Being labeled the oldest professional soccer club in the world would bring an sizeable amount of pride and potentially, a significant amount of sales. There has been an abundance of boasts to the title of oldest professional club since the dawn of organized soccer. Right before the very first official competitions of 1863 could be held, the Football Association was started and created the laws of the game.
Premier League team, Crystal Palace Football Club are now laying claim to the title of the world’s oldest professional soccer 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. 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.
Sky Sports reports the club historian has uncovered evidence Crystal Palace was formed in 1861. The Crystal Palace Company formed the team and began playing games at the world fair in 1862 held on the Crystal Palace site.
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. It was originally thought the soccer team was disbanded in 1876 to avoid damaging the cricket pitch. 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 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 history of the Crystal Palace Football Club starts when the team merged with the historical London County Cricket Club.