Premier League Profiles: Who are Crystal Palace?
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Crystal Palace were founded in 1905 and though they immediately applied to accepted into the Football League there application was initially rejected. They then applied to be part of the Southern League First Division, that application was also rejected so the Eagles had to settle for a place in the Second Division of the Southern League. In their first season despite losing the opening day defeat, they went on to win the league snatching the title from nearest rivals Leyton Orient. Despite a superb showing in their first ever season, Palace struggled in the Southern League First Division, finishing second from bottom. But they rediscovered their form in the FA Cup, where they beat Newcastle United at St James' Park in the first round – a result that still stands out as one of the best in the club’s history. Southern League champions Fulham were also disposed of, as were Brentford in round three before Everton finally knocked Palace out of the tournament. The club struggled post second world war, as the Football League proper resumed. Palace finished bottom of their respective division and to rectify this the club spent around £30,000 to change their fortunes which were a huge outlay for teams at the time. Their spending did not produce results on the pitch as manager Ronnie Rooke resigned in November of 1950. Towards the end of the 1950's and early 1960's, Palace's woes started to ease as they finally achieved promotion under manager Dick Graham. Under Steve Coppell in the 1980's, the club gradually built up a squad consisting of non-league players such as Andy Gray and Ian Wright, the latter went on to have a successful partnership with Mark Bright. Coppell led the side to a famous FA Cup final against Manchester United in 1990 but lost out 1-0 in the replay after drawing 3-3 in the first game. In Vicente Guaita - Getafe, free Cheikh Kouyate - West Ham, undisclosed Max Meyer - Free Out
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