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The Origin of Crystal Palace FC

This two-volume history - engagingly-written and staggering in its depth and breadth, chronicles the 53-year-long quest of the Crystal Palace Company to host commercial football in Crystal Palace Park.


The narrative follows the fortunes of its football club - the Crystal Palace Football Club - through its highs and lows, from its commencement in 1861, its role in the ‘backbone’ of the early Football Association, its part in the creation of the FA Cup competition, via its evolution to professionalism in 1905 in Volume 1 - to its complete separation from the Company in 1914, its eviction from Crystal Palace Park in 1915, its moves to other grounds, and its relocation to Selhurst Park in 1924 in Volume 2.


Drawn entirely from primary sources, and four years in the writing, the book reveals fascinating biographic information about the men who founded the club in 1861 and about the commercial pressures and ambitions which motivated the Crystal Palace Company to persevere on-and-off with its Football Club through six decades as an attraction in its Park.


The history is laden with groundbreaking, eye-opening insight into the facts behind the early Football Association; its faction-riven birth, its life-or-death struggle for survival in its first decade; the key supporting role played by Crystal Palace FC in all of this; and the eventual explosive triumph of the beautiful game

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