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Vital QPR takes a look at Championship side Crystal Palace


Founded: 1905

Nickname: The Eagles

Ground: Selhurst Park - 26,309

Manager: George Burley


FA Cup - Runners Up: 1990

Football League Second Division - Champions: 1978-79
Football League Second Division - Runners Up: 1968-69
Football League Second Division - Playoff Winners: 1988-89
Football League Division One - Champions: 1993-94
Football League Division One - Playoff Winners: 1996-97, 2003-04

Football League Third Division - Runners Up: 1963-64


Record Attendance: 51,482 v Burnley - Second Division, 11 May 1979

Record victory: 9-0 v Barrow - Fourth Division, 10 October 1959

Record defeat 0-9 v Liverpool - First Division, 12 September 1989

Record Buy: Valérien Ismaël - £2,750,000 from Strasbourg

Record Sale: Andrew Johnson - £8,600,000 to Everton

Record Appearances: Jim Cannon - 660 - 1973-1988

Record Goals: Peter Simpson - 153 - 1930-1936


It's been a whirlwind few months for Crystal Palace after losing ten points and subsequently boss Neil Warnock, but they fought the odds to remain a Championship side.

Paul Hart hauled Palace over the line on the final day, with Darren Ambrose a key player for the Eagles in both their initial chase for the playoffs, then eventually saving the drop.

George Burley now takes the helm at Selhurst Park, with not a great deal changing financially, but the spirit around SE25 remains strong.

Prediction: 21

Palace fans will undoubtedly hope for more, but in my opinion the best that can be hoped for is another season at this level and Championship safety.

The Eagles may well be motivated to finish better placed, but the lower echelons of the division - given the club's finances and lack of experience - is the best that can be hoped for.

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Date:Saturday July 24 2010
Time: 3:22PM

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