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The Valley: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

Charlton had already played at various grounds before they moved to The Valley in 1919.


Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Friday, 01.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The Charlton Athletic stadium was built with the help of their fans in 1919. The stadium was initially only consist of a pitch and large earth banks, giving it the appearance of a valley. Charlton moved shortly away from The Valley in 1923, but after a proposed merger fell through, he moved back to The Valley.

The stadium gradually developed over the next decades, most of all by turning the earth banking into concrete terraces and by the construction of a covered main stand.

In the late 1930s, the Valley Stadium was one of England's largest stadiums and the massive east terrace was the largest in the country. The stadium set its record attendance of 75,031 spectators during an FA Cup match with Aston Villa in 1938.

No major changes occurred over the next few decades, until in the late 1970s a modest new main stand was built and a few years later the new covered Jimmy Seed Stand at the southern end.

Shortly after, however, the club went into administration, and while a supporters' trust managed to acquire the club, the stadium remained property of the previous owner.

Charlton Athletic Club moved to Selhurst Park in 1985 in order to ground share with Crystal Palace. The club regained control of The Valley stadium in 1988, but the stadium had fallen into disrepair and redevelopment proposals were blocked by the local Greenwich council.

Due to the popularity of the Charlton fans' political party, many local councils approved the plans to move their club back to a renovated Valley in 1992. The club played one more year at Upton Park before moving back and being renamed Charlton Athletic.

Renovation work on the main stadium started soon after, with the construction of a new East Stand. This work continued in 1998 with the erection of a new two-tiered West Stand. The North Stand was rebuilt soon after, and then connected with the West and East stands.

In the mid 2000s, Charlton presented plans to create a 40,000-seat stadium by rebuilding the East Stand and Jimmy Seed Stand. However, plans were never realised due to relegation of the club.

(photos of the present The Valley below)

How to get to the Valley

The Valley is located in the south east of London on the south bank of the river Thames. The stadium lies about 6 kilometres from central London and 2 kilometres east of Greenwich. Charlton Rail Station is a short walk away from the station. There is frequent service to Charlton from Cannon Street, London Bridge, and Lewisham stations, and rather frequent service from Charing Cross and Waterloo East stations. The journey takes 15 to 25 minutes depending on where you get on.

Various buses connect the stadium with other parts of London. Bus 53 is particularly useful as it can be taken from Parliament Square and other stops on the south bank. However, your journey time will be much longer than by train. Get off at stop Charlton Park Road. Other buses mainly connect the stadium with parts of London further south or east.

Address: Floyd Road, London SE7 8BL

Charlton Athletic Tickets

Tickets for Charlton Athletic matches can be bought online, by phone, or at the club store. Tickets are available on the day of the match, at the gate. Charlton rarely sell out.

Tickets for the match vary in price between £17.00 for a seat in one of the corners to £29.00 for a central seat at the main stand. Prices are increased by £3.00 for high-profile games. Tickets can be bought on the day of the match for £3.00 more.

Relevant Internet links

Visit Charlton Athletic FC's website, London city guide website, Transport for London website, Journey planner website, and to plan your trip to or from London.

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