The Origin of Crystal Palace FC Vol.7 Book

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The Origin of Crystal Palace FC Vol.7 Book


  • How did Palace increase the capacity of their new ground, the Nest at Selhurst?
  • Who removed Croydon Common’s club crest from the gable of the grandstand at the Nest?
  • Where did Palace get the second-hand turnstiles to upgrade the entrances at their new ground?
  • Who was top of the league on the day the Great War ended?
  • How many Palace players died in the First World War?
  • How did the football authorities deal with aggressive pitch invasions at the Nest?
  • What happened to Palace’s home attendances after their move to the Borough of Croydon?
  • Did Palace assist the creation of the new Football League Division 3?
  • Why did Palace not move back to Crystal Palace Arena after the war?
  • What was the cause of violent scenes at the Nest in November 1919?

Crystal Palace FC had survived the First World War, financially, by the skin of their teeth.

Their local rivals, Croydon Common FC, were not so lucky. They were evicted from their small ground, the Nest, opposite Selhurst Station, in 1916. A year later, they were forced by their creditors into bankruptcy - and into oblivion.

Palace occupied the Nest in March 1918, judging it preferable to the Herne Hill cycle track, despite the terms of their new lease which left the club at the mercy of just one month’s notice. Their landlords - the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway Company - made it quite clear from the outset that Palace should regard their tenancy at the Nest as strictly temporary as they had other, very concrete, plans for the site.

So, starting with the 1918/1919 season, Palace had a new home. The Borough of Croydon. How would they be welcomed there?

Gorgeously illustrated throughout with material provided by collectors and fans, and meticulously researched entirely from original source information, readers of this book will share Palace’s early adventures at the Nest.

Product code: 2200807


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