Despite relegation the previous season, Charlton immediately returned to the Promised Land as champions of the first division and remained in the top tier for the following seven seasons.

After dropping into League One during a decline in the ensuing years, the club turned to one of its favourite sons, Chris Powell, to take charge in January, 2011. A season later, a host of records were broken as Powell led the Addicks back into the Championship as League One champions, and the club sealed a ninth-place finish in the second tier in their first season back.

Charlton Athletic is a football club and a business based upon sound financial principles and through the efficient use of resources has an ambitious outlook with a forward-thinking approach, whilst recognising and respecting the its traditions and heritage.

Charlton is a family-orientated club at the heart of the community that understands and responds to the needs of its stakeholders. The award winning-community programme has been running for over 20 years and is regarded as one of the biggest and best community programmes in the world. The Charlton Athletic Community Trust directly engages with 10,000 young people a week, works in over 100 schools and employs 250 full time and part time staff.



Charlton Athletic Football Club prides itself on playing exciting, winning, competitive football at the highest level through the daily pursuit of excellence both on and off the field of play.

In June 1905, when a group of 15 and 16-year-olds met on East Street and decided to form a football team, Charlton Athletic Football Club was born.

Their first ever match was in December and ended in a 6-1 win against Silverton Wesley United.  In 1919 the club found its own home, The Valley, which was formerly a derelict sand and chalk pit and an army of volunteers dug the pitch into shape.

Known as the Addicks, Charlton were beaten in the 1946 FA Cup final, but returned to Wembley a year later, beating Burnley 1-0 after extra-time thanks to a goal from Chris Duffy and lifting the famous silverware.


The Charlton Athletic Academy programme is one of the most respected in the country with England internationals such as Paul Konchesky , Scott Parker, Carl Jenkinson, Jonjo Shelvey, all honing their skills in the fabled Sparrows Lane youth set-up. Academy Director Paul Hart and all the coaches are committed to the nurture, progression and production of talented young players capable of meeting the standards and demands of senior professional football in the modern game.

Charlton has established the International Academy to develop partnerships and programs in the USA and Canada that can share Charlton’s Academy coaching methodology to assist the long-term development of North American clubs, and their players and coaches.

The club infamously left The Valley in 1985, ground-sharing at Selhurst Park and Upton Park, before a passionate supporter-backed campaign, which saw a political group, The Valley Party, triggered a return. On December 5th, 1992 Charlton returned home to The Valley, beating Portsmouth 1-0 thanks to a goal from Colin Walsh.

In 1998 the club was promoted to the Premier League for the first time after a never-to-be-forgotten play-off penalty shoot-out win over Sunderland. The 4-4 draw that unfolded over the previous two hours was widely believed to be one of the greatest ever games played at the famous ground.