Crystal Palace wants to be recognized as the oldest football club
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Crystal Palace wants to be recognized as the oldest football club

English Premier League side Crystal Palace wants to be recognized as the oldest league club in existence still playing professional football. 

This follows the making public of new research which revealed the club's connection to a team that was established in 1861, which was part of the founder members of the Football Association.

Sheffield F.C, which was founded on October 24th, 1857, is regarded as the world's oldest club, with Notts County, founded in November 1862 the oldest league club.

However, according to the research, which was done by Peter Manning, the London club has links to the Crystal Palace football team established in 1861 and played its first match in March 1862.

"The Crystal Palace was the world's first major theme park and it was owned and run by the Crystal Palace Company," read part of the research.

"Everything within the Palace and its grounds was part of the Crystal Palace's and the Crystal Palace Company's business, including the Crystal Palace Cricket Club, set up in 1857, the emergence of the football club in 1861, through to the setting up and the taking of a majority share stake in the professional football club in 1905.

"Without the Crystal Palace and the Crystal Palace Company, there would have been no Crystal Palace Football Club. It was always one club and always part of the Crystal Palace Company's business.

"As the founding of the football club dates back to 1861, it can claim to be the oldest professional league club in the world."

The club's chairman, Steve Parish, thanked Manning for his exemplary work. 

"As a lifelong supporter of Crystal Palace, it's amazing that we have a legitimate claim to be the oldest professional league club still in existence, that we were in the very first FA meetings, and that our history dates all the way back to the Victorian cricketers of 1861 at the Palace even involving the great W.G. Grace,"

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