Charlton Athletic fans have launched a petition calling for a stand to be named after Alan Curbishley, the manager who took the club into Premier League.
Curbishley, who is now 63, spent two spells at the club as a midfield player in the 1980s and 1990s, and managed the side between 1991 and 2006. He also played for and managed West Ham United, and played at both Aston Villa and Birmingham City as well as Brighton and Hove Albion.
But it was in his 15 years as Charlton manager that he achieved his greatest successes, winning the first division play-off final in 1998. While the team were relegated from the Premier League the following season, Charlton then won the division in 2000, leading to a seven-year Premier League stay.
Charlton were relegated a year after Curbishley departed in 2006, and have bounced between the second and third tiers of English football since then. More recently, Curbishley has been appearing regularly on Valley Pass, the live video coverage of matches broadcast while fans are unable to watch games in person.
The south stand at The Valley is already named after Jimmy Seed, the manager who steered Charlton to the old first division in the 1930s and won the FA Cup in 1947. As with Curbishley, Seed’s departure in 1956 was followed by relegation.
The petition has been created by Rick Everett, the editor of Charlton fanzine Voice of the Valley. It has been backed by Peter Varney, the club’s former chief executive, who writes in the latest issue: “It is a no-brainer in my opinion. His achievements are every bit as good as Jimmy Seed’s and these are tributes that should happen to a person when he is alive, not dead. Curbs will never say anything on the subject but he will love it.”
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