‘Oldest Soccer Club’ Claims Resulting Dispute
A soccer club that can be known as the world’s oldest professional club would carry a significant amount of club pride. And of course, the potential for large amounts of income comes with the headline. The brand of being the oldest professional club continues to be claimed by countless teams in England, where the sport began so many years ago. The standardisation of the rules of the game were formed with the formation of Football Association in 1863 in England before the first competitions took place.
The Crystal Palace Football Club, one of the Premier League teams, is now claiming that they are the world’s oldest professional club. The Sheffield FC, having been formed in 1857 took the title from the Notts County team as they were formed in 1862. It may turn out that the London team could be the oldest professional soccer club as Peter Manning, the Crystal Palace official historian has discovered evidence to support this.
The club historian has new evidence, according to Sky Sports that the Crystal Palace was formed in 1861. The club initially formed as part of the world fair held on the Crystal Palace site under the leadership of the Crystal Palace Company and began playing games in 1862.
The controversy comes as the Crystal Palace team formed to place cricket but would play soccer around the summer cricket season. Everyone believed the team had split up in 1867 to save the cricket field from being damaged. Manning believes he has now uncovered evidence the club played soccer throughout the believed break that lasted 20 years before the Crystal Palace Company built the soccer team a stadium of their own.
The Crystal Palace Chairman praised Manning for adding more prestige to the Premier League team. The club has a rich history that dates back to the 1863 formation of The Football Association and played in the first FA Cup competition in 1871. The development of the Crystal Palace Football Club began in earnest when the cricket team merged with the legendary London County Cricket Club that was once the home of the iconic cricketer W.G, Grace.