Claims About ‘Oldest Soccer Club’ Causing Dispute
Soccer is one of the most favored sport in the world and staking assertions of being the oldest professional club around the world carries with it a large amount of pride and potential income. Ever since the beginning of the sport plenty of years ago in England, there have actually been many organizations that have stated the label of the oldest professional club. The standardisation of the rules of the game were formed with the formation of Football Association in 1863 in England before the earliest competitions were held.
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. 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.
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. 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.