Crystal Palace Football Club is a professional football club based in Selhurst, London, that plays in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. They were founded in 1905 at the famous Crystal Palace Exhibition building by the owners of the FA Cup Final stadium which was situated inside its historic grounds. Palace played their home games at the Cup Final venue until 1915 when they were forced to leave due to the First World War. In 1924, the club moved to their current home at Selhurst Park. Palace played in claret and blue coloured kit for the first 68 years of their existence, but in 1973 decided to change to the red and blue vertical stripes which are now associated with the club.
Palace have been FA Cup finalists twice, in 1990 and 2016, finishing runners-up to Manchester United on both occasions. The club enjoyed their best ever top flight season in 1990–91 when they challenged for the English league title, eventually finishing in third place in the top tier, their highest league position to date. Palace were denied a place in Europe at the end of that season due to the partial UEFA ban on English clubs following the Heysel Stadium disaster.