Laying claim to the headline of the oldest professional soccer club in the world comes with it a significant amount of pride and likely revenue. Since the birth of the sport so many years ago in England, there have actually been many organizations that have claimed the name of the oldest professional club. The Football Association was formed in England in 1863 with the standardizing of the rules of the game taking place before the earliest competitions were created.
Premier League team, Crystal Palace Football Club are now laying claim to the title of the world’s oldest professional soccer club. The Notts County team was thought to be the oldest professional football club, having formed in 1862 but it seems the Sheffield FC is the oldest team since 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.
The club historian has new evidence, according to Sky Sports that the Crystal Palace was formed in 1861. 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 controversy comes as the Crystal Palace team formed to place cricket but would play soccer around the summer cricket season. Everyone assumed that the team stopped play in 1867 to prevent the cricket field form being damaged. The team continued to play, according to Manning over the apparent 20 year break before starting to play in the dedicated soccer stadium built by the Crystal Palace Company.
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 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 history of the Crystal Palace Football Club starts when the team merged with the historical London County Cricket Club.