Whatever soccer club that can be known as the world’s oldest professional club would carry a sizeable amount of club pride. As well as, the possibilities for large amounts of revenue comes with the title. There has been a good number of boasts to the title of oldest professional club since the dawn of organized soccer. The Football Association was created in England in 1863 with the standardizing of the laws of the game taking place before the first competitions were created.
The Crystal Palace Football Club, one of the Premier League teams, is now claiming that they are the world’s oldest professional club. There is no doubt Sheffield FC is the world’s oldest soccer team having been formed in 1857, but until now Notts County was thought to be the oldest professional soccer team having 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 Crystal Palace team was formed in 1861 as reported by the Sky Sports. The Crystal Palace Company formed the team and began playing games at the world fair in 1862 held on the Crystal Palace site.
The controversy comes as the Crystal Palace team formed to place cricket but would play soccer around the summer cricket season. To save the cricket pitch from the damage by playing soccer, the team disbanded in 1867. At least, that’s what everyone thought. 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 and the Football Association share a rich history dating back to the Football Associations formation in 1863 and the clubs participation in the 1871 FA Cup. The history of the Crystal Palace Football Club starts when the team merged with the historical London County Cricket Club.