19th century football experts Mark Metcalf and Clive Nicholson have produced an 84-page document to dispute Palace’s claim. In a joint statement they said “This is quite a claim. Our examination was very thorough and has resulted in an 84-page document packed with primary and contemporary source materials.
“This document shows the Crystal Palace Football Club claim is slightly absurd and is ultimately reduced to a short note in 1906 in the CPFC club handbook and which appears never to have been mentioned again anywhere by CPFC until very recently.
“It is possible to forget your own history but that really is a serious memory lapse.”