Nickname: The Addicks
Manager: Lee Bowyer
Stadium: The Valley
Current league position: 6th
Last season’s finish: 22nd (Relegated from the Championship)
Current top scorer: Chucks Aneke (11 goals in all competitions)
FFV’s one for the future: Alfie Doughty
Founded in 1905, Charlton Athletic is a professional football club based in South East London. The club is affectionately known as the Addicks, a South London colloquialism for ‘Haddock’, as a local fishmonger was said to provide the players with a fish and chip supper after games.
Charlton plays its home games at The Valley and maintains rivalries with South London neighbours Millwall as well as Crystal Palace.
Despite counting itself amongst English football’s list of FA Cup winners, triumphing in the competition in 1947, the club has also endured its fair share of adversity.
The club came within minutes of extinction in the early eighties due to financial mismanagement. Between 1984 and 1992 the club was forced to play its home games away from The Valley, these games taking place at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park and West Ham’s Upton Park.
In addition, recent years have seen the club embroiled in ownership issues, with the actions of the club’s custodians seriously holding back the club at times, whilst actively damaging it at others.
The outlook is more positive with the recent acquisition of the club by Thomas Sandgaard. The Danish-American businessman will hope his enthusiasm and financial backing is a catalyst for glory years similar to the ones the club enjoyed in the early part of this century, when Charlton spent eight years in the Premier League under the management of Alan Curbishley, playing host to many top talents such as Paulo Di Canio, Darren Bent, and Scott Parker.
Now under the stewardship of former academy graduate Lee Bowyer, the club resides in League One after relegation from the Championship in 2020.
With a strong squad of experienced, proven players, mixed with several promising emerging talents from the club’s highly productive academy, as well as the ongoing feelgood factor surrounding the club’s takeover, the hope is that Bowyer can mount a serious promotion challenge in the 20/ 21 season. But things are very rarely straightforward at Charlton Athletic!