Crystal Palace Football Club
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To devoted fans across south London, the ups and downs of Crystal Palace Football Club are an alternative history of the 20th century.
Crystal Palace Football Club was established in 1905 in the grounds of the Crystal Palace. The great glass and metal exhibition hall gave the team its original nickname, 'The Glaziers'. The first season was a success and Crystal Palace became champions of lowly Southern League Division Two.
The First World War forced changes on the club. It temporarily moved to Herne Hill running track and played in the London Combination League. After the war, Palace established itself in Selhurst. First at the Nest, the club's home when it won the 1921 Division Three title, and then at Selhurst Park, where it has remained ever since.
Division Four was created in 1958, and Crystal Palace Football Club was a founder member. Arthur Wait became chairman in the same year. One of the most important figures in the club's history, Wait stayed in post for 16 years, redeveloped the Selhurst Park ground and saw Palace into the top division for the first time in its history. It was a win against Fulham on 19 April 1969 that took the Palace into Division One.
The early 1970s saw a slump in Palace's footballing fortunes and a revamp of the club's image. The new crest and accompanying nickname, 'The Eagles', did little to cushion the blow of two relegations in a row in 1973 and 1974. Nevertheless, the Eagles' famous 'bouncebackability', saw them back in the top division by the end of the decade. A series of bitter relegation battles and triumphant returns to form followed as Crystal Palace alternated between the top two divisions for the rest of the century.
After narrowly losing the FA Cup to Manchester United in 1990, Crystal Palace Football Club won the Zenith Data Systems Cup in 1991 and finally had a trophy to show off.
Crystal Palace Football Club celebrated its centenary season in 2005--2006.
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