Before you ask…
No, I haven’t just woken from a coma.
No, the Championship play-off result has NOT been overturned!
Yes, I am aware of the record books showing that back in 2004-05 Palace were relegated in their first season back in the top flight since 1998.
Yes, I am aware that during their 107 year history, dating back to 1905 – a year of founding which graces their team badge, Crystal Palace F.C. has spent 14 seasons in the top flight of English football.
Or so we all thought. However, there are people who think differently…
According to some people, the definition of a football club is akin to that which appears within UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules and regulations:
“a football club, i.e. a legal entity fully responsible for a football team participating in national and international competitions”.
If this “legal entity” is liquidated – the club is liquidated, because the club IS the legal entity, according to these people.
So, according to these people, the football club we call Crystal Palace Football Club is in actual fact, to begin formal introductions, the legal entity that is..
– registered company no. 07206409 CPFC 2010 Limited. http://companycheck.co.uk/company/07206409.
There is no other “legal entity full responsible for a football team” in relation to Palace. Inescapably, for these people, CPFC 2010 Limited IS the “football club”.
So, according to these people…
This “football club”(legal entity) was incorporated on 29th March 2010.
This “football club”(legal entity) never existed before than point.
Therefore this “football club”, Crystal Palace Football Club, has…
– Never been in a Cup semi final against Man Utd.
– Never shipped 9 goals to Liverpool at Anfield.
– Never was founded in 1905.
– And certainly has never been in the top flight 14 times as it DIDN’T EXIST until 2010!
…according to THESE PEOPLE.
And what would these people say about the teams who have taken to the field bearing the name “Crystal Palace FC” over the years – well, they MUST have been playing for an entirely different football club (remember that UEFA ‘legal entity’ definition!) whose history no longer exists. One of three in fact, two of which now dissolved, as listed in this article… https://scotslawthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/rangers-fc-survived-3-indisputable-justifications-guest-post-by-ad-bryce/)
So – a question for you all…
Are you one of these people?
Are you one of these people who accept this UEFA definition that a football club is the “legal entity”?
Are you – therefore – one of these people who recognise the current football club – Crystal Palace Football Club (CPFC 2010 Limited that is) – as only existing since 2010 and so about to embark on the FIRST EVER top flight season?
If so – please introduce yourselves – you have not been shy in the recent past!
If you are not, please explain why you think these people are so mistaken.
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