Assertions Over the Label ‘Oldest Soccer Club’ Resulting Debate
Laying claim to the name of the oldest professional soccer club in the world builds with it a sizeable amount of pride and potential revenue. You can find countless who have claimed to be the oldest professional soccer club in the world in England, the birthplace of organized soccer. The standardization of the laws and regulations of the game were created with the formation of Football Association in 1863 in England before the earliest competitions were held.
Premier League team, Crystal Palace Football Club are now laying claim to the title of the world’s oldest professional soccer club. 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. The Crystal Palace official historian, Peter Manning believes he has uncovered evidence the London-based club is the oldest professional team in the world.
The club historian has new evidence, according to Sky Sports that the 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 controversy over the role of Crystal Palace came about because the club was initially formed to play cricket with soccer games scheduled 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. According to Manning, there is new evidence that suggests the team continued to play soccer over what was an apparent 20 year break until the Crystal Palace Company built a dedicated soccer stadium for the team.
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 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.