Charlton fans helping Greenwich Foodbank at The Valley this week

Fans Supporting Foodbanks will be collecting outside The Valley on Tuesday and Friday evenings this week

Charlton Athletic fans are being asked to help Greenwich Foodbank this week by donating non-perishable food at the club’s two home matches on Tuesday and Friday evenings.

A similar appeal last year resulted in local families in need receiving 1,000 meals. With the promoted club experiencing a spike in attendances, Fans Supporting Foodbanks will be hoping to beat that number this year.

You’ll find a collection point in The Valley’s car park from 6.15pm on Tuesday, ahead of the match against Huddersfield Town, and from 6.15pm on Friday, before the Hull City game. You don’t have to be going to the match to donate.

The food bank is looking for food with a long shelf life and that doesn’t require refrigeration. Examples include cereals, rice, long life milk or canned meat or fish. It currently has plenty of beans and pasta but is in great need of tinned fruit, tinned carrots, tinned peas, long-life fruit juice and tinned rice/custard.

If you can’t make it to The Valley, there are collection points at Charlton House, Sainsbury’s Charlton Riverside and Charlton Asda.


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VIDEO: Watch Greenwich & Woolwich’s election candidates at Charlton hustings

Five of the general candidates for Greenwich & Woolwich took took questions from voters at a hustings event in Charlton on Saturday morning – the last such event before Thursday’s poll.

Here is (slightly wobbly) video of the entire event, which was held at Charlton Assembly Rooms.

Part one: Opening remarks (3.16), housing (14.11), tax and public services (22.34), Brexit (32.10), Silvertown Tunnel and the climate crisis (41.54)

Part two: Corruption and transparency (0.05), housing (12.25), energy efficiency (24.24), Wikileaks and the NHS (33.50), closing statements (48.40)

The candidates who took the time to appear (from left to right on the panel): Rhian O’Connor (Liberal Democrat), Matt Pennycook (Labour), Victoria Rance (Green), Thomas Turrell (Conservative), Eunice Odesamni (Christian People’s Alliance). The Brexit Party’s Kailash Trivedi did not show up, nor did the independent candidate Sushil Gaikwad.

The chair was Andrew Donkin. It was hosted by the Charlton Society in partnership with the Charlton Central Residents Association, Charlton Parkside Community Hub, and Valley Hill Community Hub – thank you to them for allowing filming.

  • If you live in a street inside the Eltham constituency, the London Masala & Chips blog has a write-up of the hustings that took place there.

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    ROLAND OUT: Charlton fans celebrate as hated owner Duchâtelet finally sells up

    Fans United Protest - The Valley - October 2016
    Charlton fans held a protest march with Coventry City fans in October 2016 (photo: Neil Clasper)

    An Abu Dhabi-based consortium has bought Charlton Athletic, ending five years off calamitous ownership by the Belgian electronics magnate Roland Duchâtelet.

    East Street Investments – named after the street (now Eastmoor Street) near the Thames Barrier where the Addicks were founded in 1905 – have bought out Duchâtelet, who alienated fans by interfering in team selection, sacking much-loved manager Chris Powell, drafting in unsuitable players from other clubs he owned, and mocking unhappy supporters as “vinegar pissers”.

    Fans threw plastic pigs onto the pitch and travelled to Duchâtelet’s home town of Sint-Truiden to protest at a regime which saw the club relegated to League One in 2016. While the Addicks regained their Championship status this spring after winning a play-off final at Wembley, the future of the club – and especially manager Lee Bowyer – remained uncertain with key players and the manager himself only retained on short-term contracts. Now many fans are ending lengthy boycotts of the club.

    The new chairman, Matt Stratford, said in a statement: “While we may be the club owners, truly we are only the custodians. The true spirit of this football club rests with the fans, it is nothing without them. Their support throughout some difficult times both recently and in the past has been inspirational and we intend to build on that loyalty. Our priority will be immediate contact with fan groups in order that their views play a major role in the club going forward.”

    Stratford’s fellow director is Tahnoon Nimer, the chairman of Abu Dhabi Business Development, the private office of Sheikh Saeed Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, a member of one of the six ruling families of Abu Dhabi. The company oversees the running of more than 60 companies including energy, insurance, broadcasting, shipping and sports businesses.

    Charlton fans will be hoping it is third time lucky with new owners – Duchâtelet was preceded by Michael Slater and Tony Jiminez, whose reign foundered when promised financial backing was withdrawn. The new owners’ plans for The Valley and the club’s training ground at Sparrows Lane in Eltham will also be closely scrutinised.

    The team are next in action tomorrow against Sheffield Wednesday, with tickets on sale from The Valley.


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