Any soccer club that can be titled the world’s oldest professional club would carry a significant amount of club pride. Not forgetting, the potential for huge amounts of sales comes with the headline. There has been no shortage of claims to the title of oldest professional club since the start of organized soccer. The standardization of the laws of the game were created with the formation of Football Association in 1863 in England before the very first competitions took place.
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. 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. 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.
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.
The Crystal Palace Chairman praised Manning for adding 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.