Crystal Palace host Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park in the opening Premier League match of season 2013-14 on Saturday 17th August 2013.
Palace won promotion to the Premier League by beating Watford 1-0 in the Play-Off Final at Wembley and take their place in the Top Flight after being relegated at the end of the 2004-05 season. Spurs finished the 2012-13 season in fifth place, despite setting a new club Premier League record of 72 points.
Crystal Palace were founded in 1905 by the builders of the Crystal Palace (hence The Glaziers nickname) and played their first matches at the old Cup Final ground. They joined the Southern League Second Division for season 1905-06 and won promotion at the first attempt.
The first meeting between the two clubs came in the Southern League First Division in October 1906 with Spurs winning 3-0 at White Hart Lane and going on to do the double with a 1-0 away win in February 1907.
The 1907-08 season was the last for Tottenham in the Southern League and the two games against Palace ended with a win each. The clubs also played in the Western League that season with a win for both teams.
Spurs & Palace were regular opponents during the First World War and Tottenham enjoyed a run of nine consecutive wins against Palace during this period.
The first competitive game after WW1 came in the 1st Round (modern 3rd Round) of the FA Cup in January 1924 at The Nest in Croydon with Palace winning 2-0. They had previously played their games Herne Hill, Norwood and moved into their purpose-built stadium at Selhurst Park later in 1924.
Tottenham and Palace played several matches during World War Two with honours generally being fairly even.
Crystal Palace played their first season in the Top Flight of English Football in the 1969-70 season with Spurs winning both First Division matches 2-0. Jimmy Pearce and Martin Chivers got the goals at Selhurst Park while Alan Mullery and Steve Perryman were the scorers at White Hart Lane.
The clubs were also drawn together in the 4th Round of the 1969-70 FA Cup with Palace progressing after a 1-0 win in the replayed match in South London after the first game was goalless at the Lane.
Palace remained in the First Division for a further three seasons with Spurs winning four of the six matches and drawing the other two.
The clubs met in Division Two in 1977-78 with Spurs winning 2-1 at Selhurst Park (Ian Moores & John Duncan) and Palace getting a 2-2 draw at the Lane with Glenn Hoddle scoring a brace for Spurs. Tottenham won promotion at the end of that season.
Crystal Palace were back in the First Division for season 1979-80 and both matches against Tottenham were drawn.
The first Football League Cup game came in September 1980 with a 0-0 3rd Round draw at White Hart Lane followed by a 3-0 win at Selhurst Park in the replay with Ricky Villa, Glenn Hoddle and Garth Crooks all scoring.
The Eagles were founder members of the Premier League in 1992-93 but only lasted a season before being relegated. They returned for the 1994-95 season but fared no better and were again relegated. Their third season came in 1997-98 but failed to establish themselves and were relegated.
Palace were back again for the 2004-05 season but once again dropped down to the Championship.
The eight Premier League matches played between the two clubs resulted in two wins each with four games drawn.
Overall, Tottenham Hotspur have won 40 of the 91 matches played so far with Crystal Palace winning 25 games and the remaining 26 drawn.
Full Record of Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace Matches 1906-2013
They Played for Spurs & Palace...
Gerry Francis (Palace player & manager of both clubs)
George Graham (Palace player, Spurs manager)
Alan Mullery (Spurs player, Palace manager)
Ron Reynolds (Spurs player, Palace scout)
Arthur Rowe (spurs player & manager, Palace manager & director)
Cyril Spiers (Spurs player, Palace manager)
Perry Suckling (Palace player, Spurs goalkeeping coach)
Jack Tresadren (manager of both clubs)
Terry Venables (also manager of both clubs)
Ernie Walley (Spurs player, Palace caretaker manager)