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Old 23-09-2021, 03:00 AM
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100 years ago, September 1921. Palace offered a new ground. Wembley.

Hard one to believe now, but going through newspaper archive, it seems, Palace, just one year into their Football League journey (they had won the inaugural FL Third Division in 1920/21 after moving, with most other professional clubs from the Southern League in 1920.

The new Wembley Stadium is being built, but won’t be opened until 1923 - replacing the old Crystal Palace venue as the permanent home of the FA Cup Final.

Here, in a report from September 21st 1921 in the London Daily News, suggesting that Palace (along with QPR) have been offered the new Wembley as a home venue. Palace, at this time are still playing at The Nest, near Selhurst Station and Selhurst Park has also not yet even been been begun to be built, although the land had been bought.

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Just incredible! Of course as Brentford discovered in the 1930's it would likely have been a dead duck attendance wise.

There was a team called Thames FC who had an equally vast stadium and never got decent crowds, not dissimilar to Queens Park in Glasgow, Rotherham at that athletics stadium a few years back, or Bradford at Odsal.

Huge stadium doesn't always mean huge crowds!
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According to the minutes from CPFC’s earliest Board meetings from Edmund Goodman himself, our long time club secretary and team manager, Palace had actually looked into moving to the same area of North West London some 10 years earlier!

It seems that Goodman definitely did a feasibility study of a ground in the area but concluded it would be too near to the other existing West London clubs, especially QPR to be practical - this was before Palace had left Crystal Palace Park in 1915, which of course we were forced into doing because the Admiralty had commandeered the Palace building and grounds to use as a Royal Navy training facility during World War One.

Selhurst Park, when originally bought at around the time of the report in the first post, also had a potential capacity of over 100,000 as it was all the land between Park Road and Clifton Road that had been sold to CPFC by the previous land owners, the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway - (who also had owned land at all of Palace’s previous grounds too, Crystal Palace, Herne Hill and Selhurst.
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"Of course as Brentford discovered in the 1930's it would likely have been a dead duck attendance wise."

Brentford were the Away team for the first of two Clapton Orient Home games played at Wembley in 1930. The Daily Mirror reported that: "The Clapton Orient team, who are playing their local Derby with Brentford at Wembley to-morrow, visited the Cup Final pitch yesterday and indulged in practice. The relaying of the 1,000 square yards of turf is proceeding apace, and the pitch will be ready by this, afternoon. A big crowd is expected, for in addition to the intense local interest the Orient's ground troubles have aroused great sympathy from the football public." The attendance was 10,300. A couple of weeks later, Clapton Orient beat Southend United 3:1 in front of "barely 3,000 people" (contemporary reports) although this number is 1,916 in Wikipedia.
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