Any soccer club that can be entitled the world’s oldest professional club would wear a sizeable amount of club pride. As well as, the potential for high amounts of sales comes with the headline. The title of being the oldest professional club has been claimed by countless teams in England, where the sport began so many years ago. Before the first official competitions of 1863 could be held, the Football Association was formed and established the rules of the game.
The oldest professional club title is now being claimed by the Crystal Palace Football club, a team of the Premier League. The Sheffield FC, having been formed in 1857 took the title from the Notts County team as they were formed in 1862. The Crystal Palace official historian, Peter Manning believes he has uncovered evidence the London-based club is the oldest professional team in the world.
Sky Sports reports the club historian has uncovered evidence Crystal Palace was formed in 1861. In 1862, the Crystal Palace Company started playing on the Crystal Palace site as part of the world fair.
The Crystal Palace team was initially formed to play cricket and would schedule soccer games around the summer cricket season. Everyone assumed that the team stopped play in 1867 to prevent the cricket field form 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 history of the Crystal Palace Football Club starts when the team merged with the historical London County Cricket Club.