Crystal Palace Football Club is a professional football club host their matches at Selhurst Park, South London. Though officially founded in 1905, the club claims to be a successor of the original amateur Crystal Palace football club established in 1861, a claim which would make them the oldest football club in the world.
Crystal Palace, notable have only dropped below the second tier of English football only once, between 1974 and 1977 before rising to the top flight in the late 1980s and early 1990s, during which they finished third place in the old First Division, their highest achievement in history, but were denied qualification for the UEFA Cup due to the limited number of European places available to English clubs after the aftermath of the Heysel Stadium disaster.
Crystal Palace went on to become founding members of the Premier League, and were relegated from the top flight in 1998, and went into administration twice before returning again to the Premier League as a solid mid-table side under former England manager Roy Hodgson.
Wearing their iconic red and blue vertical striped kit, Crystal Palace retain a fierce long-standing rivalry with Brighton & Hove Albion, whom which they contend the M23 derby with in the Premier League, and being a London club, share rivalries with fellow South London clubs Millwall and Charlton Athletic as well as a multitude of other clubs in the capital.