Contention Over Label ‘Oldest Soccer Club’ Claims
The players of any soccer club that was named the world’s oldest professional club would certainly feel enormous pride in their organization. Ever since the origins of organized soccer in England, there have a huge amount of claims to the label of the oldest professional club. Right before the earliest competitions were held in England the Football Association was started with the office game regulations back in 1863.
Premier League team, Crystal Palace Football Club are now laying claim to the title of the world’s oldest professional soccer club. The title of oldest professional soccer club went to the Notts County team formed in 1862 until the Sheffield FC claimed the title as they were formed in 1857. 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.
According to Sky Sports the club historian has uncovered evidence that the Crystal Palace team was formed in 1861. In 1862, the Crystal Palace Company started playing on the Crystal Palace site as part of the world fair.
The controversy comes as the Crystal Palace team formed to place cricket but would play soccer around the summer cricket season. It was originally thought the soccer team was disbanded in 1876 to avoid damaging the cricket pitch. The team continued to play, according to Manning over the apparent 20 year break before starting to play in the dedicated soccer stadium built by the Crystal Palace Company.
Steve Parrish, the Crystal Palace Chairman praised Peter Manning for his impressive work at the club. 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 history of the Crystal Palace Football Club starts when the team merged with the historical London County Cricket Club.