"Why are you STILL here, Katrien" is a question that must not be asked at The Valley . . .

Ahead of Free Speech Day, with CARD encouraging fans to make and display their own banners inside The Valley at the home game against Chesterfield, MATT WRIGHT talks to supporter Will Bollen, who travels hundreds of miles to join the matchday protests, and learns about the pleasures and pitfalls of making your own.


Read the full story here.

Sasa Ilic joins the VOTV line-up for November 

Voice of The Valley unveiled its third issue of the season on Saturday, October 15th, ahead of Charlton's home match with Coventry City.


Among the exclusive features in VOTV130 is the second part of Rick Everitt's revealing history of former chairman Richard Murray 25-year association with the Addicks. And Richard Allen catches up with Sasa Ilic, one of biggest characters from the club's Premier League days, in Montenegro, while Matt Wright has the latest on mystery scout Thomas Driesen.


We've also got some great contributions from Kyle Andrews on refereeing, Paul Breen on the club's diminishing impact on SE7, Roger Carter on what football could learn from Aussie rules, John Ingram on Charlton in the FA Cup and much, much more - including the latest from Airman Brown, Lazy Daisy and all the other usual features.


VOTV130 will be back on sale at The Valley before the Chesterfield match on Saturday, October 29th, or you can order single copies below.


Subscriptions cost £20 in the UK and copies are sent out by first-class post immediately on publication, while it's £27 elsewhere in Europe and £34 elsewhere (see PayPal widget below, which may not be visible on mobile devices). If you prefer not to pay via PayPal, drop us a line at sales@votvonline.com and we will supply details of how to pay by cheque.


Please note that new subscriptions ordered now will start with VOTV131, to be published on Saturday, November 19th.

Voice of The Valley 130 (November 2016)

The November issue is now available to order and copies will be mailed first class from Friday, October 14th. For more than one copy of VOTV130, please use the widget in the left-hand column as postage will not be calculated correctly here.

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The strange and sad demise of Valley Express

The wheels are in danger of coming off Charlton's much-loved matchday coach service, reports RICK EVERITT, who stewarded the first Valley Express coach from Ramsgate railway station back in August 2004.


As the Addicks prepare to travel to Gillingham, whose chairman was once enraged by Charlton's coaches, read the full story here.


Special Battle for The Valley offer to subscribers

If you're one of our 200-plus VOTV subscribers – or become one - you can now order a copy of Rick Everitt's Battle for The Valley for the bargain price of £6 (including P&P to a UK address) below. 


First published in 1991, the book 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.


Remember - this offer is exclusive to current VOTV subscribers and we will verify your details against our database before dispatch. If your're not a current subscriber, you still can order a copy here.


Battle for The Valley - exclusive subscriber offer

If you are a current Voice of The Valley subscriber, you can order copies of Battle for The Valley for just £6 including UK postage and packing (overseas postage rates on application). Maximum of two £6 books per subscriber.

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Now read our Thomas Driesen expose online

Startling new revelations about the role of "network scout" Thomas Driesen formed the focus of the second Voice of The Valley of the 2016/17 season, which hit the streets of SE7 before the home fixture with Wimbledon on September 17th. Matt Wright revealed:


  • Details of which players Driesen has recommended – and those he sent packing,
  • How head coaches have had to send their recruitment targets to Driesen to be vetted,
  • How, despite a much heralded “change in policy” by the regime over the summer, Driesen’s influence at Charlton was evident as recently as August.


Within a week of our exclusive report being published, the previously silent and unacknowledged Driesen had given an explosive interview to the South London Press - effectively debunking chief executive Katrien Meire's attempts to play down his significance. (Part two is here.)


In it, Driesen confirms that he is still fully involved at Charlton under new boss Russell Slade while arguing that unnamed others giving wrong advice have been responsible for some of Roland Duchatelet and Meire's biggest blunders in charge of the Addicks. And he directly contradicts former boss Chris Powell, as well as himself, over the January 2014 signings.


The original Voice of The Valley article is now available here to read online for the first time.


Copies of the 40-page print edition are still available, including part one of Rick Everit's revealing review of Richard Murray's 25-year stint in the Charlton boardroom There's plenty about what had been happening on the pitch, too, with Everitt, Kyle Andrews and Kevin Nolan all having their say about Russell Slade's team's start.


Distinguished regulars Wyn Grant, John Ingram and Simon Matthews are prominent in the starting line-up, while "foreign signing" Roger Carter chips in from Australia. Plus there's the latest instalment of Lazy Daisy, our new cartoon strip.


Meire quits race to join Football League board

Meire (left) with secretary Chris Parkes at Walsall in August - she now wants to join the EFL board

by Rick Everitt


Charlton chief executive Katrien Meire has pulled out of the race to represent League One on the Football League board. Meire went head to head with Walsall chief executive Stefan Gamble last week for a place as one of the two third-tier representatives on the 10-strong board, following the resignation of Millwall chief executive Andy Ambler.


But she pulled out before the votes could be counted, amid speculation that she was unlikely to have secured the support of any other League One club.



Book review: doing justice to Bailey

Read Rick Everitt's review of the autobiography of former Charlton skipper and manager - and England international - Mike Bailey. This article was originally published in the sold-out VOTV124 on December 28th.
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VOTV130 was published on Saturday, October 15th, and is available to order now. There are three pricing options - for UK (first class), European and worldwide delivery. All of them then add UK postage and packing to the price shown, making the total amount correct for your delivery address.

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To order issues 106-123, 125,126, 128 & 129, published between April 2013 and September 2016, please see the back issues page. VOTV124 and VOTV127 are sold out.

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