‘Oldest Soccer Club’ Claims Creating Debate
The players of any soccer club that was named the world’s oldest professional club would definitely feel enormous pride in their organization. Since the origins of organized soccer in England, there have no shortage of claims to the position of the oldest professional club. The Football Association was created in England in 1863 with the standardizing of the regulations of the game taking place before the first competitions were created.
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.
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.
Even though the Crystal Palace team was originally formed to play cricket, they 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 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 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.