It's a lock-out!
Well, not quite, but travelling - and locally-based - Charlton supporters made a decent contribution to the crowd in Dublin as the Addicks got their pre-season programme underway with a 5-0 dismissal of Leinster Senior League outfit Crumlin United at borrowed Richmond Park.
PAUL BREEN was on hand for Voice of The Valley to capture the occasion in words and pictures. Read his report here.
With the Addicks due to start their League One campaign at The Valley on Saturday, August 5th, against Bristol Rovers, we can now confirm that date for the publication of VOTV136, the first issue of the new season. Copies of VOTV136 are now available to pre-order for first-class dispatch on Friday, August 4th.
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A detailed document supplied anonymously to Voice of The Valley and a variety of other Charlton sources today (May 31st) appears to prove that the club had the stadium site professionally assessed for redevelopment as residential accommodation early last year.
The report, which says it was commisisoned for Charlton Athletic Holdings Limited, sister company of Charlton Athletic Football Club, specifically refers to land "currently used as a car park for use by directors, corporate and fan members on match days and throughout the year. There are 250 car parking spaces, which are not all fully utilised..."
Pedder, a development consultancy based in Crystal Palace, concluded that a new two-bedroom flat in Floyd Road would attract a sale value of £325,000, while a three-bedroom flat on the site could fetch £495,000.
The document appears to be genuine although it does not include details of an actual development plan for the site. It is mostly concerned with the local context, including Greenwich Council's planning policies.
It seems unlikely the council would allow the club to redevelop the car park for residential use without adequate replacement parking provision for fans and visitors, especially on matchdays. However, sale values applying to the car park would also be likely to apply to other parts of the stadium.
VOTV has previously revealed that chief operating office Tony Keohane visited Leyton Orient with a Dutch-speaking architect around the same time as the report is dated to look at how they have incorporated residential development into their stadium.
The leak appears to underpin the view that Duchatelet may in future look to sell off a substantial part of the ground - if not all of it - for residential development. However, it does not show how far any such plan has proceeded in the intervening period, if at all.
We are now offering complete sets of the 28 available back numbers since 2013 at below cover price. Choose from the four sets of issues grouped by season (2013/14 includes VOTV 106 from April 2013). Prices range from £10 to £12 - or order all available issues for £30. All bundle prices include free UK postage. Please note that issues 105, 124 and 127 are sold out. For more information about individual backnumbers, please see HERE.
The eighth and final Voice of The Valley of the 2016/17 season features ex-Charlton manager CHRIS POWELL as guest of honour in its pages, five years after he led the Addicks out of League One. He's been talking to Matt Wright.
In fact, it's a double celebration issue, as John Ingram also looks back at the 1974/75 promotion campaign. Meanwhile, Rick Everitt reports from the Unity Protest in Belgium and Kyle Andrews gives his verdict on Karl Robinson. Plus all the usual features and more in the last VOTV until August.
You can now order a copy of Rick Everitt's Battle for The Valley for the bargain price of £9 (including P&P to a UK address) below - or £6 if you are one of our new or existing subscribers.
First published in 1991, the 320-page book (32 completely new) was reissued in 2014 with extra chapters covering the build-up to return to The Valley in December 1992, as well as the great day itself, whch now features in full colour.
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