Soccer Fixture: Crystal Palace Versus West Ham United


The first meeting between these two clubs took place in the old Southern League First Division on 29th September, 1906, just one year after Crystal Palace F.C had been formed.

The original Crystal Palace was constructed to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. It was erected in Hyde Park, London out of cast-iron and the recent invention of plate glass – which was strong but also cheap and so used extensively. Because of these huge walls and ceilings of glass the building required little interior lighting, hence it became known as a ‘crystal palace.’ After the exhibition the building was rebuilt on Penge Peak, beside Sydenham Hill in an affluent part of south London and those working on the building – which subsequently gave its name to the area as a whole – were believed to have formed a football team to play in its grounds. This original Crystal Palace club became a founder member of the Football Association in 1861 and its origins also accounted for its first nickname – ‘The Glaziers.’

In 1895 the Crystal Palace venue became the permanent location for the FA Cupราคาไหล ufabet Final and, ten years later, a new Crystal Palace football club was formed to be its resident team.

That first Southern league match finished 1.1 and was watched by a crowd estimated at 10,000. After WWI, in 1920, the Football League decided to add a third tier in the south of England – the Third Division – which was made up of many of the clubs from the Southern League, of which Crystal Palace was still one. Palace promptly won the league in that inaugural 1920-21 season (before the Third Division was split into North and South sections) and thus found themselves facing West Ham United in the Football League’s Second Division on 4th March, 1922 in what was their first Football League clash.

West Ham United had been originally formed as Thames Ironworks in 1895 – just as the Football Association were deciding on Crystal Palace as their FA Cup final venue – and had joined the Football League in 1919. They were a powerful team in those days and on their way to the first FA Cup Final to be held at its new home at Wembley Stadium in 1923. Although they were to lose that final 2.0 to Bolton Wanderers in front of King George V and Billie (the famous white horse) they had also earned promotion as runners-up to Notts County that season and would play in the First Division for the first time in 1923-24.