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37 Facts About Charlton Athletic
Charlton Athletic spent seven successive years in the Premier League, before suffering two relegations in three years.
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Charlton Athletic FC were formed on 9 June 1905 by a group of 14 to 15-year-olds in East Street, Charlton, which is known as Eastmoor Street and no longer residential.
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Contrary to some histories, the club was founded as "Charlton Athletic" and had no connection to other teams or institutions such as East St Mission, Blundell Mission or Charlton Reds; it was not founded by a church, school, employer or as a franchise for an existing ground.
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Charlton Athletic spent most of the years before the First World War playing in local leagues but progressing rapidly, winning successive leagues and so promotions eight years in a row.
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At the outbreak of World War One, Charlton Athletic were one of the first clubs to close down to take part in the "Greater Game" overseas.
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Charlton Athletic finished second bottom in the Football League in 1926 and were forced to apply for re-election which was successful.
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Charlton Athletic is commemorated in the name of a stand at the Valley.
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Charlton Athletic finally secured promotion to the First Division by beating local rivals West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground, with their centre-half John Oakes playing on despite concussion and a broken nose.
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In 1937, Charlton Athletic finished runners up in the First Division, in 1938 finished fourth and 1939 finished third.
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The club began to groundshare with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and this arrangement looked to be for the long-term, as Charlton Athletic did not have enough funds to revamp the Valley to meet safety requirements.
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Charlton Athletic was replaced by joint player-managers Alan Curbishley and Steve Gritt.
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Charlton Athletic died suddenly at the end of the following month at the age of 30.
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Under his sole leadership Charlton Athletic made an appearance in the play-off in 1996 but were eliminated by Crystal Palace in the semi-finals and the following season brought a disappointing 15th-place finish.
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Charlton Athletic were unable to build on this level of achievement and Curbishley departed in 2006, with the club still established as a solid mid-table side.
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Charlton Athletic's return to the second tier of English football was a disappointment, with their promotion campaign tailing off to an 11th-place finish.
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On 10 October 2008, Charlton Athletic received an indicative offer for the club from a Dubai-based diversified investment company.
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Charlton Athletic started strong, but a long run of draws meant that after only 25 games in charge Peeters was dismissed with the team in 14th place.
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Charlton Athletic was replaced by former player Lee Bowyer as caretaker manager who guided them to a 6th-place finish, but lost in the play-off semi-final.
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In June 2020, Charlton Athletic confirmed that ESI had been taken over by a consortium led by businessman Paul Elliott, and said it had contacted the EFL to finalise the ownership change.
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Charlton Athletic attempted to regain control of the club to prevent Elliot's takeover from going ahead, but failed and was fined and dismissed for challenging the club's directors.
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Charlton Athletic have used a number of crests and badges during their history, although the current design has not been changed since 1968.
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However, after the move fell through, Charlton Athletic returned to wearing red and white as their home colours.
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Progression of the nickname can be seen in the book The Addicks Cartoons: An Affectionate Look into the Early History of Charlton Athletic, which covers the pre-First World War history of Charlton through a narrative based on 56 cartoons which appeared in the now defunct Kentish Independent.
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Unlike those rivals Charlton Athletic have never competed in football's fourth tier and are the only one of the three to have won the FA Cup.
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In 1985, Charlton Athletic were forced to ground-share with Crystal Palace after safety concerns at The Valley.
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Charlton Athletic fans campaigned for a return to The Valley throughout their time at Selhurst Park.
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Charlton Athletic featured in the ITV one-off drama Albert's Memorial, shown on 12 September 2010 and starring David Jason and David Warner.
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Charlton Athletic assumes a pivotal role in the film The Silent Playground.
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