Crystal Palace Football Club were formed in September 1905 and played in the Southern League until 1920 when they were promoted to the Third Division.
Crystal Palace were originally nicknamed the 'Glaziers' in direct reference to eponymous glass exhibition hall. They inherited the stadium from the original Crystal Palace FC (who were formed in 1861) but moved to Selhurst Park in 1924. These days Palace are known as the 'Eagles', a change brought about by flamboyant manager Malcolm Allison in 1976.
Arguably Palace's best period came under the leadership of the talented, young manager Steve Coppell. He lead Crystal Palace to promotion back to the First Division by winning the play offs in 1988/89, and the following season Palace were in the FA Cup Final for the first time, after a thrilling 4-3 victory over Liverpool in the semi final. The Final ended in a 3-3 draw with Coppell's former club (as a player) Manchester United. Unfortunately, Palace lost the reply 1-0.
At the end of the 1990/91 Crystal Palace finished in third place in Division One, to date their highest ever league finish. Palace were then founder members of the new Premier League but were relegated on goal difference at the end of that inaugural season.
Under new manager, Alan Smith, Palace were crowned Division One Champions in 1993/94, and in 1994/95 reached the semi finals of both the domestic Cup competitions but were relegated on the final day back to Division One.
Under Steve Coppell's third spell at the club, Palace were promoted back to the Premier League after winning the 1997 play off final, with a last minute winner from David Hopkin. At the start of the new Premier League season, Attilio Lombardo was signed, who to many Palace fans was their most gifted player ever.
After many changes in ownership and managerial changes, including Steve Coppell arriving for the fourth time, Palace once again won the Division One play off final against West Ham in 2004, but were relegated again on the final day of the following season. Goal scoring hero, Andrew Johnson, was soon after sold to Everton for a Palace record of £8.6 million.