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Charlton Athletic FC
The Valley

Capacity: 27,111 (all seated)
Address: Floyd Road, Charlton, SE7 8BL
Main Telephone No: 020 8333 4000
Main Fax No: 020 8333 4001
Ticket Office: 0871 226 1905
Ticket Office Fax: 020 8333 4011
Pitch Size: 112 x 73 yards
Team Nickname: The Addicks
Ground Opened: 1919
Shirt Sponsors: University of Greenwich
Kit Manufacturers: Nike
Home Kit Colours: Red and White
Away Kit Colours: Charcoal and Black
3rd Kit Colours: Orange and Yellow
Official Web Site:
www.cafc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
Charlton Life
Cafc-Fans (Message Board)
Supporters Club
Doctor Kish


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Contents
What's The Valley Like?
Future Ground Developments

West And North Stands (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
West And South Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
East Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car And Where To Park
Jimmy Seed (South) Stand (photo)
By Train/Tube
Sam Bartram Statue (photo)
Layout Of The Valley
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Fixtures 2014-2015
Programme
Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
View From The Away Stand
(video)
Valley Location Map


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What's The Valley Like?

The opening of the North Stand in 2002, completely transformed the look of the ground. What was a single tiered separate stand, is now a large two tiered affair, extending and completely enclosing the North East & North West corners. Iin total it houses 9,000 fans. Both sides were also redeveloped in the mid 1990's and anyone who saw the derelict Valley some years back, now wouldn't believe their eyes. The West Stand on one side is a good sized two tiered stand, whilst opposite is the smaller single tiered East Stand, where the vast open terrace, reputedly the country's biggest, was located until demolished in the 1990's. There is a row of executive boxes that run across the back of this stand and it has a television gantry suspended beneath its roof. The older South Stand, behind the goal, is given to away supporters and now looks out of place in its smart surroundings. On one side of this is a police control box. The stadium doesn't have any floodlight pylons as such, but has rows of small floodlights running across the tops of the stands. The stadium is overlooked by a block of flats beyond the South Stand and it is not uncommon to see fans out on their balconies watching most of the game for nothing and others hanging flags from their balconies in support of other teams. In one corner of the stadium between the Jimmy (South) Seed & East Stands is a large video screen. Outside the ground there is a statue of Charlton's legendary former goalkeeper Sam Bartram.

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Future Ground Developments
Mike Keeler informs me; 'The Club have now got planning permission from Greenwich Council to increase the capacity of the Valley to 30,900. This will involve adding a second tier to the East Stand as well as the 'filling in' of the South East corner of the stadium'. However formal time scales have yet to be announced as to when this will take place.

George Packman adds; 'The Club intend to increase the capacity of the Valley to over 40,000. Following on from the first phase of the scheme, which would see an additional tier added to the East Stand, the Club then intend to re-develop the Jimmy Seed (South) Stand. This would be replaced with a similar looking structure to the existing North Stand. This would result in the Valley becoming totally enclosed and boosting capacity to 37,000. Lastly a third tier could be added to the new South Stand at a later stage, meaning that the Valley would have a final capacity of 40,600'.

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West And North Stands


  West and North Stands The Valley

Please note that since this photo was taken the lighter coloured seats
in the upper tier have been replaced with new ones.

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are housed in the Jimmy Seed (South) Stand at one end of the ground, which is slightly raised above pitch level, making for a generally good view. Up to 3,000 away fans can be accommodated in this end. However, if the visiting team are unlikely to sell their full allocation of 3,000 tickets, then this end may be shared with home fans. Peter Inwood a visiting Leeds fan adds; 'There is one solitary supporting column in the entire ground and guess where it is? Right in the middle, behind the goal, in the away supporters end. Very annoying it is as well. However, I would commend the stewards, who took a relaxed attitude to the away supporters who stood throughout the match, although expect to be searched on the way in'. Otherwise the height between rows is good and the stand quite steep, keeping you fairly close to the playing action. It is worth noting that if your team is allocated the whole stand, that there are refreshment areas on either side of the stand. As to be expected those located by the entrance turnstiles, tend to be busiest, whilst those on the other side of the stand are normally less congested. Food on offer include a range of Peter's Pies; Steak Pie (2.95), Chicken Curry Pie (2.95), Cornish Pasty (2.95), Cheese & Onion Pasty (2.95) & Sausage Rolls (2.40). These outlets are supplemented by separate hot dog stalls (3.15 per hot dog). There is also a Ladbrokes betting kiosk inside the ground. Adam Hodson a visiting Stockport County fan adds; 'There is a decent fish and chip shop at the top of Floyd Road, which you pass on the way to the away fans entrance.'

I was quite impressed with the atmosphere at the Valley and I can see why many away fans see it as one of their favourite away days to the capital. The Charlton fans are clearly passionate about their team, but in a non-intimidating way. I had pleasant day out and would go again. I was particularly impressed with the loud P.A. system that played some great music before the game commenced which rocked around the stadium. It is worth noting that you can only gain entrance to the ground by ticket, which you have to buy from a ticket booth beforehand.

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West And South Stands


West and South Stands The Valley

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Where To Drink?
Simon Phillips informs me that 'The Antigallican, a big pub near Charlton station, seems to be the favourite haunt of away supporters'. However, it can get very busy and this is not helped by the local Police not allowing fans to drink outside. It is a rather basic pub but has real ale available (albeit a lone handpump) and also offers a selection of filled rolls and pork pies. Whilst Colin Gilham recommends the 'Rose of Denmark' on Woolwich Road. The pub not only allows in away supporters but absolutely welcomes them. They have a photo display on the wall of fans from visiting clubs that have frequented the pub this season and it also has SKY television'. They also serve Fullers London Pride. Please note that this is a home supporters only pub after the game. To find these pubs come out of Charlton station and turn left into Charlton Church Lane and the Antigallican pub is down on the right hand corner. If you continue down to the t-junction with the Woolwich Road and turn left you will reach the Rose of Denmark further down on the left.

There is also the Charlton Liberal Club, to which away fans are welcome on payment of an entry fee of 1. This is more spacious, less busy, has a large screen television and families are welcome. The club can be found by turning right out of Charlton station and walking 300 yards up the hill on the left hand side of the road, past the row of shops. The club is a five minute walk from the away end, but like the Rose Of Denmark, it becomes a home supporters only venue after the game.

Robert Taylor adds; 'I would recommend the Pickwick on Woolwich Road, which is about a 10 minutes walk away from the ground. It has a good mix of away and home fans, with a friendly atmosphere (with the usual banter!). There is a huge beer garden where kids are allowed to play football and it has Sky television with a huge projector screen at one end. It has a pool table, games machines and there is a handy chippie right next door'. Alternatively alcohol is available in the away end in the form of; John Smith's (3.35 pint), Fosters (3.35 pint), Smirnoff Ice (3.35 small bottle) & White Wine (3.35 minature bottle).

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East Stand


East Stand, The Valley

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How To Get There By Car And Where To Park
Leave the M25 at Junction 2 and follow the A2 towards London. After around 12 miles the road splits with the A2 going off to the left and the right hand lanes becoming the A102. Proceed on the A102 towards the Blackwall Tunnel. Leave the A102 at the next slip road (sign posted Woolwich & Ferry A206). At the bottom of the slip road turn right at the traffic lights towards Woolwich/Charlton. Proceed along the A206 passing the 'The Antigallican pub on your right (the ground and away entrance are diagonally behind this pub). For the main club entrance and car park go straight over the next roundabout, passing a retail park on the left. At the next roundabout, go right around it turning back on yourself along the A206. Then take the first left into Charlton Road (beware that there is a seven feet width restriction along this road). Cross over the railway and after passing the Royal Oak pub on the right, turn right into Harvey Gardens. The ground is down on the left.

Parking at the ground is for permit holders only. There is street parking, but due to a local residents parking scheme, not in close vicinity to the ground or Charlton railway station. However as you come off the A2 onto the A206, there is some street parking to be had on your right, in a couple of streets, before you reach the Rose of Denmark pub. Nic Hallam a visiting Wolverhampton Wanderers fan adds; 'About a 15 minute walk away from the Valley on Victoria Way (off Woolwich Road around the corner from the Rose of Denmark) is a factory united called Cintas, which offered parking for 5.'

Colin Gilham informs me; 'There is some street parking to be had around the industrial estates in the area, in Westmoor Street, Eastmoor Street (the very road where the club was apparently formed 100 years ago!), Warspite Road and Ruston Road.  If you are coming up the Woolwich Road from the the Blackwall Tunnel, then as you go past the ground, the industrial estates are on the left hand side.

Map showing the location of the Valley football ground (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: SE7 8BL

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Jimmy Seed (South) Stand


South Stand The Valley

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By Train/Tube

The ground is a short walk from Charlton Railway Station, which is served by trains from Charing Cross, London Bridge and Waterloo East stations. On Saturdays there are also services from Cannon Street station. 

Colin Gilham informs me; 'Come out Charlton station into Charlton Church lane (all exits lead onto this road). and turn right and cross over to the other side. Take the next left into Floyd Road and then right into Valley Grove for the away section entrance'. 

Darryl Chamberlain adds; 'Although Charlton station is very close to the Valley, many people will find it easier to take the (far more reliable) London Underground. Using the Jubilee Line to get to North Greenwich station and then take a short ride on buses 161, 472 or 486 to get to the ground'.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Sam Bartram Statue


Sam Bartram Statue, The
                      Valley

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Local Rivals
Crystal Palace, Millwall & West Ham

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Admission Prices

The Club operate a category system (Prime & Standard) for matchday ticket prices, whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Prime prices are shown below with standard prices in brackets:

Home Fans:
West &  East Stands (Upper & Centre Blocks): 

Adults 30 (25), Over 60's 22 (20) Under 18's 10, Under 11's 5
North Stand (Lower Tier):
Adults 30 (25), Over 60's 22 (20), Under 18's
10, Under 11's 5
West &  East Stands (Wings): 
Adults
25 (22), Over 60's 20 (18), Under 18's 1
0, Under 11's 5
North Stand (Upper Tier):
Adults 22 (20),
Over 60's 20 (18), Under 18's 1
0, Under 11's 5
North East & West Quadrants:
Adults 22 (20), Over 60's 15 (13), Under 18's 1
0, Under 11's 5

Away fans:

South Stand
Adults
30 (25), Over 60's 22 (20), Under 18's 1
0, Under 11's 5

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Layout Of The Valley


Layout

A more detailed stadium plan can be downloaded from the official Charlton Athletic website (PDF file).

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Charlton Athletic FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Programme
Official Programme 3.

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website..

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
75,031 v Aston Villa
FA Cup 5th Round, February 12th 1938.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
27,111 v Chelsea
Premier League, September 17th, 2005. (This record has subsequently been equalled).

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 16,134 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 18,499 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 17,402 (League One)

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Fans Reviews Of The Valley
Tim Sansom (Neutral) 13/9/14
Christopher Watson (Doing the 92) 27/10/13
Liam Tolley (Nottingham Forest) 23/2/13
Chris Connolly (Chesterfield) 24/9/11
Paul O'Shea (Doing The 92) 2/4/11
Philip John (Gillingham) 20/3/10

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the Valley football ground.

Access their Charlton and general London Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.


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View From The Away Stand



Thanks to Haydn Gleed for providing the above video.

Map showing the location of the Valley football ground, railway station and listed pubs


 

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If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.



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Last Updated: 15 October 2014