After 15 years of Crystal Palace history in the Southern League, joined the Football League in 1920. In 1969, they were promoted to Division One for the first time, and their highest finish was third in 1991. They’ve made it to the FA Cup final twice but have never won it. The club went through a lot of financial difficulties in the 2000s, and various owners came and went.
In 1905, the club was founded. Workers at Crystal Palace, the massive exhibition hall composed of glass, founded the initial iteration of Crystal Palace, also known as Crystal Palace FC. However, in the 1870s, this club was disbanded. In connection with the football stadium Crystal Palace, which was established in 1894, a second club with the same name was created in 1905.
Crystal Palace was one of the teams chosen to join the Football League’s third division for the 1920-21 season. The London club won the Third Division ahead of Southampton and Queens Park Rangers, and was the sole team promoted to the Second Division.
Crystal Palace’s supporters are mostly from the South London, Kent, and Surrey areas. Their first house, The Crystal Palace, was on the Kent-Surrey border, while Selhurst Park remained in Surrey until the London Government Act of 1963, when Croydon was included into Greater London. The Holmesdale Road Stand, where the ultras group the Holmesdale Fanatics have been situated since 2005, is responsible for the club’s fervent support during home games.
At least two more supporters organizations have formed among the fans. The Palace Independent Supporters’ Association was formed to voice fan concerns to the club, while the Crystal Palace Supporters’ Trust was formed to allow supporters to buy the club during the administration of 2000 and is still active today.
Over the years, the fans have created a variety of fanzines. Eagle Eye began publication in 1987 and lasted until 1994, when it was replaced by Palace Echo, which began publication in 1995 and lasted until 2007. During the 1990s, fans also released The Eastern Eagles, So Glad You’re Mine, and One More Point. When One More Point stopped publishing, Five Year Plan took its place and continues to exist online. Supporters also discuss on two online forums, The BBS and Holmesdale.net, which the club uses to interact with fans.
Palace competes for support against a number of other London teams, although it does have a sizable catchment area of 900,000. When the new owners came over in 2010, they asked for feedback from the fans before making any further moves. They held a design consultation for a new badge, and when their preferred proposals were rejected, the club picked a design based on a fan suggestion on an online forum. The Crystal Palace F.C. Foundation works with the nearby London Boroughs of Croydon, Bromley, and Sutton to offer sports and educational programs with the hopes of expanding its fan and geographical base. The Football League’s Silver Standard Community Scheme Award was presented to the Foundation in August 2009.
A large number of celebrities are also fans of the club. Kevin Day and Jo Brand present an annual comedy night in support of Comic Relief and the Palace Academy, and other comedians Eddie Izzard and Mark Steel are also big Palace fans. Palace Ale, a beer sold in the ground, was created by actor Neil Morrissey, and Bill Nighy is a patron of the Crystal Palace Children’s Charity (CPSCC). The Crystal Palace Vice Presidents Club is chaired by radio DJ David Jensen, who also served as a spokesperson for the CPFC 2010 consortium during their takeover effort. From 1968 until 1970, actor, writer, and producer John Salthouse played for Palace as John Lewis, and was also a mascot for the club as a kid. In his part as Tony in Abigail’s Party, he included the club. Susanna Reid, a TV presenter who appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and visited Selhurst Park for inspiration, acknowledged her love of Palace whilst on the show.
Both amateur and professional clubs were founded by the Crystal Palace Company. Sydney Bourne, the first chairman of the professional Crystal Palace team, was discovered by club secretary Edmund Goodman while looking through records of FA Cup Final ticket buyers. Goodman recognized his name as one who had purchased a large number of tickets each year, and he met with Bourne, who was enthusiastic about the new club’s concept. At the club’s inaugural meeting, Bourne was appointed to the board of directors and elected chairman. Until his death in 1930, he was chairman of the board.
In 1949, local builder Arthur Wait formed a group with seven other businessmen to acquire the club, and the leadership was first rotated. In 1958, Wait was appointed chairman, and in 1972, he was succeeded by Raymond Bloye. Bloye’s ownership remained until January 26, 1981, when the club was taken up by property developer Ron Noades and his partners. On June 5, 1998, Noades sold the club to Mark Goldberg, becoming the club’s second-longest-serving chairman after Sydney Bourne. Noades, on the other hand, kept possession of Selhurst Park and leased it to the club. The club’s stay under Goldberg was a failure, and Palace was placed into administration in March 1999. Despite the supporters’ efforts to take ownership of the club via the Crystal Palace Supporters’ Trust, billionaire and longtime fan Simon Jordan arranged a deal with creditors and the administrator, and a new company, CPFC 2000, gained possession. This firm went into administration in January 2010, and it took until June of that year for a coalition of four affluent supporters known as CPFC 2010 to achieve a buyout.
Steve Parish, Martin Long, Stephen Browett, and Jeremy Hosking, a group of four businessmen, founded CPFC 2010 with each holding a 25% stake in the firm. On August 20, 2010, the four successfully negotiated a takeover with P&A Partnership administrator Brendan Guilfoyle, and a corporate voluntary arrangement was duly approved by business creditors. The partnership also bought Selhurst Park back from Lloyds Bank after a fan protest forced the bank to agree to terms.
On December 18, 2015, American investors Josh Harris and David Blitzer announced the signing of a new contract. In a new structure, Steve Parish would remain chairman, with Harris and Blitzer as general partners, while Browett, Long, and Hosking would maintain a significant interest, according to the club.
The following ownership figures were later revealed in the company accounts: Steve Parish 18 percent, Steve Browett 5%, Jeremy Hosking 5%, and Martin Long 2.5 percent, with the remainder owned by Palace Holdco LP (a Delaware limited partnership) 67.5 percent and Palace Parallel LLC (also a Delaware company) 1.5 percent. Each of Palace Holdco’s and Palace Parallel’s preference shares is worth 180 dollars. The actual ownership of the club is unclear since Delaware businesses are not required to declare their owners, but Steve Parish confirmed that each of Harris and Blitzer had an 18 percent stake to match his own.
Another American investor, John Textor, joined as a fourth partner in August 2021, with an investment of £87.5 million.