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Crystal Palace F.C. was founded in 1905 by workers at Crystal Palace (formerly the site of The Great Exhibition in the time of Queen Victoria). The team played on the Cup Final ground at Crystal Palace. After a brief stay at 'The Nest' in Selhurst, they moved into Selhurst Park in 1924. Palace joined the Football League Division Three in 1921 and finished as champions. Peter Simpson set the Palace record in 1931 with 46 goals in 42 games. In 1969 Palace managed promotion to the top flight for the first time but only stayed in top flight until 1973. They returned to then First Division (now the Premier League) under Manager Terry Venables in 1979 but were again relegated in 1981. Legendary striker Ian Wright helped lead them back to top flight in 1989 only to score against them on the final day of the season for his new club Arsenal, consigning Palace to relegation. They bounced back a year later and have had several very brief spells in the Premier League since its formation. In 1990 they came close to beating Manchester United in the FA Cup Final, a late equaliser from Mark Hughes saving United, who then won the replay 1-0.


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