A statement linking a court order over the ownership of East Street Investments to a letter demanding Charlton owner Thomas Sandgaard ends his involvement with the Addicks might appear to mark a return to the nonsense that has plagued the club throughout 2020. In practice, however, such a threat is likely to be empty, suggests RICK EVERITT.
The focus is finally back on football in new VOTV162 after Lee Bowyer's reshaped squad clocked up six consecutive League One victories - and nine hours without conceding a goal - between October and November.
We take a detailed look at all Charlton's new signings and cover the seven matches since the last issue, including the 3-2 midweek win over Fleetwood Town, while Simon Matthews files his annual report on where the Addicks' former players are now.
Paul Breen muses on how the recent trauma at Charlton reflects a wider malaise, Wyn Grant looks at the recent the Premier League power grab, John Ingram shares his fond memories of King Arthur Horsfield and Matt Wright reflects on Charlton's Chelsea connection as well the surprising rise of former Addicks in the media.
VOTV162 is still available to order as a single issue below. Subscriptions will now start with VOTV163, due to be published on December 12th - see the left-hand column or email sales@votvonline for more information on the latter.
Charlton's third takeover announcement of 2020 is finally one that Voice of The Valley can give its full-throated support - and the second issue of the campaign, published on October 3rd, is in predictably euphoric mood.
Editor Rick Everitt looks in depth at how it happened, how the news was broken, and reports in detail from the courts, as the rival group fronted by Paul Elliott tried in vain to stop outgoing owner Tahnoon Nimer's representatives putting the club beyond their reach.
Rick also pays tribute to former VIP director Steve Clarke, who has died at the age of 65. Ahead of Macauley Bonne's move to QPR on October 2nd, Matt Wright focuses on some of the players who left over the shortest-ever close season, and one who hasn't left yet, while Wyn Grant looks beneath the League One salary cap and Darryl Chamberlain explains why we can now put to bed fears the club will ever move to the Greenwich Peninsula.
We also welcome back Steve Dixon, who explans why he harbours a grudge against Luton Town, and regular columnist John Ingram has an unusual experience at Lewisham market, alongside all the usual features.
VOTV161 can be purchased as an individual copy (below). New subscriptions oredred now will start with the next issue, VOTV162, due out on November 7th, unless requested by email to email@example.com. Currently this website is the only way to purchase VOTV.
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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VOTV162, the third issue of the 2020/21 season, is now available. There are three pricing options - for UK (first class), European and worldwide delivery.
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