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Saturday 29 June 2013

Around the grounds: Selhurst Park

Today's Barclays Premier League stadium profile takes in Crystal Palace's home ground

  • Selhurst Park has been Crystal Palace's home since 1924

  • The Holmesdale Stand was completed in 1995 profiles all 20 Premier League venues, continuing with Crystal Palace's home ground, Selhurst Park.

In profile: Selhurst Park

Capacity: 26,255
Year built: 1924
First League match: Crystal Palace 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday, 30 August 1924


Crystal Palace began life at their Selhurst Park home in 1924 after the site was bought from the Brighton Railway Company two years earlier.

The original venue had a main stand with banks of terracing around the other sides and it remained largely untouched until 1969 when the Arthur Wait Stand, named after the club’s former chairman, was built.

Selhurst Park’s record attendance was set 10 years later, in 1979, when 51,801 turned up to watch Ian Walsh and Dave Swindlehurst score the goals in a 2-0 victory over Burnley that clinched the old Second Division title.

The Whitehorse Lane end was significantly altered in 1983 when the back of it was sold to a supermarket. The stand now houses 42 executive boxes.

The Holmesdale Stand sits at the other end and is the newest part of the ground. The old terrace was knocked down in 1994 with a two-tiered stand opened the following year.

Selhurst Park has a rich history and as well as hosting an England v Wales match, it also was the venue for two matches in the 1948 Olympics. It has also been home to two other London clubs, with Charlton Athletic (1985-91) and Wimbledon (1991-2003) both entering into groundsharing agreements with Palace.

The stadium will again become a Barclays Premier League venue this year, after a gap of eight years, with Palace welcoming Tottenham Hotspur to Selhurst Park on the opening weekend of the 2013/14 campaign.

  • August 1992: Simon Osborn celebrates his last-gasp equaliser against Blackburn

  • January 2005: Danny Granville is on the scoresheet in the win over Tottenham

  • April 1998: Matt Jansen scores the first goal in the 3-1 victory over Derby

Three of the best: Barclays Premier League matches at Villa Park

15 August 1992: Crystal Palace 3-3 Blackburn Rovers
The first  Barclays Premier League contest held at Selhurst Park took place on the first ever weekend of the competition. It was Mark Bright who opened the scoring after 37 minutes, heading in from Richard Shaw’s cross. Mike Ripley equalised for Rovers just before the break but the hosts took the lead again on 63 minutes, Gareth Southgate scoring after Blackburn failed to clear Eddie McGoldrick’s corner. Leading the line for Blackburn, however, was debutant striker Alan Shearer, who made an instant impact with his new club as he scored two superb goals to put Rovers ahead for the first time. It was Palace who had the final say as substitute Simon Osborn headed home in the final minute.

22 January 2005: Crystal Palace 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Palace produced a fine display to give the club hope that they could survive the drop. Tottenham dominated the first half but they could not break the deadlock despite chances for Reto Ziegler and Jermain Defoe. It was a different story in the second half as Palace took control and the hosts took the lead on 66 minutes when Mikele Leigertwood powered home Tom Soares’ cross. They doubled the lead four minutes later through Danny Granville, who latched on to Wayne Routledge’s through-ball while Andy Johnson completed the scoring from the penalty spot with 13 minutes left.

18 April 1998: Crystal Palace 3-1 Derby County
A shining light in an otherwise disappointing campaign in the top flight as Palace claimed their first home win of the season, with three goals in the final 20 minutes. Matt Jansen fired into the bottom corner to open the scoring before Sasa Curcic doubled the lead after a tidy build-up. Derby pulled a goal back with five minutes to go through Lars Bohinen’s volley but Palace were not to be denied and victory was sealed when player-manager Attilio Lombardo played in Marcus Bent to score.

Holloway hails Selhurst Park atmosphere

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway during the Championship run-in of 2012/13: "We have got fantastic fans and they will come in and help us. They have created a wonderful atmosphere at Selhurst Park where there is no fear to play."

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Key Points

  • looks at the history of Crystal Palace's home ground, Villa Park
  • Palace have been playing at the South London venue since 1924
  • We pick out three of the best Barclays Premier League matches at the ground