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The Valley

London, England

Home of the Charlton Athletic

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The Valley (map it)
Floyd Rd
London, England SE7 8BL
United Kingdom


Charlton Athletic website

The Valley website

Year Opened: 1919

Capacity: 27,111

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Into The Valley

Charlton Athletic is a Championship football club from the southeast end of London. Their stadium, called The Valley, was built in 1919, and for many years it was London’s largest Football League venue with a capacity of 75,000. At the time, the ground consisted of three banks of large terracing, with the East Stand being the largest seated area in Britain. Over the years, the ground fell into disrepair, and in 1985, the club went into administration. Having then been saved by the club's supporters, the club spent the next six years playing at Crystal Palace's Selhurst Park and West Ham United’s Upton Park.

During this period, The Valley became derelict, but in 1988 the stadium and the club were reunited together. Thousands of supporters undertook a massive clearing up task, but the large areas of terracing were now unsafe, and eventually the ground was rebuilt. Today, The Valley consists of three joined up stands, with the lone standing Jimmy Seed Stand used for the away supporters. The Valley is now a modern stadium with an all seated capacity of 27,111. If you look hard enough behind the stands, you will still see remains of some of the terraced areas.

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The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

The approaches to the stadium are laden with portable food and drink operators, and once inside, the club food outlets supply the normal range of hot dogs, beef burgers, pies, chips, and hot and cold drinks, including beer and lager. Eating inside London stadiums can be expensive, but the prices at Charlton are only on par with everywhere else.

Atmosphere    3

Unfortunately, I'm of the age where I can say that I have witnessed The Valley in all of its three guises: the old, the derelict, and the new. However, it still retains its very good atmosphere when full, although this has not been the case on many occasions since Charlton dropped out of the Premier League a few years ago. Although now a modern stadium, you can still get a feel of its past and is well worth visiting.

Neighborhood    3

The Valley is located in the east of London and is within close proximity to London's O2 Arena, previously known as the Millennium Dome, which is now London's premier concert venue. One other attraction within walking distance of the stadium is the Thames Flood Barrier.

There is not much in the way of shops around The Valley other than a couple of retail parks, one of which has an Asda Supermarket and a McDonalds. The Antigallican and the Rose of Denmark public houses are where most supporters participate in their pre-match drinking.

Fans    3

Charlton fans are a decent bunch and are always welcoming. They have a loyal hard core support of over 15,000 despite their relocation to other stadiums in the Eighties. Having fallen from the top flight of the Premier League to the third tier of English football, the club are now on their way back up and remain comfortably in mid-table of the Championship. Local rivals are West Ham United and Millwall, and games against these opponents are often quite spicy.

Access    3

Despite being in the heart of the capital, the ground is easily reached by car if you are willing to suffer the queues. Follow the A102 through the Blackwall Tunnel, taking a left with the stadium well signposted. Street parking is available, but you will need to arrive early. Charlton Railway station is a short walk away and is well served by trains from London Bridge, Charing Cross, and Waterloo East. The nearest Underground Station is North Greenwich, from which you will then need to take a 161, 472 or 486 London Bus. This journey will take approximately fifteen minutes.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets prices range from between £22 and £30, with reductions for children and a further £2 reduction if purchased in advance. This is the normal pricing structure for this level of football within the capital city.

Extras    3

There is a club shop at the stadium selling a wide range of souvenirs, and betting kiosks are available inside the stadium. Match day programmes are available priced at £3 for each home game with independent club fanzines also on sale. Outside the clubs main entrance is a statue of Sam Bartram, one of Charlton Athletic's former heroes.

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Valley Boys

Total Score: 3.29

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 2

The Valley is also close to Greenwich, which hosts a number of interesting attractions such as the Observatory with the Prime Meridian. Buses are the easiest way to get close. Tickets are widely available and cheap. Had a great afternoon here.

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