CHARLTON ATHLETIC F.C.
Founded: 1905





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CHARLTON ATHLETIC F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of CHARLTON ATHLETIC FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

Charlton Athletic F.C. were formed on 9 June 1905 by a group of 15- to 17-year-old boys in an area of Charlton which is no longer residential, near to the present-day site of the Thames Barrier. Charlton spent the years before the First World War playing in local leagues. They became a senior side by joining the Lewisham League. After the war, they joined the Kent League for one season (1919–20) before becoming professional, appointing Walter Rayner as the first full-time manager. They were accepted by the Southern League and played just a single season (1920–21) before being voted into the Football League. Charlton's first Football League match was against Exeter City in August 1921, which they won 1–0. In 1923 it was proposed that Charlton merge with Catford Southend to create a larger team with bigger support. In the 1923–24 season Charlton played in Catford at The Mount stadium and wore the colours of "The Enders", light and dark blue vertical stripes. However, the move fell through and the Addicks returned to the Charlton area in 1924, returning to the traditional red and white colours in the process. Charlton finished second bottom in the Football League in 1926 and were forced to apply for re-election which was successful. Three years later the Addicks won the Division Three championship in 1929 and they remained at the Division Two level for four years. After relegation into the Third Division south at the end of the 1932/33 season the club appointed Jimmy Seed as manager and he oversaw the most successful period in Charlton's history either side of the Second World War. The organisation Seed brought to the team proved effective and the Addicks gained successive promotions from the Third Division to the First Division between 1934 and 1936. Charlton finally secured promotion to the First Division by beating local rivals West Ham in front of 41,254 fans at the Valley. In 1937, Charlton finished runners up in the First Division, in 1938 finished fourth and 1939 finished third. They were the most consistent team in the top flight of English football over the three seasons immediately before the Second World War.

Charlton reached the 1946 FA Cup Final, but lost 4–1 to Derby County at Wembley. When the full league programme resumed in 1946–47 Charlton could finish only 19th in the First Division, just above the relegation spots, but they made amends with their performance in the FA Cup, reaching the 1947 FA Cup Final. This time they were successful, beating Burnley 1–0, with Chris Duffy scoring the only goal of the day. The Valley was the largest football ground in the League, drawing crowds in excess of 70,000. However, in the 1950s little investment was made either for players or to The Valley, hampering the club's growth. In 1956, the then board undermined Jimmy Seed and then sacked, and Charlton were relegated the following year. From the late 1950s until the early 1970s, Charlton remained a mainstay of the Second Division before relegation to the Third Division in 1972 caused the team's support to drop, and even a promotion in 1975 back to the second division did little to re-invigorate the team's support and finances. In 1979–80 Charlton were relegated again to the Third Division, but won immediate promotion back to the Second Division in 1980–81. In 1984 financial matters came to a head and the club went into administration, to be reformed as Charlton Athletic (1984) Ltd. But the club's finances were still far from secure, and they were forced to leave the Valley just after the start of the 1985–86 season. Despite the move away from the Valley, Charlton were promoted to the First Division as Second Division runners-up at the end of 1985–86, and remained at this level for four years (achieving a highest league finish of 14th) often with late escapes, most notably against Leeds in 1987, where the Addicks triumphed in extra-time of the play-off final replay to secure their top flight place. Eventually, Charlton were relegated in 1990 along with Sheffield Wednesday and bottom club Millwall.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Charlton Athletic F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Addicks
Year Founded
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1905 (111 years ago)
English County
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Greater London
Current Ground
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The Valley
Ground Location
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London, England
(Royal Borough of Greenwich)
Club's Owner
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Roland Duchβtelet
Club Chairman
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Richard Murray
Current Manager
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Russell Slade
Current League
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League One
Last Season
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Championship, 22nd place
(relegated)


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INTERESTING STADIUM FACTS & INFORMATION


THE VALLEY
Floyd Road, London, SE7-8BL England

OPENED: ......... 1919
CLOSED: ......... 1985
RE-OPENED: ... 1992 (Renovated)
SURFACE: ........ Grass
COST: .............. not available
CAPACITY: ...... 27,111
RECORD: ......... 75,031 (1938 vs Aston Villa)
OWNER: ........... Charlton Athletic F.C.
OPERATOR: ..... Charlton Athletic F.C.
FIELD SIZE: ...... 112 x 73 yards (102 x 67 meters)



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