Charlton Athletic – The Valley

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the valley charltonThe Valley stadium is an all seater venue, with a capacity of 27,111.

It underwent considerable redevelopment from 1992 onwards. The large, open terrace on the East side of the ground had not been used since the mid 1980s, following the Bradford City fire of May 1985. It was replaced by a single tier stand, housing the TV gantry and executive boxes, the building of which was completed in 1994.

The North Stand was rebuilt during the 2001-02 season. The former single tier stand was extended to a large two-tier structure, enclosing the North East and North West corners of the ground. The West Stand was built in 1998, after Charlton’s first promotion to the Premiership, and is also two-tiered. The South Stand dates from the early 1980s and is named after 1947 FA Cup-winning manager, Jimmy Seed. Away fans are housed in the South Stand. A large video screen occupies the corner between the South and East Stands, while a statue of goalkeeping legend Sam Bartram can be found outside the ground.

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How to get to the Valley

By Road:
the valley stadium directionsThe Valley Stadium is situated in Floyd Road, Charlton SE7 8BL.

Drivers arriving from the North are advised to follow the M1 as far a junction 6a, exiting onto the M25 towards Dartford. Exit at junction 27, onto the M11 towards London (NE). Join the North Circular Road (A406), following it as far as the A12 exit towards Romford and Central London. Follow the A12 and A102, taking a slight right at Pear Tree Way. Take the 2nd exit at the roundabout, onto the A206 (Woolwich Road). Pass through 1 roundabout and take the 3rd exit at the next, to stay on Woolwich Road. Turn left at Charlton Lane, continuing on Westmoor Street and Charlton Lane before turning right at Harvey Gardens. The stadium is located on the left.

From the South, drivers are advised to follow the M23 as far as junction 8, taking the M25 exit. Exit the M25 at junction 2, towards London (SE & C). Take the 4th exit at the roundabout, onto the A206 (Woolwich Road). Directions are then as above.


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By Rail:
charlton train stationCharlton railway station is within easy walking distance of the ground and is served by trains from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge stations.

On exiting the station, turn right and cross the road. Turn left into Floyd Road and then right into Valley Grove, where the away entrance is located. Several visitors have suggested the alternative of taking the tube to North Greenwich (Jubilee line), followed by a short bus ride (buses 161, 472 and 486) to the Valley. Click here to check the current timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport is London City, some 1½ miles from the Valley stadium. The airport has frequent overland Docklands Light Railway connections to Canning Town tube station on the Jubilee Line. Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in London that can take you to and from the Valley. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Where to Park?

charlton fc parkingOn-street parking is extremely limited near the ground and close to Charlton railway station, as residents’ only parking schemes operate in these areas. However, there is some street parking in the area near the Rose of Denmark pub (see below). Alternatively, parking is available on industrial estates in Eastmoor Street, Westmoor Street, Ruston Road and Warspite Road.

Away Friendly Pubs near the Valley

pubs near charlton fc stadiumThe Antigallican, near Charlton station, appears to be a traditional “watering hole” for away fans. However, many have reported that it gets uncomfortably busy on match days. It offers real ale and a limited range of snack food. The Rose of Denmark and the Pickwick, both on Woolwich Road, have received encouraging reports from visiting fans.

Both pubs are within a 10-minute walk of the ground and offer a friendly atmosphere, with an amiable mix of home and away fans. Both have large-screen Sky TV. The Charlton Liberal Club, within a 5-minute walk of the ground, welcomes away supporters on payment of a small entry fee. It is spacious, less busy than some of the other pubs in the area and welcomes families. Alternatively, alcohol is available in the away end of the ground.

Hotels near the Valley

holiday inn express london greenwichThe Express By Holiday Inn Greenwich, Bugsbys Way, Greenwich, London SE10 0GD, is located near North Greenwich tube station and is within 1½ miles of the Valley stadium. Its contemporary facilities have attracted some excellent reviews from visiting guests. On-site parking is available at extra charge. novotel london excel

The Novotel London Excel, 7 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1AA is a similar distance from the Charlton ground and has also been the subject of excellent customer reviews. Situated within 30 minutes of Central London, this hotel has a peaceful setting, overlooking Royal Victoria Dock. All rooms are air-conditioned and hotel facilities include steam room and sauna.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to the Valley?

away fans charltonThe majority of visiting fans have been impressed by the atmosphere within the stadium. The home fans are passionate and very vocal, but most away fans have not been intimidated in any way. The South Stand is raised above pitch level, offering good views of play. The space between rows of seats offers excellent legroom, whilst remaining close to the action.

However, several visitors have remarked that the single supporting pillar, in the middle of the away end is an annoyance. The Charlton stewards have been almost universally praised, adopting a relaxed, laid back attitude and only interfering when necessary. Most visitors have also liked the PA system, which while loud is not deafening, and the music played prior to kick-off. Refreshment areas do not tend to become overly congested and offer the usual range of pies, pasties, etc. There are Ladbrokes betting facilities inside the ground.

Your comments about Charlton Athletic – The Valley


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  1. John

    We were staying at the Novotel London Excel for a conference, and were lucky enough to have a Tuesday night game at Charlton, enabling us to mix business with pleasure (and it was a pleasure to watch us win 2-1). Charlton train station was actually closed that evening which made things a little trickier to get to the ground – we ended up grabbing a cab there and back, which cost us around £15 each way.

    We found a pub very close to the ground, which was pretty busy, with a good mix of home and away fans. I’m not totally sure of the name, but it might have been The Pickwick, as mentioned in the review above.

    The atmosphere in the ground was pretty good, and no complaints about the view from our seats at all. We grabbed a quick Hot Dog inside the ground before the game, which was quite tasty – queues for drinks were far too long, so we didn’t bother trying to get any.

    The roads were well and truly gridlocked for about an hour after the game, so it might be an idea to duck back inside one of the pubs until things have quietened down a little – Although we caught a cab back, we saw that the trains out of Charlton station were very frequent – queues were long, but cleared quicker than by car.


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  3. Shaun Leasley

    I found my away day trip to the valley a good day out. We visited the antigallitian pub near the train station and found it busy but the wednesday fans made it a good atmosphere. Inside the ground you have 2 sides for food and drink and found that very easy and less queueing at half time and before the game. THanks the Valley UTO


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  5. Ritchy

    Useless ground, useless home support. The atmosphere created by the home “support” is non existent, and the club try to counter this by not serving alcohol to the away fans, hoping that it will give them the edge.

    Joke team, joke club, joke support!

    If it wasn’t for the fact that it is as close to me as the Den, I don’t think I’d ever bother going back! 2 out of 10 from me, don’t bother!


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    • Rob

      Ooh! a negative review from a Millwall fan What a surprise! Do yourself a favour and take note of the other reviews. The Valley is a good ground and a nice day out. It was redeveloped for the premier league. Something they haven’t had to worry about down the New Den.


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  7. Mike Wilkins

    Great day out! The antigallican pub outside the away end was brilliant with hundreds of away fans causing a brilliant atmosphere which continued in the away south stand end. Stewards were relaxed about letting the Southampton fan stand but the tanoe system asked us to sit down which we certainly did not. However poor atmosphere by the home fans and all the noise was coming from the away end.


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  9. Will

    Great day out at The Valley! Views of the play were excellent excluding the single pillar which was not the end of the world. Very suprised and impressed with the atmosphere inside the ground from the home fans in the opposite stand whow ere very loud at times. Only downside was leg room was slightley cramped where i was sat and quite slow getting away from the ground on the club coach but overall a great trip!


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  11. jk

    Went to this ground by coach which once on the M25 seemed to take forever, busy around the ground, pubs were over spilling so didn’t bother, good stand for away fans who were far more vocal than the home fans.
    Toilets ok, refreshments ok good view from behind the goal.


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  13. scott morris

    Its a nice stadum, nice refrestments, one thing that can be inproved is the leg room


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  15. Nick

    Been here three times in recent years (one time we were relegated to league one and on another occasion we were promoted back into the Championship). Always a very good day out. Rose of Denmark is a nice away friendly pub but the nominated away pub is the antigallican which is just outside Charlton train station. It gets really really busy, but this also creates a good away fan atmosphere. Also been into the Labour club on the High Street which is away freindly. Much less cramped and relaxed. You have to pay a couple of quid to get in though.
    The facilities in the away end are limited. Only one refreshment bar for the whole end and we sent a friend to get some beers about 10minutes before half time. They still had not been served 10 minutes before the second half and at this point, staff announced that no more beer was available!
    Charlton fans always freindly and had some chats on the train whilst travelling back into central London. A good day out will always be had (except the time you get relegated by getting stuffed 4.1!)


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  17. Stu

    Travelled down to Charlton by coach………seemed to be chaos at first, as we were guided from outside Makro, up the road, around a roundabout and right back to where we began…..then let off the coach.

    Antigallican pub was given a thumbs down by a lot of the CFC fans, poor decor and inflated prices.

    The Valley was great, although the Jimmy Seed stand we were in was showing it’s age (also had sharp screws sticking out from the corrugated sides) but was comfortable and afforded a great view from where I was sat (next to the police control room)

    There was a crowd of just over 22,000 there but, I was surprised at how quiet the Charlton fans were……Chesterfield were belting out some noise.

    All in all a very enjoyable day out, never felt intimidated, Stewards were brilliant and, so were the Police outside the ground……….would certainly like to visit again, although would prefer a better result for CFC (we lost 3-1)


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  19. JON

    Like most of the other comments from fans up and down the country, I found the day out to Charlton a very enjoyable experience. A pint or two in the Antigallican pub before the game, was a new experience, having the same drink from the same barmaid and getting a different price for the round everytime, add to this having to use a bucket round the back to empty yourself – WOW.. The atmosphere inside the pub was friendly and a good sing song amongst the many Blades that made the trip only added to the Enjoyment..
    Then the 5 minute walk to the Ground, a frisk search from the Stewards, not had that since the 80’s and into the Ground, I found myself on the lower of the 2 levels in the away stand and a some what obscured view, and had to that the 5 annoying teenagers in the stand to our right that think to goad the away fans into a fight outside is fun Knobheads. Stewards and Police must be trained to look for trouble that isn’t there. As at any way ground the Blades go the atmosphere and constant singing was great , just a 1-0 defeat and a referee that even the Charlton fans booed spoilt the day..
    After the game a 20 minute delay for the coaches and the fighting thru the London traffic had tempers heated to say the least.. 8 out of 10 for the day.. Hopefully will go next year in the championship..


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  21. John

    Visited last game of 2010/11 season – game was poor, a 0-0 draw but had a fantastic day at the Valley.
    Friendly people, decent pint in the Antigallican and was impressed with the ground …… all in all a GOOD away day.


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  23. neil

    been charlton a few times, great day out charlton fans freindlly not intimidated at all, one of the best away grounds to visit top club thanks


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  25. eileen townsend

    Valley cafe near the ground very friendly and cheap for decent pre match food, not everyone wants a pub. Good atmosphere inside the ground with friendly stewards. If it rains and you are near the front of the stand you will get a soaking.Stayed at the Ibis hotel in Greenwich which was fine and there is plenty to see and do in Greenwich. We walked to and from the ground but there are plenty of buses if you are not up to walking.


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  27. Liam Claeys

    Go the valley for first time been two 40 grounds all over England but never been to valley yet so I’m looking forwed to go there Sunday don’t forget wigan first ever away game premiership was at the valley lets hope this is good game


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  29. Steve

    I must say charltons ground is probably in the top 5 grounds outside the premier league, in terms or the facilities, however the atmosphere is quite poor to be honest. I don’t think the acoustics do the charlton fans any favours but I’d say only 200 or 300 fans sing. These fans only ever sing ‘ chrissy po wells red white army’ if more fawn sang and they got rid of the drum then the atmosphere would match the facilities,
    Also if a team applied for more tickets where would they go if accepted. We sold out 3000 in 220 minutes which meant silver and bronze members had no chance to buy tickets. I know the away fans would always go in the jimmy seeds stand but would they go in a different stand if the higher allocation request was accepted


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  31. DAVID DALLISON

    easy to get to by train every 10 mins from London Bridge 5 mins walk from Charlton station to the ground , ,good view from the visitors seating, poor toilet facilities ,too small causing long queues, ,Recommend getting off the train at Greenwich , 2 stops before Charlton for a pre match drink , plenty of good pubs in Greewich, the Richard 1st on Royal Hill is very friendly


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  33. rob lee

    Nice ground no atmosphere generated by the home fans but as per usual its up to the leeds fans to generate electric atmosphere however game was delayed by 30 minutes dueto a pitch inspection pitch was in an absolute state and there wasnt even too much rain theres two wee bars each end of the away stand ! Police and stewards do search and didnt let a few lads in so be careful and bin anything before going in overall decent day out


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  35. Ted

    Decided rather foolishly to drive to the ground, got to London in no time, then spent two and a half hours following satnav round road works and de-tours. Would get tube next time, or coach (at least you can have a kip). Arranged to meet some mates at the ‘Rose of Denmark’, about ten mins walk from the ground. Really friendly pub, about 50/50 home and away. Home fans friendly and helpfull with directions, and a good sing song went on with no problems whatsoever. Also the pub allowed us to leave our car in the car park till after the game, but the pub didnt re-open after the game, which was a shame. Facilities were fine in the ground, it is after all a prem standard ground. Stewards were friendly, and had no probs with people standing for the full ninety mins. Still pricey in the ground, but its hard to find any football club that doesnt mug the fans. Atmosphere was a ok, charlton went one up, but apart from that gave their fans nothing to get behind. Blues were on good form, think we had about 1400 down there, and that was a miracle considering the state the club is in. A one all draw with blues maybe deserving to edge it. 10 min stroll back to the Rose of Denmark, and stright onto the road, for another two and a half hours of London traffic.. Yes would go again, but would not drive it.

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