at Wembley.

2014 Palace survive in the Premier League for the first time in their history after Tony Pulis' appointment as manager sees an upturn in fortunes.

2015 American investors David Blitzer and Joshua Harris invest in the club and create a new management structure with Steve Parish as chairman

2016 Alan Pardew helps the club into the FA Cup final for the second time in their history, however they are beaten once again by Manchester United 2-1 after extra-time.


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