Club Name: Crystal Palace Football Club
Founding Year: 1861
Home Stadium: Selhurst Park
Training Ground: Copers Cope Road
Current League: Premier League
Current Manager: Roy Hodgson
Rival Clubs: Brighton & Hove Albion, Charlton Athletic, Millwall

Crystal Palace are the oldest football club in England and boast a fabled story dating back to 1861. The Eagles were also founding members of both, the Football Association and FA Cup, as an amateur side.

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Crystal Palace club name

Cricketers from the Crystal Palace Club sought to create a football team in 1861 and elected to retain their moniker. While the Crystal Palace Company also embraced its moniker in 1905 as it founded the professional club. Archived 19th-century documents proved the connection between the two teams.

Founded as: Crystal Palace Football Club (1861-present)

Nickname: The Eagles

Crystal Palace founding year

The Crystal Palace Club agreed to create the football team in 1861 at the request of its cricket players. Members of the cricket club had lobbied to offer them a second team to provide a sport to play in the winter. Thus the amateur Crystal Palace Football Club came into existence as the team’s first guise.

But the amateur team faded from the record books before the Crystal Palace Company established a professional football club come 1905. It sought to form a team as a new attraction to play at the sports stadium within the palace grounds. The venue was also the first permanent home of the FA Cup final.

Crystal Palace stadium

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Crystal Palace have called Selhurst Park their home stadium since 1924 after buying an old brickfield site. The Eagles bought the land off the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway Company to finalise a long-planned move away from their temporary residence at the Croydon Common Athletic Ground.

First stadium: The Crystal Palace (1905-1915)

Previous stadium: Herne Hill Velodrome (1915-1917)

Previous stadium: Croydon Common Athletic Ground (1917-1924)

Current stadium: Selhurst Park (1924-present)

Crystal Palace training ground

The Crystal Palace Training Ground has been the Eagles’ base in Beckenham since the 2000s. But they only bought their site, which is also commonly referred to by its location on Copers Cope Road, for £2.3m in 2013. They were paying £200k a year to rent the venue but wanted to own it themselves.

Current training ground: Crystal Palace Training Ground

Address: Training Ground, Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, Kent, England, BR3 1RJ

Current league

Crystal Palace are one of the 20 current members of the Premier League following their promotion to the English top-flight in 2013. Ian Holloway ended the Eagles’ eight-year hiatus from the top tier with a 1-0 win over Watford in the Championship play-off final. Kevin Phillips struck the only goal at Wembley.

Previous league: English Football League, Championship (2005-2013)

Current league: Premier League (2013-present)

Current manager

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Crystal Palace confirmed that Roy Hodgson was staying on as their manager for the 2023/24 season in June 2023. He had initially returned to Selhurst Park during March 2023 to resume their helm after Patrick Vieira’s firing. The Frenchman had replaced Hodgson in charge of the club back in July 2021.

Previous manager: Patrick Vieira (July 2021 – March 2023)

Current manager: Roy Hodgson (March 2023 – June 2024 expected)

Crystal Palace contact details


General enquires, email: [email protected]

Tickets, email: [email protected]

Tickets, phone: 0333 360 1861

Other contact details: Full list here

Address: Selhurst Park, Whitehorse Lane, London, England, SE25 6PU

Crystal Palace tickets

Fans wanting to buy Crystal Palace tickets can do so through the Eagles’ official website. The Selhurst Park side sell single-game and season tickets, while their membership packages give exclusive access to Premier League tickets. The Eagles ballot off the away tickets and use loyalty points to give access.