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To the Palace for the Cup


Price: £19.99


The history of the Crystal Palace ground is superbly documented in To the Palace for the Cup by Ian Bevan, Stuart Hibberd Michael and Gilbert.

They explain that the Crystal Palace Company developed an old fountain basin into a sports ground to enable the FA to be able to stage the Cup Final in London again having seen two finals played in Lancashire.

A pavilion was flanked by two stands with cover for 3,000 spectators. The first final was watched by a crowd of 42,560.

The cover image shows the ground as originally developed, with the Crystal Palace in the background.

The ground was an inspiring, modern venue when first built, and a suitable home for the final tie to be played on.

Dozens of images. Hardback