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PREVIEW: Sky Blues Travel To The Valley This Weekend

Mark Robins side come up against The Addicks...

5 October 2018

Factfile
Founded: 1905
Stadium: The Valley
Capacity: 27,111
Address: Floyd Road, London, SE7 8BL
Pitch Size: 112 x 73 yards
Club Nickname: The Addicks.
Year Ground Opened: 1919

 

Famous Game: 1947 FA Cup Final vs Burnley

After losing to Derby County 4-1 in the 1947 final, Charlton appeared in their second consecutive final against Burnley.

The game remained goalless in 90 minutes, as the match went to extra time where winger Chris Duffy scored the only goal of the game as Charlton won 1-0.

In both the 1946 and 1947 FA Cup Finals the match ball burst during the game. This was put down to the poor quality of leather available after the Second World War.

 

Club Legend: Alan Curbishley

After spells at West Ham, Birmingham City and Aston Villa, midfielder Alan Curbishley joined Charlton Athletic in 1984.

After helping Charlton get promoted to the first division in 1985-86, Curbishley left to join Brighton in 1987.

He returned to Charlton as a player coach in 1990, making a total of 91 appearances for the club over the two spells, scoring just 6 goals.

However, it wouldn't be until 2006 that Curbishley left the club after becoming joint-manager with Steve Gritt in 1991.

He eventually took sole command of the club in 1995 and masterminded the clubs revival in fortunes over a 16 year spell at the club, leading the club to their premier league and consolidating their place.

Overall, he managed 729 games for the Addicks, just one fewer than the record held by former Addicks manager Jimmy Seed.

 

Last Six

Lost- Charlton 2-2 AFC Wimbledon- 4-2 AFC Wimbledon on Penalties
Won-
Charlton 3-2 Wycombe Wanderers
Won-
Bradford City 0-2 Charlton
Won-
Charlton 2-1 Plymouth Argyle
Draw-
Luton Town 2-2 Charlton
Lost-
Scunthorpe 5-3 Charlton

 

Head-to-Head

Sky Blues (W): 13
Draw: 13
Charlton (W): 11

 

Opposition

A good start to Charlton Athletics 2018/19 winning five of their first eleven games, currently sitting in 8th place one point behind the playoff spots.

After taking over as caretaker manager in March of last season, Lee Bowyer comes into his first full season as a manager, looking to put Charlton in the play-off spots for the second season in a row.

After the first defeat in seven league games at the weekend against Scunthorpe on Tuesday night, Charlton will be looking to bounce back and regain their form when The Sky Blues visit The Valley.

 

Last Time We Met

The two sides last met almost 18 months ago the last time the Sky Blues were in League One as the two sides shared the points in a 1-1 draw at the Ricoh.

George Thomas fired the Sky Blues ahead from close range after 28 minutes. However, Charlton equalized nine minutes into the second half through a Patrick Bauer header.

The draw confirmed the Sky Blues' relegation to League Two.

 

Trivia

Charlton's unusual nickname can be traced back to the club's formative years. The club was founded on East Street, where a local fishmongers was located, owned by Arthur Bryan, who supplied the post-match food for both sides after Chalton's matches.

With the South London accent 'haddock and chips' became 'addick and chips' thus the Addicks nickname was born.

 

Sky Bet Odds

The Sky Blues are underdogs going into this weekends fixture, with The Addicks at 21/20 to win and The Sky Blues at 13/5.

The boost for the weekend, Sky Bet are offering both teams to score with a Coventry win at 7/1.

If you think the results will be the same as when the two teams last met two seasons ago at the Ricoh, the odds of a draw is at 12/5, with the score line being 1-1 at 5/1.


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