Crystal Palace FC had considered its 'start' date as 1905 when the Crystal Palace Company Ltd oversaw the formation of a professional football club. However, following new research by the local historian Peter Manning, the Club now recognise that an earlier incarnation of Crystal Palace FC, also formed under the same Crystal Palace Company and playing in its same grounds, can rightfully claim to be the true origin of this famous football club. Crystal Palace FC was one of the founders of the FA and was key in the battle to follow what football fans now see as 'football' rules against those who favoured more of a 'rugby' game.
The Palace badge, however, still displays 1905 and this campaign is simply to demonstrate that there is a level of support among fans to correct this error and change the badge to 1861, thus finally cementing the clubs true and full history.
The palace1861.com campaign has a high IT cost in developing and monitoring the website behind this campaign, so if you're a Palace fan or simply a true football supporter anywhere in the World that is interested in our beautiful game and its history, we simply ask that you help us recover some of the costs of this project which have been borne by just one individual. Many thanks for your help.