Much of Crystal Palace F.C.’s success has come in England’s second tier, where the Eagles have won two championships. Established in 1905, Crystal Palace spent its early years competing in the Southern League before joining the Football League in 1920. Crystal Palace became inaugural champions of the newly formed Third Division during the 1920-21 season. Since 1964, Crystal Palace has bounced between England’s top two leagues, placing third overall in the First Division in 1990-91 — the club’s best ever finish in the top flight.
The following season, Crystal Palace became a founding member of the rebranded Premier League. The club has been FA Cup finalists twice in 1990 and in 2016 — losing to Manchester City on both occasions.
Peter Simpson, who played six seasons with Crystal Palace from 1929 to 1935, is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer with 165 total goals in 195 matches. Simpson also holds the record for most goals in a single season. The former striker netted 54 during the 1930-31 campaign, 46 of which came in league action. Andy Johnson holds the milestone for most league goals during a top-flight season, with 21 tallies in 2004-05.
Long-serving defender Jim Cannon, who played 17 seasons from 1971 to 1988, is the club’s leader in all-time appearances with 663.
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Crystal Palace Standings Right Now
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Crystal Palace flirted with demotion during the 2015-16 season, finishing just five points ahead of the final relegated team — Newcastle United. They faced a similar scenario for large portions of the 2016-17 season before pulling away from the bottom feeders in the final stretch.
The team was in shambles under the guidance of former manager Alan Pardew, who promoted a style of football Palace plainly couldn’t pull off. He wanted his team to be comfortable in possession and boss the ball. But that’s not Palace and new Sam Allardyce knew it. He made sure Palace were much more organized and tight at the back, allowing the London side to pounce on the counter and play to their striker’s strengths.
Palace, with 41 points, evenutally finished in 14th spot. It’s a more comfortable position than the rest of the season indicated, as Palace struggled in the drop zone for large stints of the season.
The London side struggled mightily at home and were unable to string consistent results together. They won six of 19 matches at Selhurst Park, accumulating 20 points. The third word home record in the Premier League, Palace will have to improve their performances at home next season to improve upon their league standing.
Palace had far fewer issues on their travles, finishing with the eighth best away record. In fact, Palace gained 21 points on the road, one more than at home, which is almost unheard of at the top level of English football. I wouldn’t bank on that trend continuing into forthcoming seasons, though.
One thing is guaranteed when it comes to Palace. As long as Allardyce is in charge, they’ll be tough to score against. Their defensive record improved markedly when Big Sam took the helm. Sure, they were still fraught with inconsistency, but thigs at the back improved starkly as Allardyce gained more and more control.
Don’t be afraid to back Palace as an FA Cup futures bet. They are built for cup competitions, and can beat anyone on their day. Equipped with lethal strikers – Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha – and a solid gameplan, Palace have the pedigree to cause some damage in knockout competitions.
Look for them to improve upon their 14th place position, probably capping off around midtable. They most defiinitely won’t be dragged into the relegation dogfight in coming seasons.