While the current state of Charlton Athletic is in a certain amount of turmoil, fans and neighbours can now find out more about the club’s past in a small museum that’s recently opened at The Valley.
The fan-run Charlton Athletic Museum is based in old office space at the top of the stadium’s north stand, on Harvey Gardens.
It’s now open 11am to 3.30pm on Fridays – the entrance is by turnstile 40, near the Charlton Lane end of Harvey Gardens. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
Exhibits include memorabilia from the club’s 1947 FA Cup victory and the Addicks’ famous 1957 win over Bill Shankly’s Huddersfield Town, when they came back from being 5-1 down to win 7-6.
Material from the club’s seven-year exile from The Valley is also on display, along with newspaper cuttings depicting the club’s highs and lows.
It’s an absorbing collection which depicts not just how the club has changed, but how its local neighbourhood has changed too. Could you imagine the players’ kits being taken down to a laundry in Charlton Lane to be washed now?
The volunteers behind the museum are hoping to arrange for it to be open by appointment on matchdays, but for now, if you’re free on a Friday, it’s well worth a visit.
One of the volunteers, Clive Harris, will also be talking about the club’s history to the Charlton Society this Saturday (2.30pm, Charlton House, £2 for non-members).
Of course, it’d be remiss of this website to neglect the fact that events at the club recently haven’t exactly been harmonious. Head coach Bob Peeters was fired last month and many fans object to what they see as dishonesty and interference in team matters from current owner Roland Duchatelet. The electronics tycoon is running Charlton as part of a “network” of clubs led by Belgium’s Standard Liege, whose former head coach Guy Luzon has now turned up in charge at The Valley.
The club’s supporters’ trust is holding a public meeting tomorrow night at the Woolwich Grand Theatre so fans can air their views.
Meanwhile, it’s unlikely to end 7-6 this time, but tickets for Charlton’s match against Huddersfield Town on 28 February – which sees the return of former manager Chris Powell – have been reduced to just £5 each across the ground. Tickets can be bought from the ground or by calling 03330 144 444.