The future of Charlton manager Nigel Adkins (pictured) is being drawn into question after the Addicks slumped to their fifth defeat in seven League One matches at Wycombe Wanderers, leaving them one place off the bottom of the table - the club's worst position in living memory.
Sam Lavelle scored with a 92nd-minute header but that could not mask an awful performance by the visitors and Adkins, only appointed in March, was jeered from the pitch by a large number of travelling fans.
Charlton's season may have got off to a slow start – and that's being generous – but the mood lifted considerably with a flurry of late signings (including Elliot Lee, pictured) and a first win, over Crewe Alexandra at the end of August.
VOTV169 reflects both aspects of the opening month and went on sale for the home game with Cheltenham Town on Saturday, September 11th. It's also available to order now for immediate mail-out and will be back on sale at The Valley before the Portsmouth and Bolton Wanderers home games on the 25th and 28th.
The September issue has a major focus on the new signings, including the late additions, plus extensive coverage and reflections on the matches so far. But as usual, it's packed with other features too.
Simon Matthews returns with his annual Where They Are Now feature, looking at the current location of former Charlton players, as well as reviewing owner Thomas Sandgaard's Addicks To Victory track.
Matt Wright writes on the importance of traditions at The Valley (and no, that piece is not all about the Red, Red Robin!), Steve Dixon on the day he came face to face with his personal heroes, Martin Cowan on the first away day in 17 months and Brian Cowan about his Charlton memories.
Plus we've got Brian Stater on Sam Bartram, Richard Hunt on football governance reform and John Ingram on the Addicks' 1979/80 dance with death. Wright also looks at the prospects for the women's team in the context of growing media and public interest in female spectator sport. There's quite a tasty diary column from Airman Brown, too, if we say so ourselves.
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The Addicks marked the centenary of their election to the Football League this summer. WYN GRANT told the story of Charlton's fight for a place among the elite in VOTV168 and his account is now available to read online here.
Voice of The Valley returned to Floyd Road on Saturday, August 7th – after an absence of 17 months when we had only been able to sell
Once again, we have held our cover price at just £2. As well as cash sales, we're now offering contactless purchase by Ransom Walk (at the junction of Floyd Road and Harvey Gardens).
The first issue of 2021/22 included a full season preview and a detailed look at developments at the club over the summer. Plus we've got Wyn Grant on Charlton's election to the Football League 100 years ago, Brian Cowan on the Addicks on The Big Match Revisited and Martin Cowan on new season optimism, while Matt Wright remembers the Bulletin and John Ingram provides a timely review of Charlton songs.
We also welcome former Mercury and SLP sports reporter Brian Stater to the Voice with reflections on a moment in time at The Valley, while Wright and Steve Dixon bring different perspectives on England's Euro 2020 experience.
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.
This £6 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.
VOTV169, the second issue of the 2021/22 season, was published on September 11th (see front of website). There are three pricing options - for UK (first class), European and worldwide delivery.
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