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On the road – Charlton Athletic

30 January 2015

What is it like at The Valley?

The opening of the North Stand in 2002, completely transformed the look of the ground. What was a single tiered separate stand is now a large two tiered affair, extending and completely enclosing the North East and North West corners. In total it houses 9,000 fans. Both sides were also redeveloped in the mid 1990s and anyone who saw the derelict Valley some years back, now wouldn't believe their eyes. The West Stand on one side is a good sized two tiered stand, whilst opposite is the smaller single tiered East Stand, where the vast open terrace, reputedly the country's biggest, was located until demolished in the 1990s. There is a row of executive boxes that run across the back of this stand and it has a television gantry suspended beneath its roof. 

In one corner of the stadium between the Jimmy (South) Seed & East Stands is a large video screen. Outside the ground there is a statue of Charlton's legendary former goalkeeper Sam Bartram. 

How much will it cost me and can I pay on the day?

The Millers have been given a total of 1,236 tickets for this game and are priced at £24 for adults, £16 for under 21s and over 60s, £10 for under 18s and £5 for under 11s.

Tickets go off sale at 2pm on Friday 30th January.

Where will we be sat?

Away fans are housed in the Jimmy Seed (South) Stand at one end of the ground, which is slightly raised above pitch level, making for a generally good view. There is one solitary supporting column in the entire ground that just happens to be right in the middle, behind the goal, in the away supporters end. The stewards are generally relaxed in regards to standing and the atmosphere is supposedly one of the best in the Capital.

Where can I eat and drink?

The favoured pub of away supporters appears to be The Antigallican, a big pub near Charlton Station. It does serve basic food but can get very busy on matchdays due to police not allowing people to drink outside.

Other alternatives include the Rose of Denmark and the Charlton Liberal Club, both places that welcome away supporters and children. Be aware though, that they both become home supporters only after the match has finished.

Dependent on the weather and your preference for a beer garden, there is also the Pickwick on Woolwich Road that is about a 10 minute walk away.

There are a number of eating establishments within close proximity to the ground including a number of decent fish & chip shops. The usual selection of food and beverages, including alcohol, is also available inside the ground.

Where can I park and what's the postcode for my sat nav?

Parking at the ground is for permit holders only. There is street parking, but due to a local residents parking scheme, not in close vicinity to the ground or Charlton railway station. However as you come off the A2 onto the A206, there is some street parking to be had on your right, in a couple of streets, before you reach the Rose of Denmark pub. 

There is some street parking to be had around the industrial estates in the area in Westmoor Street, Eastmoor Street, Warspite Road and Ruston Road. If you are coming up the Woolwich Road from the Blackwall Tunnel, then as you go past the ground, the industrial estates are on the left hand side.

Please be warned that parking restrictions are enforced in the area, with the local Retail Parks particularly fond of clamping.

The postcode for the sat-nav is SE7 8BL.

Can I get there on the train?

The nearest station to The Valley is Charlton railway station and this is about a five minute walk away. This can be reached from Rotherham Central in just under four hours but requires changes at Doncaster, London Kings Cross and London Bridge. These trains do run frequently but are quite pricey.

The last train back leaves Charlton at 18:15 and arrives in Rotherham at 21:28.

Alternatively, the nearest tube station is North Greenwich, on the Jubilee Line and is about a 40 minute walk or short bus journey from the ground.

Can I get there by coach?

The supporters club are running coaches to this match, priced at £20. (£25 for non-members)

Departure is from the Transport Club at 8:30am and 8:45am from the Trades Club.

The Supporters Club will be taking bookings and monies in Riverside Library Restaurant on Saturday home fixtures between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. 

Will I recognise anyone there?

At present there are no players or coaches on the Charlton Athletic books that have any connection to the Millers.

Famous supporters of the club that Millers fans may recognise include Blue singer Lee Ryan, comedian Jim Davidson, TV and Radio presenter Dave Berry, former snooker World Champion Steve Davis, sports presenter Steve Rider and former Tennis ace Bjorn Borg.

In popular culture, Only Fools and Horses character Rodney Charlton Trotter is named after the club.

Have we been before?

It is likely to be the first visit to The Valley to watch the Millers for the majority of visiting supporters, as the two teams haven't locked horns in the capital since November 1982. If any were present that day, then a repeat performance would be very much welcomed as the Millers ran out 5-1 winners in a Division Two encounter. In fact Rotherham have only tasted defeat once in the last four matches at The Valley.

What shirt should I wear?

The Millers will be wearing their white away kit for this game.

Who to watch out for?

The Addicks have faltered lately after an impressive start to the season led to an unbeaten 11-game run and an early play-off place.

The key to this were the performances of Angolan international striker Igor Vetokele, who plundered eight goals in 15 appearances during the opening months of the season.

Getting Vetokele back in the side and scoring goals again will be key to shaping the second half of Charlton's season.


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