West Ham face Crystal Palace this weekend in another huge game for the Hammers, here are 10 facts about this week’s opponents.
1. Founded in 1905, Palace played their homes games inside the historic Crystal Palace grounds which was then the venue for the FA Cup Final.
2. Palace moved to Selhurst Park in 1924 and have remained there ever since, Selhurst Park is one of the old school grounds amongst the local community and tight to the pitch with one of the best atmospheres in the League (writer looks wistfully of photo of Upton Park). Selhurst Park was the venue for Real Madrid’s first ever game in London beating Palace 4-3 in a friendly to celebrate the installation of floodlights at the ground.
3. Selhurst Park holds the record for the highest attended fourth tier game in English football when over 37,000 people attended the local derby with Millwall in 1961.
4. The old ground also holds the record for the lowest Premier League attendance for a Premier League game when 3039 hardy souls watched Wimbledon play Everton in 1993.
5. Former West Ham player Malcolm Allison had a huge impact on the club, changing the club colours from the original claret and blue to match Barcelona’s red and dark blue kit.
6. Allison also introduced the club mascot Eagle based on the Benfica’s Eagle, he also changed the club badge and the club’s nickname from the Glaziers to the Eagles.
7. Palace hold the record for the most Championship Playoff final wins (4) 1 of which was against West Ham in 2003.
8. Palace have been managed by 3 former England Managers Terry Venables, Sam Allardyce and Roy Hodgson, one former Scottish Manager George Burley and former club captain Chris Coleman is currently in the Welsh hot seat.
9. Palace have been to the FA Cup final twice their history, losing to Manchester United on both occasions in 1990 and 2016.
10. The clubs have played each other 79 times, West Ham winning 34 with 23 draws and 22 losses. Palace have won only one of the last 6 meetings a 3-1 at Upton Park in 2014.