Connect with us

Blog

Who Owns Crystal Palace?

Published

on

Photo of Crystal Palace owners Steve Parish, Josh Harris & David S. Blitzer

If you’ve watched the Crystal Palace documentary, When Eagles Dare, you’ll know the recent ownership story. If you haven’t, we’re going to look at who owns Crystal Palace now after the administration back in 2010.

Palace were £30m in debt in 2010, had been hit with a 10 point deduction, and was looking for a new owner. Steve Parish who is now the board’s Chairman was the main figurehead of the takeover along with other wealthy Palace fans Martin Long, Stephen Browett, and Jeremy Hosking.

This was a turning point for the club who managed to secure promotion back to the Premier League in the 2012/13 season. This was eight years after being relegated from the top division and they’ve stayed there since.

Crystal Palace is now owned by a few stakeholders including American businessmen who have bought into the club in recent years. We’re going to outline who currently owns Crystal Palace and what percentage of the club they hold.

Steve Parish

As we mentioned, Steve Parish is currently the chairman of the board for Crystal Palace F.C. He was one of the businessmen to save the club when it was in administration and he’s from Lewisham and a die-hard Palace fan, he wants the best for the club.

It’s said that Parish owns 18% of the club’s shares so he’s still one of the majority shareholders even after the investments from the American businessman that have bought in since.

Josh Harris & David S. Blitzer

Josh Harris and David Blitzer were the first new investors in the club since Parish, Long, Browett, and Hosking saved it from bankruptcy. This happened in December 2015 and was worth an upfront investment of £50m. Parish kept his 18% controlling stake so the other owners reduced their percentages to bring these two investors on board.

Harris and Blitzer already owned two US sports teams before investing in Palace as the owners of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils and NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers.

Blitzer also owns the Belgian side Waasland-Beveren who are in the second division pushing for promotion in the 2021/22 season.

This deal meant that Harris and Blitzer now also own 18% each like Parish, but he deals with the day-to-day running of the club too.

John Textor

John Textor is the most recent majority stakeholder in CPFC having invested £87.5m which according to The Guardian got him close to 18% of the club’s ownership. But, The Athletic claims that his investment got him 40% of Crystal Palace shares in this article.

We did some digging into the Palace Holdco UK Limited business and found that he does own over 25% of the club’s shares but less than 50%. So, this indicates that The Athletic is closer to the correct amount when they state 40%.

Textor had been searching for a European football club to invest in and had come close to buying 25% of Benfica before this deal. Textor is the third American businessman to come on board as a director of the club.

It wouldn’t surprise us if Textor tried to buy more of the club’s shares in the future as he’s been busy buying up other football teams. First, he became the majority owner of the Brazilian side Botafogo with 90% of the shares of the club. He’s going to have a more hands-on role at that side than he does at Palace though due to the percentage that he owns.

In the same week, he also invested in Belgian side RWD Molenbeek who compete in the same league as Blitzer’s Waasland-Beveren. It’s also rumoured that Textor is still on the hunt for a Portuguese side after his Benfica bid was rejected.

Robert Franco

On the CPFC website, Robert Franco is also listed as a person with ‘significant interest’ in the club. In 2021 before Textor he also invested in the club with a total sum of £5m. This amount didn’t make him a majority shareholder and he’s not registered as a director. But he’s another American investor who owns part of Crystal Palace football club.

It is said that the money he invested went towards the £20m redevelopment of the academy which was unveiled by Gareth Southgate in 2021.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Blog

Do Crystal Palace Still Have Cheerleaders?

Published

on

Crystal Palace Cheerleaders, The Crystals on Remembrance Sunday 2019

Yes, Crystal Palace still have cheerleaders and it doesn’t look like they’ll be going away anytime soon. The Crystals are the group of cheerleaders that perform at every home match and have even been on This Morning with Holly and Phillip recently.

Crystal Palace are the only Premier League side that still has a cheerleading outfit and a few years back there was some controversy over this which we’ll look at later in the article.

Whilst cheerleading is seen as an American thing here in the UK, The Crystals actually started performing for the club in 2010, years before the majority of the Crystal Palace owners were American businessmen. This was shortly after Steve Parish and Martin Long had taken over at the club.

Keep reading to find out more about The Crystals and even a video of them performing.

The Crystals – Crystal Palace Cheerleaders

The Crystals is the name of the Crystal Palace cheerleaders’ dance troupe. They are a group of women aged over 21 who perform at The Eagles’ home matches and have done since their first appearance back in December 2010!

Some of The Crystals are professionally trained dancers whilst others in the group do it as a hobby. A few of the girls have even been Palace season ticket holders before they joined the troupe. Now, of course, they are all Palace fans!

With COVID disrupting fans at matches in 2020, The Crystals weren’t able to perform, obviously. But, in the 2021/22 season, they have been performing in the Palace Fanzone and returned to the pitch for the 3-0 win over Arsenal at Selhurst Park.

You can follow The Crystals on social media here:

Crystal Palace Cheerleaders Controversy

Back in 2018, there were suggestions in the media that Crystal Palace should part ways with The Crystals. This came off the back of the PDC (Professional Darts Corporation) and Formula One announcing that they’d be removing the walk-on women and grid women from both sports.

As Crystal Palace then and still are now, the only team in the Premier League to have cheerleaders this has remained a hot topic in the British press. This led to the club releasing a statement in support of having The Crystals perform at home matches. This is the statement from 2018:

​​”The Crystals are a semi-professional dance troupe who have been performing at Selhurst Park for more than seven years and contribute to the unique atmosphere inside the stadium, which is widely recognised as one of the best in the Premier League.

“They also raise substantial amounts of money for good causes throughout the year. We are proud of our association with them.”

The fact that Crystal Palace still have cheerleaders in 2022 shows that they continue to support them. As was reported in 2018 in the inews.co.uk article, there were videos and images of the women in bikinis. However, this isn’t the case now in 2022 so there’s clearly been some dressing room changes over the years.

As we mentioned earlier, in 2021, they even appeared on the popular ITV show This Morning to perform a routine that you can watch below.

Continue Reading

Blog

List of Crystal Palace Managers in the History of the Club

Published

on

List of Crystal Palace Managers

Here you have the full list of Crystal Palace managers since the club was founded in 1905. We’re going to start with Crystal Palace’s current manager, Patrick Vieira, and work our way back through the history of the club.

Below you can see the time period that each manager spent with the Eagles, how many matches they were in charge of, and their overall results.

Obviously, everywhere you see a low number of matches these were caretaker managers filling in the interim.

ManagerPeriodMWDL
Patrick Vieira2021-present41141413
Roy Hodgson2017-2021162543771
Frank de Boer2017-20175104
Sam Allardyce2016-2017249312
Alan Pardew2015-201687351339
Keith Millen2014-20152020
Neil Warnock2014-201417368
Keith Millen2014-20143102
Tony Pulis2013-20142812511
Keith Millen2013-20134112
Ian Holloway2012-201346141418
Curtis Fleming2012-20121000
Curtis Fleming/Lennie Lawrence2012-20122110
Dougie Freedman2011-201290322731
George Burley2010-2011257513
Paul Hart2010-201014365
Neil Warnock2007-2010129473943
Peter Taylor2006-200760211623
Iain Dowie2003-2006123502944
Kit Symons2003-20039333
Steve Kember2003-2003237610
Trevor Francis2001-200378282228
Terry Bullivant/Steve Kember2001-20014103
Steve Bruce2001-2001181125
Steve Kember2001-20012200
Alan Smith2000-200155141823
Steve Coppell1999-20004017617
Terry Venables1998-19993111812
Ron Noades/Ray Lewington1998-19982011
Attilio Lombardo1998-19987205
Steve Coppell1997-199851161322
Dave Bassett1996-199760291516
Steve Coppell1995-1996329149
Alan Smith1993-1995108482535
Steve Coppell1984-1993442179113150
Alan Mullery1982-198498312740
Steve Kember1981-1982308814
Dario Gradi1981-1981307320
Malcolm Allison1980-19819135
Ernie Walley1980-19806114
Terry Venables1976-1980189696852
Malcolm Allison1973-1976146524549
Bert Head1966-197332810196131
Arthur Rowe1966-19667223
Dick Graham1962-1966150684141
Arthur Rowe1960-1962132523248
George Smith1958-1960100422731
Cyril Spiers1954-1958181525376
Laurie Scott1951-1954145434161
Fred Dawes/Charlie Slade1950-19514081022
Ronnie Rooke1949-195062191528
Jack Butler1947-194988232441
George Irwin1939-194745151119
Tom Bromilow1937-1939118483535
R. S. Moyes1936-1936236611
Tom Bromilow1935-19364423516
Jack Tresadern1930-1935213984471
Fred Mavin1927-1930132633336
Alex Maley1925-192783361631
Edmund Goodman1907-1925613242166205
Jack Robson1905-190777351824
Continue Reading

Blog

Crystal Palace New Academy Training Ground

Published

on

Crystal Palace New Academy Training Ground Entrance

Back in October 2021, the new Crystal Palace training ground for the academy was opened. Former Palace academy graduate and current England manager, Gareth Southgate, did the honours of officially opening the training facilities.

This project cost the club £20m and has been possible with the investment from the new Crystal Palace owners since 2015. The plot of land which is opposite the first team training ground Copers Cope Road in Beckenham was bought in 2018. Planning permission was granted in March 2020 and it took 19 months for completion. Still to be built is the medical rehabilitation centre which will feature hydrotherapy pools.

Indoor dome at new Crystal Palace Academy

Keep reading to see what the facilities have to offer and what Southgate and Parish had to say in the academy opening speeches.

Drone Fly-through Video

As you can see in the drone fly-through video the new facilities are full of state-of-the-art equipment. Here is a list of what is available now for the Crystal Palace academy players.

  • Players’ dining room & recreation room
  • Private offices
  • Chairman’s office
  • Open plan work area with a terrace
  • Boardroom
  • Classrooms
  • Analysis room
  • State of the art gym
  • 13 changing rooms
  • 4 full-size hybrid pitches, one is a show pitch
  • Full-size 3G floodlit pitch
  • Indoor dome with full-size 3G pitch & viewing gallery
  • Medical rehabilitation centre with hydrotherapy pools

You can see this impressive new training ground in the video below.

Comments from Parish & Southgate

Here is what Palace co-owner and Chairman, Steve Parish and England manager Gareth Southgate had to say in the official press release.

Steve Parish

“The new Academy will have a transformative effect on the future of the football club and the local community, not only enabling us to attract and retain the best players in one of England’s richest footballing areas but also to help scores of young people and local schools enjoy the facilities.

“We will also be able to offer a comprehensive educational and player care programme, ensuring that even those players who don’t make it have an improved set of life choices. Outside of football, the classrooms, together with our Foundation, will be used to run evening classes, enhancing the educational and life choices of young people in south London.

“Gareth was a pivotal part of creating the current academy system and his success is testament to the type of person and player this club strives to produce. He is an immensely proud part of our history, and we also hope we can produce some home-grown talent to help England win a major tournament.

“It is fitting that he should open our new facilities to mark this monumental step forward for our football club.”

Gareth Southgate

“Crystal Palace have always had a philosophy of producing home-grown players and have a hotbed of talent to choose from in south London. As a young player, they instilled in me a toughness, adaptability and resilience that was important throughout my career.

“I was delighted to be asked to open the club’s fantastic new Academy facilities, which are a world apart from the conditions I remember as a young player here, and an investment for the future.

“I am impressed by the club’s vision to develop well-rounded, educated individuals with good life skills who can be role models in the community, as well as technically gifted young players who can excel on the pitch”.

It’s also worth watching the opening speeches from both Parish and Southgate at the official academy opening ceremony. Southgate discusses his 10 years at Palace and Parish details how this is going to benefit the club and the local community. Below is the video so you can watch it for yourself.

Continue Reading