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History

Charlton Athletic are a professional football club located in the borough of Greenwich in London. Having spent much of their history playing in the top flight of English football, the club now play their football in England’s third tier, League One.

The history of Charlton Athletic begins in 1905. The club began life as a youth side before becoming a senior side in 1913.

Charlton Athletic became members of the Kent League for the 1919/1920 season, and then became a professional football club. They moved to the Southern League for one season, before the club’s application to be elected to the Football League was accepted. Charlton Athletic started the 1921/1922 season as a member of the Football League Third Division South.

Charlton Athletic moved to the Mount stadium amidst plans to merge with Catford Southend, but eventually these plans were discarded and the club moved back to Charlton. 

In 1926, Charlton Athletic finished in the bottom two of the Third Division South, but their application to be re-elected to the Football League was accepted. In 1929, the club won their first Third Division South title, and with it promotion to the Second Division.

Charlton Athletic spent four seasons in the second tier of English football, before suffering their first ever relegation in the 1932/1933 season.

Jimmy Seed was appointed manager, and Seed went on to become the most successful man in Charlton Athletic manager history. The club won the Third Division South title in 1935, and achieved back to back promotions when a second place finish in the Second Division saw the club reach the top flight for the first time in Charlton Athletic history.

In 1946, Charlton Athletic reached the FA Cup Final for the first time, but were beaten by Derby County who ran out 4-1 winners. However, the season after Charlton Athletic went one step better and won their first ever FA Cup by beating Burnley 1-0.

The club remained in the First Division until the 1956/1957 season. Manager Jimmy Seed left the club, and Charlton Athletic were relegated back to the Second Division after finishing in 22nd position.

Charlton Athletic spent 14 consecutive seasons in the Second Division. In the 1971/1972 season, following two consecutive battles against the drop, the club finally succumbed to relegation and returned to the Third Division.

Charlton Athletic swiftly returned to the Second Division but the turn of the decade brought about another demotion.

The club bounced back immediately, but off the field Charlton Athletic were in turmoil. Managers quickly came and left, and the clubs ownership changed hands. This didn’t do any good for the club, and they almost went out of existence.

In 1984, the club’s financial situation took a further bad turn. After entering administration, the club were reformed and it’s business name became Charlton Athletic (1984) Ltd. Despite this, the finances of Charlton Athletic were still in dire straits, resulting in the club leaving their ground the Valley to move to Selhurst Park, groundsharing with Crystal Palace. The Football League had demanded improvements to the safety improvements at the Valley, but this is something at the time the club couldn't afford.

Despite the off the field turmoil, on the pitch Charlton Athletic were performing well. After finishing as runners up in the Second Division, the club regained their place back in the top flight in the 1985/1986 campaign.

Charlton Athletic remained in the First Division until 1990. After relegation, Alan Curbishley and Steve Gritt took charge, and the club started to improve their performances.

In 1992, the Premier League was introduced. This resulted in the Football League divisions being renamed - the Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three.

The club returned to The Valley in 1992, after the sale of Rob Lee and other star players provided the funds to complete the renovation work on the stadium.

Richard Murray became chairman of the club in 1995, and gave Alan Curbishley the permanent Charlton Athletic manager. The club reached the playoffs in 1996 but were beaten in the semi final by Crystal Palace.

In the 1997/1998 season, the club reached the playoffs again. Meeting Sunderland in the playoff final, the match ended 4-4 in extra time before Charlton Athletic won the game 7-6 on penalties, one of the most dramatic games ever played at Wembley.

The club played in the Premier League for the first time in the 1998/1999 season. The club’s first season resulted in relegation on the final day, but Charlton Athletic bounced back immediately, winning the Division One title in the process.

The 2000/2001 season was the first of seven successive seasons spent in the Premier League. The club had become an established Premier League side, but after Curbishley left the club in 2006, the fortunes of Charlton Athletic took a downward turn. After a series of managerial changes, the club suffered relegation in the 2006/2007 season.

Further disappointment befell the club two seasons later, when the club lost their Championship place (in 2004, the Football League divisions were again renamed, with Division One becoming the Championship, Division Two League One and Division Three League Two). Starting the 2009/2010 season in League One, it was the first time in nearly 30 years that Charlton Athletic were playing football outside the top two English divisions.

The club almost achieved promotion during this season, but a playoff semi final defeat at the hands of Swindon Town resulted in the club remaining in the third tier.

More changes in ownership and management followed. Chris Powell, the former Charlton Athletic player, took on the Charlton Athletic manager role, and led the club to the League One title in the 2011/2012 season.

Roland Duchatelet took over the ownership of Charlton Athletic Football Club in 2014, which resulted in a number of Standard Liege, that Duchatelet also owned, players joining the club. However, this didn’t help the club in their push for promotion. Following further changes in management, the club were eventually relegated from the Championship in the 2015/2016 season. Charlton Athletic have now embarked on their third consecutive season in League One.

Crest

There have been a number of Charlton Athletic crests used throughout the club’s history. The first Charlton Athletic football badge featured the initials CAF, before the 1940’s brought about a new Charlton Athletic badge. This badge used an image of a robin, on a football encased by a shield shape.

In the early 1960’s, the club held a competition for fans to design a new Charlton Athletic football crest. This design featured a hand with a sword. Following various but slight modifications to the badge, the current Charlton Athletic badge features a circle coloured red on the inside on black on the outside with the club name printed in white around the edge of the circle, and the design of a hand holding up a sword featuring in the centre of the crest.

Colours

The Charlton Athletic colours are traditionally red and white. These Charlton Athletic kit colours have been worn throughout the club’s history, except for the 1923/1924 season where the Charlton Athletic players wore light blue and dark blue striped shirts, worn with dark blue shorts and dark blue socks.

Charlton Athletic for most seasons have worn red shirts, white shorts and a combination of red, black or red and white hooped socks. From 1964 to 1966, the main Charlton Athletic kit colour was white, with the club wearing white shirts with a red collar, white shorts and white or black socks. The club reverted to their primary colour of red for the 1966/1967 season.

The 2018/2019 season sees the Charlton Athletic players wear red shirts with white shorts and red socks.

Charlton Athletic Stadium

The Charlton Athletic stadium is The Valley. The club moved into the ground in 1919 and have used this ground ever since, although between 1985 and 1992 due to the club unable to afford the necessary renovations, Charlton Athletic shared Selhurst Park with Crystal Palace. The club also left the ground in 1923, moving to The Mount ahead of a merger with Catford Southend. When the plans for this merger collapsed, Charlton Athletic returned to The Valley.

The Charlton Athletic stadium capacity currently stands at 27,111, making the stadium one of the largest in the Football League.

The Charlton Athletic stadium layout features four main all seater stands. These are the North Stand, which is where the club band play, the East Stand, the West Stand and the Jimmy Seed Stand, which is used for away supporters.

The Valley has undergone various renovations with the rebuilding of the East Stand in 1994, the West Stand in 1998 and the North Stand in 2001.

The first Charlton Athletic stadium was Siemens Meadows. Woolwich Common, Pound Park and Angerstein Lane were all used by the club before the move to the Valley.

Supporters

The majority of Charlton Athletic supporters come from the Greenwich, Bexley and Bromley areas of London. There are however a variety of Charlton Athletic supporters clubs up and down the country, including the Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust.

Charlton Athletic supporters enjoy rivalries with a number of teams, but in particular with London rivals Crystal Palace and Millwall.

The Charlton Athletic supporters have launched various protests about the running of the club, in particular against owner Roland Duchatelet and Katrien Meire. A number of different organisations have been formed in protest, including the Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet. 

Ownership

The Charlton Athletic owner is Roland Duchatelet. Duchatelet has been an extremely disliked owner, with Charlton supporters protesting against his running of the club on a regular basis.

Roland Duchatelet also owned Standard Liege, but after the Standard Liege supporters protested against him, Duchatelet sold the club.

The Chief Executive of the club was Katrien Meire, who was also been the subject of supporters protests. The current chairman of Charlton Athletic is Richard Murray.

Stats

The list of Charlton Athletic stats begin with the club’s all time record appearance maker. This honour goes to Sam Bartram, who made 623 appearances for the club from 1934 to 1956.

The second highest on the list of Charlton Athletic appearance makers is Keith Peacock. Peacock also holds the record of becoming the first ever substitute in the Football League when he came off the bench against Bolton Wanderers in 1965.

Charlton Athletic’s all time record goalscorer is Derek Hales. Hales scored 168 goals in 368 matches for the club. Stuart Leary, in terms of League goals, holds the record, with 153 Football League goals scored for Charlton Athletic from 1951 to 1962.

Ralph Allen holds the record for the most goals scored in a single season. Allen scored 33 goals in the 1934/1935 campaign.

The highest home attendance a Charlton Athletic side has played in front of is 75,031. This number of spectators watch Charlton Athletic play Aston Villa in the FA Cup in 1938.

Charlton Athletic’s record victory is 8-0. The club beat Stevenage in the Checkatrade Trophy by this scoreline in 2018. The club’s record defeat is 11-1, a scoreline inflicted on Charlton Athletic by Aston Villa in 1959.

Charlton Athletic Players

The Charlton Athletic players list currently includes 23 members of the first team squad, supported by the Charlton Athletic Under 21 Development Squad and the Charlton Athletic Academy Squad.

The current Charlton Athletic player of the year is Jay Dasilva. Jordan Cousins has won the award for two consecutive seasons. Chris Solley, Mark Kinsella, Mark Aizlewood, Nicky Johns and Keith Peacock are the other Charlton Athletic players who have won this award for two consecutive seasons, with John Humphrey winning it for three seasons in a row between 1988 and 1990.

Seven players have appeared in World Cup tournaments while playing their club football for Charlton Athletic. These are John Hewie for South Africa, Trevor Edwards for Wales, Claus Jensen for Denmark, Mark Kinsella, Dean Kiely and Matt Holland for the Republic of Ireland and Reza Ghoochannejhad for Iran.

The player who has earned the most caps for his country whilst playing club football for Charlton Athletic is Tal Ben Haim. Ben Haim made 87 appearances for Israel while on Charlton Athletic’s books.

The oldest players to make an appearance for the club is Sam Bartram, who was 42 years and 47 days old when he made his last appearance. The youngest player to appear for Charlton Athletic is Jonjo Shelvey, who made his debut for the club aged 16 years and 59 days.

Notable ex Charlton Athletic players include Sam Bartram, Jason Euell, Robert Lee, Chris Powell, Richard Rufus and Stuart Leary.

Charlton Athletic Manager

The current Charlton Athletic Manager is Lee Bowyer. Bowyer became permanent manager in September 2018, after a spell as caretaker boss when Karl Robinson left the club.

The most successful man in Charlton Athletic manager history is Jimmy Seed. Seed led the club to their first and to date only FA Cup, along with winning the Third Division title.

Honours

The Charlton Athletic honours list consists of one second tier title (2000); one third tier title (2012); one FA Cup (1947); two Third Division South titles (1929 and 1935); and three Kent Senior Cup wins (1995, 2013 and 2015).

The club also finished runners up in the first tier in 1937, runners up in the second tier in 1936 and 1986 and second tier playoff winners in 1987 and 1998.

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