Title of ‘Oldest Soccer Club’ Causing Contention
Any soccer club that can be known as the world’s oldest professional club would bear a large amount of club pride. And undoubtedly, the opportunities for high amounts of income comes with the headline. The label of being the oldest professional club is still claimed by numerous teams in England, since the sport started so many years ago. Right before the first competitions took place in England the Football Association was started with the office game laws back in 1863.
The oldest professional club title is now being claimed by the Crystal Palace Football club, a team of the Premier League. 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. Peter Manning, the official Crystal Palace historian believes that the London based club is the oldest professional club as he has uncovered new information supporting his theory.
The Crystal Palace team was formed in 1861 as reported by the Sky Sports. 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 Crystal Palace team was initially formed to play cricket and would schedule soccer games around the summer cricket season. Everyone believed the team had split up in 1867 to save the cricket field from being damaged. 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.
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 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.