Crystal Palace

Premier League side Crystal Palace are changing its crest to celebrate the club’s 1861 origins.

The new crest will also celebrate the historic role played by the origins in the development of modern football with the founders being set up by cricketers from the Crystal Palace Club, replacing 1905 on the badge, the year when the professional club was founded. The remainder of the crest will remain unchanged.

Formed on the grounds of the Crystal Palace, the club took part in the earliest FA meetings to agree on the rules of the sport and played in the first FA Cup 150 years ago.

“The 1861 crest will appear for the first time on the club’s new strips for the forthcoming season, following five years of meticulous research by historian Peter Manning, who documented the unbroken link dating back to the formation of the first Crystal Palace team,” the club said in a statement.

The team stopped playing matches for several years in the late 19th century – as did Civil Service F.C, whose foundation in 1863 is recognized by the FA and football historians – and when a professional Crystal Palace Club was set up in 1905 it acknowledged its connection to the Crystal Palace Company’s amateur team.

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