A very early presentation relating to the original Crystal Palace (1861) Football Club, in the form of a silver-plated tankard glass-bottom pint tankard inscribed CRYSTAL PALACE FOOTBALL CLUB, BIG-SIDE-MATCHES SEASON 1873-4, CAPTAINS, ALLPORT & NEAME
The original Crystal Palace Amateur Football Club were formed in 1861, playing their matches on the east side of the Palace grounds near Penge Common. The club was represented at the famous meeting at the Freemasons' Tavern on Long Acre, London, in 1863 , where the Football Association was formed with the objective of codifying the game with a universal set of rules. The club continued to have influence at the F.A. in its formative years and Palace's James Turner was the Association's Treasurer from 1864 to 1868.