The players of any soccer club that was named the world’s oldest professional club should feel enormous pride in their organization. There’s been plenty who have stated to be the oldest professional soccer club on earth in England, the birthplace of organized soccer. Prior to when the very first official competitions of 1863 could take place, the Football Association was started and established the laws of the game.
The oldest professional club title is now being claimed by the Crystal Palace Football club, a team of the Premier League. 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. New evidence has been uncovered by the official historian of the Crystal Palace that shows the London club to be the oldest professional soccer club.
Sky Sports reports the club historian has uncovered evidence 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. It was originally thought the soccer team was disbanded in 1876 to avoid damaging the cricket pitch. According to Manning, there is new evidence that suggests the team continued to play soccer over what was an apparent 20 year break until the Crystal Palace Company built a dedicated soccer stadium for the team.
Peter Manning was praised by Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parrish for his impressive work on the history of the club that could add even 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 history of the Crystal Palace Football Club starts when the team merged with the historical London County Cricket Club.