Headline of ‘Oldest Soccer Club’ Creating Conflict
Staking claim to the name of the oldest professional soccer club across the globe builds with it a high amount of pride and possible revenue. There has been an abundance of assertions to the title of oldest professional club since the dawn of organized soccer. The standardisation of the laws of the game were created with the formation of Football Association in 1863 in England before the earliest competitions were held.
The title of the world’s oldest professional club is now being claimed the Premier League team, the Crystal Palace Football club. There is no doubt Sheffield FC is the world’s oldest soccer team having been formed in 1857, but until now Notts County was thought to be the oldest professional soccer team having formed in 1862. Peter Manning, the official Crystal Palace historian believes that the London based club is the oldest professional club as he has uncovered new information supporting his theory.
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.
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. 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.
The Crystal Palace Chairman praised Manning for adding 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 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.