Conflict Over Title ‘Oldest Soccer Club’ Claims
Soccer is one of the most prevalent sport in the world and laying assertions of being the oldest professional club around the world presents with it a significant amount of pride and potential revenue. Since the birth of the sport so many years ago in England, there have been many organizations that have claimed the name of the oldest professional club. Right before the first official competitions of 1863 could be held, the Football Association was established and created the regulations of the game.
The title of the world’s oldest professional club is now being claimed the Premier League team, the Crystal Palace Football 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.
The Crystal Palace team was formed in 1861 as reported by the Sky Sports. As part of the world fair being held on the Crystal Palace site in 1862, under the guidance of the Crystal Palace Company, the team was formed and began playing games.
The Crystal Palace team was initially formed to play cricket and would schedule soccer games 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.
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 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.