The games shown below are all amateur occasions - for more information on the club's 19th-century roots, click here now.
15th March, 1862: Forest 1-0 Crystal Palace, Leytonstone
Palace: Allport, Bell, Cutbill, P.Cutbill, Day, Head, Jackson, R.Lloyd, Lloyd, Lloyd, Medwin, Phelps, Sharland, Turner, Urwick.
In their first recorded game of football, Crystal Palace travelled east to face Forest F.C., which was founded in 1859. Some of the members of the new Crystal Palace Football Club were old boys of Forest School in Walthamstow. Through this connection, most notably the Cutbill brothers, Crystal Football Club had links with Forest F.C.
Both Crystal Palace and Forest F.C. would become founder members of the Football Association in 1863, making this the first match between two teams who founded the FA.
5th April, 1862: Crystal Palace 0-4 Forest, Crystal Palace
Palace: W.Allport, F.Bevington, W.Cutbill, E.Cutbill, F.Day, T.Jackson, T.Lloyd, H.Lloyd, H.Lloyd Jr., W. Noakes, Sharland, J.Turner, T.Urwick, H.Wood, A.Wood.
It is known that Crystal Palace played Forest again in 1863, however the score, date and lineups are unconfirmed.
21st March, 1863: Forest 2-1 Crystal Palace, Leytonstone
The lineups for this match are not known.