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Charlton Athletic : Club Background

Charlton Athletic were founded in 1905.

The origins of the club lay in a youth team formed in 1905 and it wasn't until 1913 that senior status was adopted when they joined the Lewisham League. After the First World War Charlton turned professional and joined the Southern League in 1920, but only for a single season. In 1921 they took advantage of the restructuring of Division Three (previously very Southern club dominated) into South and North sections. With Crystal Palace promoted and Grimbsy Town rather sensibly moved into the Northern section, Aberdare Athletic and Charlton Athletic were elected to the two freed up positions.

In 1928-29 Charlton took the Division Three South title and gained promotion to Division Two where they survived four years before being relegated from last place in 1932-33. Jimmy Seed was brought in as manager, a position he would hold for the next twenty-three years, and had Charlton promoted as Champions again in 1934-35. The following campaign they were Division Two runners-up to Manchester United and had made it to the top flight for the first time. These were great days for Charlton Athletic with crowds of 70,000+, and their first attempt at Divison One saw them finish runners-up. The following season they were fourth, and the final season before World War Two, third.

North Stand
The North Stand - the home end - at The Valley
Photo 2005 Ciderspace

After the War they weren't quite the same force in the league, but did get to two successive F.A. Cup Finals, winning the second. However a series of uninspiring seasons followed and Seed was eventually sacked in 1956 as mediocre turned to bad and Athletic were relegated. They missed bouncing straight back by a point in 1957-58, but then drifted into mostly mid-table Division Two status for season after season until the end of the Sixties. By then they were clinging on by their fingernails, and after squeaking survival for two campaigns were relegated in 1971-72 to Division Three. Three seasons saw them promoted back again to Division Two where the goals of Derek Hales sustained them for a while. However in 1979-80 the Addicks managed six wins all season and ended bottom. Although back up again from third place the next season these were tough times for the club and they were very much also rans at Second Division level. The Valley, with its huge capacity and awe inspiring terrace, was a rotting ruin with less than 10,000 fans knocking around in it. In 1984 Charlton were fighting bankruptcy in the High Court, and in 1985 recorded their lowest ever Football League attendance of 5,104. Abandoning The Valley for exile at Selhurst Park it looked as if Charlton Athletic was at death's door. Unbelievably in the midst of this catastrophy Lennie Lawrence got them promoted to Division One in 1985-86. Even more surprisingly, with crowds only Wimbledon could manage to undercut, they hung on in there until 1990.

However in this period the story of Charlton Athletic was more about off-pitch than on-pitch. The fans never gave up on their dream of returning home, even as The Valley reached dereliction. In local council elections in 1990 a Back To The Valley party gained 14,838 votes. Panicked by the popular upswelling of emotion Greenwich Council abandoned its opposition to redevelopment. There were still problems though as the club ran out of money in its attempts to refurbish the ground to even a basic level to get football played there again, and the 1991-92 season saw an emergency ground share at Upton Park. In September 1992 Robert Lee, who had scored the last ever goal at the old Valley, was sacrificed in a 700,000 sale to Newcastle United, and the fee was enough to see Charlton Athletic back home on 5th December 1992.

The Nineties saw Charlton gradually developing a new stadium and a new team under Alan Curbishley. In 1997-98 Charlton reached one of the most dramatic play-off Finals ever, 4-4 after extra time and eventually beating Sunderland 7-6 on penalties. However they only lasted a single season in the Premier League. They were straight back up again, this time as Champions, and managed to establish themselves as a fairly comfortable mid-table outfit. Ground development continued while Charlton were milking the Premier League cash cow, with three sides of the stadium now done. There were further plans to develop the final side and put on further tiers elsewhere to take The Valley up to 40,000, but one suspects those plans are now on the back burner with their relegations.

West Stand
The West (Main) Stand
Photo 2005 Ciderspace

In an age of chairman with inflated egos, quick 'fixes', greed, corruption and administrations, Charlton Athletic were a model of patience, gradual development, loyalty and social conscience. Decency can be rewarded, and it was a pleasure to see a club like Charlton holding its own in the top flight. However some fans like to grumble whatever, and staggeringly there were numbers of Charlton fans bemoaning that Curbishley had passed his sell-by-date and was holding them back. When he resigned in 2006, what everyone with a modicum of intelligence knew, that he'd been keeping them above their station on the resources he had, became clear very quickly.

Two disasterous appointments in Iain Dowie and Les Reed saw the club floundering within months, and ex-Glover Alan Pardew, appointed on Boxing Day 2006, could not keep them up. Charlton did not bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, finishing 11th, the impatience grew, and Pardew was out in the autumn of 2008. It mattered naught. Charlton were on the slide and nothing, including new man Phil Parkinson, could halt their plummet into the third tier as they finished 24th. One wonders what those moaning idiot Charlton fans think now? Though of course these days you'll doubtless be pushed to find a single one willing to admit they were a party to the slating of Curbishley. League One did not prove to be the breeze through that they may have hoped for - crowded out by other fallen giants looking to climb their way back into the second tier.

They had a change of ownership around the end of 2010, and one of the early casualties was Parkinson. New owners often have different ideas, and he wasn't helped by a poor run of form, with their takeover rubberstamped as Charlton collapsed at The Valley by a 2-4 scoreline live on Sky Sports, against a Swindon Town side struggling against relegation. Despite their play-off position, Parkinson was shown the door, and in came Leicester City first team coach Chris Powell. As a former chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association, Powell was articulate and level-headed and after dismantling a large chunk of Parkinson's side, he guided Charlton to promotion from League One at the end of the 2011-12 season - at 101 points they were comfortable Champions.

The wheel though turned full circle. Powell managed an impressive 9th placed finish during the Addicks first season at Championship level. However, in January 2014, Belgian businessman Roland Duchatelet bought the club and there were key suggestions right from the off that he was also dabbling in first team management. Iranian international striker Reza Ghoochannejhad and former Liverpool midfielder Astrit Ajdarevic were both drafted in during the January transfer window - both drafted from Belgian League side Standard Liege - also owned by Duchatelet. Top goalscorer Yann Kermorgant (and he still is!) was sold to Bournemouth.

In the meantime Charlton were sliding down the table, although part of this was caused by a mammoth FA Cup run, and problems with the state of The Valley pitch. When they exited the FA Cup at the Quarter Final stage to League One side Sheffield United, with none of Duchatelet's 'signings' in Powell's first team, he was fired. In came Head Coach Jose Riga - also formerly of Standard Liege - who would presumably be more in line with Duchatelet's thinking. Early results suggest that he may be able to drag Charlton out of trouble - three wins in their last six matches - although that's done against a fragile forward line - Charlton haven't scored more than one goal in a Championship match since Boxing Day - five goals in their last fourteen matches since the decision was made to off-load Kermorgant elsewhere.

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Charlton Athletic : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Charlton Athletic

08/09/1923HomeFrndW3-2Hayward(2), Pidgeon
24/04/1937HomeFrndL3-5Doncaster, Wilkins(2)
04/01/1947HomeFrndL0-1
28/07/1992HomeFrndL0-3838
28/07/1993HomeFrndL1-31530
29/01/2005AwayFAC4L2-322873Terry 44, Davies 66
12/08/2008AwayCC1W1-06239Warne 28
21/11/2009HomeCCL1D1-15632Obika 44
20/02/2010AwayCCL1L0-215991
20/11/2010AwayNPL1L2-315184A Williams 17, Own Goal 55
05/02/2011HomeNPL1L0-14651
26/12/2011HomeNPL1L2-34977Obika 8, Huntington 50
20/03/2012AwayNPL1L0-313717
07/12/2013HomeCHPD2-26053Own Goal 72, Miller 76
08/04/2014AwayCHPL2-315430Grant 12, Moore 74


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Charlton Athletic

HomeAwayOverall
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Charlton Athletic : Club Statistics

RECENT RESULTS

09/08/2016Cheltenham TownAwayCC1L0-12106
04/10/2016Crawley TownHomeLDVL0-21186


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:


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Charlton Athletic : Club Information
The Valley,
Floyd Road,
Charlton,
London,
SE7 8BL
(click for map)

Telephone Number : 020 83334000
Fax : 020 83334001
Email: info@cafc.co.uk
Minicom/textphone : 020 83334094

Chairman : Richard Murray
Safety Officer : John Little
Communications Manager : Matt Wright
Manager : Jose Riga

Capacity : 27,111
Seated : All seater

Record Attendance : 75,031 v Aston Villa, 12th February 1938, FA Cup Fifth Round

Nickname : The Addicks
Colours : shirt - red with single white vertical stripe; shorts - white; socks - white, red turnover

Tickets :
Away supporters get the Jimmy Seed Stand (South Stand behind the goal). The ground is all-seater, with no terrace option.

Ticket prices for our 2013-14 visit are as follows:
Adults: 26.00 ; Over-60s: 20.00; Under-21s: 20.00; Under-18s: 10.00; Under-11s: 5.00.

On our last visit matchday purchase for visiting supporters was at the South (Jimmy Seed) Stand turnstiles. On the day admission is available via cash only.

Disabled Provision :

Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters pay a slightly different rate according to their age. Prices for the 2013-14 season are as follows:

Adults: 20.00 ; Over-60s: 13.00; Under-21s: 13.00; Under-18s: 10.00; Under-11s: 5.00.

Any assistant is admitted free of charge. The ticket office will process your ticket application and you can contact them during opening hours. When you book your ticket you will need to state your requirements, for example if you would like a headset, a lift pass or a parking space. You can contact the ticket office by calling 020 83334010 or 0871-226-1905, or if this is not convenient you can send the club a fax on 020 83334011 or email disability@cafc.co.uk (note that the e-mail address is for information, and you can't book tickets through it). There may be occasion when the ticket office staff will need to refer you to the Disability Liaison Officer, who will contact you directly to ensure your request can be satisfied. Normal allocation of wheelchair spaces to visiting fans is seven.

Disabled parking around The Valley is minimal and currently fully allocated. In the event of parking becoming available on the day of the match the Disability Liaison Officer will be in a position to re-allocate these spaces to supporters wishing to park. In the event that there is no on-site parking, disabled supporters (ambulant or wheelchair) are entitled to receive a disabled access/drop-off pass. This allows the disabled supporter to be dropped off at the entrance to the stadium near where their seat will be. The driver then leaves the stadium area and parks away from the ground. After the game the disabled supporter can again be collected from the relevant exit once the post-game football traffic has dispersed.

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Charlton Athletic : Directions To The Ground
General

Charlton is to the eastern side of London, on the south bank of the river, adjacent to the Thames Barrier and between the crossing points of the Blackwall Tunnel and the Woolwich Ferry. Greenwich is immediately west, Woolwich immediately east.
For fans journeying by car from the West Country there are two real options : via the M25 or the South Circular.

East Stand
The East Stand - sometimes split, with visiting fans down in the far corner.
Photo 2005 Ciderspace


By Road

From the M25 :
The simplest way to get to The Valley is to drop off the M3 at Junction 2 onto the M25 (Junction 12) and follow it round anti-clockwise to Junction 2. There take the A2 back west into London. After around ten miles the A2 dual carriageway becomes the A102M - the approach road to the Blackwall Tunnel. Leave at the junction after the A2 exit and take the right-hand exit at the roundabout. This is signed as the A206 Woolwich Road and Woolwich Ferry.
After the major set of traffic lights at Anchor and Hope Lane and Charlton Church Lane, travel around the second roundabout and take the last exit to drive back on yourself. Then take the first left into Charlton Lane. Cross the railway line and continue up the road. The Valley is right into Harvey Gardens and then on the left. But N.B. access to Floyd Road and Harvey Gardens is restricted on matchdays.

From the South Circular :
Pick up the South Circular (A205, with one stretch of A3 at Wandsworth) at the end of the M4. Follow the South Circular Road all the way round to Woolwich, and turn left into the Woolwich Road (A206) at the roundabout for the ferry. Carry along the A206 until turning left into Charlton Lane. Cross the railway line and continue up the road. The Valley is right into Harvey Gardens and then on the left. But N.B. access to Floyd Road and Harvey Gardens is restricted on matchdays.

Parking :

All parking at the stadium is restricted to permit holders on matchdays. You can park in some roads around The Valley but be aware restrictions are in force in many streets, so look out for signs detailing such. Restrictions are also further extended in some areas on matchdays. All restrictions are vigorously enforced.
Yellow line restrictions apply at weekends, as well as weekdays. If you can find one, most on-street parking spaces are free (no meters) except around the railway station. Once within an hour and a half of kick-off and you've got very little chance of finding a space for free. There are several large car parks a reasonable walk from the ground, such as the Thames Barrier Visitor Centre and on the Westminster Industrial Estate. Expect to pay 5.00 plus.
Local business and shop car parks operate a clamping policy.

Charlton Athletic (and we) recommend using public transport where practical.

By Supporters Coaches

The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to the match for this 2013-14 season Championship fixture as follows:

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 2.00p.m. Note that as this is a midweeker, there is no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station. Cost of travel will be 21.00 with concessions available at 19.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m.

By Rail

Charlton Station is three minutes walk from the stadium. Frequent services depart from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge, with limited departures from Victoria and Cannon Street. The service takes 15-20 minutes depending on which of the above stations you start your journey at.

The simplest route is from Yeovil Junction up to Waterloo by South West Trains, walk across to Waterloo East, and then catch a South East Trains service for Charlton.

For those living north of Yeovil for whom the Castle Cary or Bristol stations are more convenient the route is into Paddington by First Great Western, by tube across to London Bridge, then a South East Trains service for Charlton.

The Docklands Light Railway from east London connects with rail services from Greenwich and Lewisham to Charlton.

Exit Charlton station onto Charlton Church Lane (there's no other choice anyway), turn right and cross over to the other side of the road. Take a left into Floyd Road, and then right into Valley Grove for the away section entrances.

South Stand
Oldest part of the stadium, the Jimmy Seed Stand, is home to visiting supporters.
Photo 2005 Ciderspace

The nearest underground station to The Valley is North Greenwich on the Jubilee Line, with buses (Nos. 161, 472 or 486) every few minutes to Charlton.

By Bus :

Numerous bus routes serve the ground. They include the 53 (Plumstead, Woolwich, Blackheath, New Cross, central London), the 54 (Lewisham, Catford, Beckenham, Elmers End) and the 161 (Chislehurst, Mottingham, Eltham, Woolwich, North Greenwich).
Others are the 177 (Thamesmead, Plumstead, Woolwich, Greenwich, New Cross, Peckham), the 180 (Thamesmead, Plumstead, Woolwich, Greenwich, Lewisham), the 422 (Bexleyheath, Welling, Plumstead, Blackheath, North Greenwich), the 472 (Thamesmead, Plumstead, Woolwich, North Greenwich), and the 486 (Bexleyheath, Welling, Shooters Hill and North Greenwich). Get off on the A206 Woolwich Road, or in Charlton Village, both a five-minute walk from the ground.

By Taxi :

A selection of Charlton taxi companies can be found here.

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Charlton Athletic : Web Resources
Web Sites

Charlton Athletic MAD
This was once manned by a real Charlton fan but now looks to be down to the standard of usual MAD Franchise sites.


Charlton Athletic Official Site
What a shame. This was one of the last Football League sites doing the rounds that had avoided going down the PTV route. Now they have succumbed, and the ease of finding information has been replaced by the ease of finding betting and casino web links. As a non-PTV site this was one of the best we'd seen, so let's hope they can somehow turn a sow's ear into a silk purse.


Charlton Athletic Supporters Club
Does what it says on the tin. This is an independent supporters organisation with multiple branches. Probably limited interest to non-Charlton fans.


Charlton Life
Independently designed fans website. Updates were a bit sporadic when we last looked at this site, but we hope that's only a temporary thing, as non-franchise sites are a bit of a rarity.


Vital Charlton
You either like franchise sites, or you don't. We don't. However in fairness, our major gripe is that most are unmanned auto-feeds with no fan involvement, despite many claiming to be run by fans. This one thankfully is run by real live Charlton fans with a regular news feed too, and so should be worth your while both pre and post-match.


Web Message Boards

Addickted.Net Forum
Independent message board, from a site with a punsome name. The site itself is currently inactive and looks to have been for some time, but you can still get at the forum. Not too much discussion going on, but it's certainly still alive.


Charlton Life Forum
Very busy forum for the Charlton Life website. Guests can read, but you need to register to post.


Charlton Mad Forum
Forum for the Charlton Mad site. Some traffic but not the busiest.


Vital Charlton Forum
Forum for the Charlton Vital site. Most posts are auto-posts for news items on that site, but there's a bit of chat going on.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Greenwich Borough Mercury
Dedicated Charlton section for the Greenwich Borough Mercury. Updated around three times per week.


News Shopper
Dedicated Charlton section from the News Shopper South London paper. Updated around three times a week with new stories in this section.



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Charlton : Food & Drink
General :

Charlton itself is actually quite a small place, and most of the club's support is drawn from the surrounding neighbourhoods in the Borough of Greenwich and other nearby boroughs. The pubs in Charlton tend to be heaving on matchdays. This is nothing to do with their quality, which is mainly average to poor, but because the number struggles to get above single figures and isn't really adequate for a football crowd. With this in mind, and because there are some vastly superior pubs in Greenwich, we've also listed a number of outlets there. If drinking in Greenwich pre-match the journey time from either Greenwich Station or Maze Hill Station (depending on which pub you finally end up in) is just a few minutes.

There are a number of fish and chip shops and a kebab shop on the way from Charlton Station to the stadium, and a MacDonalds next to Asda in Busby's Way. For those wanting a punt there's a Ladbrokes virtually outside the railway station.

According to some local opinion the best burger stall at the ground is the one outside the club shop.....sorry 'Superstore'.

Club Bar :

Alcohol is on sale throughout the concourses including the away areas, though only ahead of kick-off, not during half-time. Food is the usual football stadium fare, with Charlton having no worse, nor better, reputation than most.

Local Pubs :

Ashburnham Arms: Shepherd Neame pub serving a wide range of that brewery's ales: Masterbrew, Spitfire, Kent's Best Invicta Ale, Bishop's Finger and seasonals. Opening is 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. every day except Sunday, when it's midday - 10.30 p.m. The menu is pizza (every day except Monday when no food is offered, and Sunday when it's a roast), but of a higher standard than usually found in pubs. There's a bar billiards table.
Ashburnham Arms, 25, Ashburnham Grove, Greenwich, London, SE10 8UH. Tel: 020 86922007. Map: Click Here.

Something of a home fan pub
Something of a home fan pub
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Bugle Horn: Five hundred yards south of the station and the ground in the oldest part of Charlton. Landlord is a big Addicks fan and the place is stuffed with club memorabilia. As such it's popular with home fans and can be a bit cliquey on matchdays. For certain big games the police have been known to refuse away fans entry, though this seems unlikely in our case. There are several televisions located in the bar areas and a big screen in the large family room showing Sky Sports. Has a pool table and does food. A couple of unadventurous basic real ale options.
Bugle Horn, 6, The Village, Charlton, London, SE7 8UD. Tel: 020 83558287. Map: Click Here.

Good views over the Thames.
Good views over the Thames.
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Cutty Sark Tavern: Large riverside pub with views of The Dome (or whatever it's now called) and Canary Wharf that, despite its name, is tucked away off the tourist trail enough to be tolerable. Regular beers are the likes of St Austell Tribute, Black Sheep Best Bitter, Adnams Broadside, Fuller's London Pride and Greene King Abbot. Does substantial (but London price) meals daytime and evening. Opening is 11.00 a.m - 11.00 p.m. every day except Sunday, which is midday - 10.30 p.m.
Cutty Sark Tavern, 4-7, Ballast Quay, Greenwich, London, SE10 9PD. Tel: 020 88583146. Map: Click Here.

Continental in style.
Continental in style.
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Greenwich Union: The only pub outlet of Meantime Brewing, which was founded in 2000. Right next door to the Richard I (below). It concentrates on its own products - the only mainstream brewery item in sight was a beer from Adnams - and specialises in brewing continental style lagers and beers, with seven on draught and four in bottles. There's a contemporary style menu served lunchtime and evening. Open from 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Friday, 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Saturday, and 11.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. Sunday. There's a small number of seats out front, and a larger number out back. It's fair to say neither drink nor food is cheap, but the really pretentious crowd mainly restrict themselves to Friday and Saturday evenings.
Greenwich Union, 56, Royal Hill, Greenwich, London, SE10 8RT. Tel: 020 86926258. Email: theunion@meantimebrewing.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Horse & Groom: Further east along the Woolwich Road at the home end of the ground. Four to five hundred yards from the stadium. Nothing to recommend it whatsoever apart from the service being reasonably efficient.
Horse & Groom, 602, Woolwich Road, Charlton, London, SE7 8RH. Tel: 020 88580456. Map: Click Here.

'The Nags Head' name has been left up from the OFAH filming
'The Nags Head' name has been left up from the OFAH filming
© Hugh Gleave
Pelton Arms: Since a new landlord took over this hostelry has been getting seriously good reviews: excellently kept beer and quality British style (as in fish & chips, pies, cumberland sausages, burgers etc.) food at (for London) reasonable prices. Has four or five real ales, darts and bar billiards as the pub games, and a small beer garden at the back for smokers (and others). Opening hours: Mon - Thurs: noon - midnight. There is an hour extension on Friday and Saturday nights, whilst for Sundays they close an hour earlier. Food times: Tuesday to Friday: 12.00 noon 3.00p.m. and 5.00p.m. 9.00p.m, Saturdays: Breakfast 10.00a.m. 12.00 noon, Lunch and Mains: 12.00 noon 6.00p.m.
Pelton Arms, 23-25, Pelton Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9PQ. Tel: 0208 8580572. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Pleasant friendly pub, though how you run out of rice for the chilli con.....
Pleasant friendly pub, though how you run out of rice for the chilli con.....
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Plume Of Feathers: With benches out front and tables and chairs out back in a pleasant courtyard, this is a Harveys pub, though also carries beers from Fullers and Adnams. There's a children's playroom, and food is served 12.00 noon - 3.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 6.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday (no evening meals on Mondays), 12.00 noon - 3.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. Friday, 12.00 noon - 4.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. Saturday, and 12.00 noon - 5.00 p.m. Sunday. All dishes are made on the premises. Opening times are 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10.00 a.m - midnight Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 12.00 midday - 11.00 p.m. Sunday.
Plume Of Feathers, 19, Park Vista, Greenwich, London, SE10 9LZ. Tel: 020 88581661. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Perhaps not quite the pub it was.
Perhaps not quite the pub it was.
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Richard I: Also known as 'Tolly's', this pub is in Greenwich rather than Charlton. A lot of Glovers will recall it from our FA Cup match against the Addicks as at that time it was being run by a Yeovil supporter. He's moved on to Korea (and now back to England) in the meantime and the pub has changed hands several times since, and not for the better. It's still above average but the beer is kept OK rather than brilliantly though the hostelry still clings on in the Good Beer Guide.
A traditional bare board two bar outlet with Youngs beers and, since their merger with Charles Wells, Bombardier. Has a fair sized beer garden at the back (no children after 8.30 p.m.). Food is served lunchtimes. Opening is 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11.00 a.m. - midnight Friday and Saturday; and midday - 10.30 p.m. on Sunday.
There isn't much parking near the pub for those driving, but train users will find it an easy drop off point. From the station turn left on to the main road and then right at the large red brick clock tower on to Royal Hill. The pub is about 200 yards up on the right. Greenwich Station is just a couple of stops and 6-7 minutes short of Charlton, and trains run every five to ten minutes or so.
Richard I, 52, Royal Hill, Greenwich, London, SE10 8RT. Tel: 020 86922996. Map: Click Here.

Away fans allowed pre-match but not post-match. Weird.
Away fans allowed pre-match but not post-match. Weird.
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Rose of Denmark: Modernish redbrick boozer on the main road to the west of the ground and station. Welcomes away supporters before games, with a photo display on the wall of fans from visiting clubs, but not post-match in the evening. The beer is Courage Best (oh dear), and food is served. There's Sky Sports on a big screen and a pool table. Has own car park.
Rose of Denmark, 296, Woolwich Road, Charlton, London, SE7 7AL. Tel: 020 84730038. Map: Click Here.

Royal Oak: Closest pub to the North Stand (home end) and packed out with Charlton fans when a game's on. Been refurbished and got new tenants in the last couple of years, and the reviews have got better - but probably not enough to bother squeezing in with the wall to wall locals on matchdays. Does some real ale and also food.
Royal Oak, 54, Charlton Lane, Charlton, London, SE7 8LA. Tel: 020 88584771. Map: Click Here.

Spanish Galleon: Also in Greenwich. It's another Shepherd Neame pub with Masterbrew, Spitfire and Bishop's Finger. There are two bars joined by a food counter doing bar style food, with full restaurant style meals upstairs, both lunchtimes and evenings. Right outside the Cutty Sark station on the Docklands Light Railway. It's child and disabled friendly. Opening is 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.
Spanish Galleon, 48, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich, London, SE10 9BL. Tel: 020 88583664. Email: spanishgalleon@shepherdneame.co.uk. Map: Click Here.

Sun In The Sand: Whilst we try to visit as many of the pubs in our guides (it's a hard life!) there are a few that we actively promote because the landlords specifically encourage and welcome away supporters. Alex, the landlord of this pub has been in touch and supplies the following review of his pub: "The pub is situated just off the A2, on the Sun in the Sands roundabout. This is a famous local landmark, so you should have no difficulty in finding us. We are about 15 minutes' walk from Charlton's ground, which makes the pub near enough for you to get to the ground easily, but far enough away for it not to get jam packed, especially as being a large pub, there is plenty of space. I have no restrictions on away fans - you can have a drink both before and/or after the match. Our facilities include pool tables, darts boards and gaming machines. As we have dual Sky Sports channels. You can watch whatever live matches are on. Our kitchen is run by award-winning chefs who serve up authentic Indian cuisine which, from 5.00pm onwards, you can either eat on the premises or take away. If you are staying overnight you can even catch a live band from approx 8.00pm. The SE London pub band scene is excellent. We have an external smoking area and parking space, and there are good public transport links. We have a decent range of real ales, lagers and draught cider. You are assured of a warm welcome from myself and the pub's friendly customers, who support a wide variety of teams."
Sun In The Sand, 123 Shooters Hill Road, Kidbrooke, London, SE3 8UQ. Tel: 0872 148 5351. Map: Click Here.

The Anchor and Hope: Down on the Thames Path with views of the river front, in New Charlton a little over half a mile from the stadium, and nice to sit outside in the summer. Popular with workers on the industrial estate. On three levels: a general bar; a restaurant; a 'traditional style English pub' with baked potato menu. No real ale, but the beer is cheap (for the area) as are the good large food portions. Friendly landlord, landlady and staff.
The Anchor and Hope, 2, Riverside Walk, Anchor and Hope Lane, Charlton, London, SE7 7SS. Tel: 020 88580382. Map: Click Here.

Busiest pub for away fans
Busiest pub for away fans
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The Antigallican: A poor pub, but the one in Charlton most frequented by visiting fans. This is partly: because it's a hundred yards from the railway station, and a couple of hundred from the stadium; the local plod push away supporters in its direction - but then seem to have a thing about punters not spilling out onto the pavement even when it becomes packed. Despite a supposed refurbishment there's plenty of dirty peeling paint and scruffy furniture. The drink is unutterably boring: Caffreys, Carling Extra Cold, Coors Light, Grolsh, Guinness, Worthingtons, and Strongbow on draught as kegs and the likes of Becks, Budweiser, Stella Artois and Magners in bottles. Food is depressing and limited. If a menu can be discovered items featured are likey to be: a sandwich containing processed ham; a jacket potato with cheese, beans...... or cheese and beans; or burger and chips if you're lucky. On the slightly brighter side, there's Sky Sports on a big screen and three flat-screen televisions, a pool table, darts, a jukebox and a couple of games machines. There's also cheap (for the area) accommodation for anyone thinking of staying over.
The Antigallican, 428, Woolwich Road, Charlton, London, SE7 8SU. Tel: 020 88530143. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Real Eastenders live north of the river, as do the pretend ones of Walford. Sarf of the river the eastern part of London is a most peculiar mixture. Extreme forms of Chavland sit next to extreme forms of Hyacinth Bucket Suburbia. Although swallowed up by the London conurbation long ago the centre of Charlton Village, as it is pretentiously known, does to be fair retain something of a 'village' atmosphere.

Top-Tip :

If driving take a massive supply of blood pressure pills - you have been warned.

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Charlton Athletic : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

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Other Points Of Interest

Charlton is part of the Borough of Greenwich, which is so historically important it has World Heritage Site status, presumably for its naval background, the Royal Observatory, and the fact that the World's East and West meet here - there's a line on a wall, the prime meridian, which is both 0 and 360 degrees longitude.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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