Former Charlton captain, Kent wicket-keeper and long-serving Addicks director Derek Ufton (left) has sadly died in his sleep at the age of 92.
Voice of The Valley editor Rick Everitt pays an initial tribute to a club legend - who became a friend and was a keen reader of the magazine in the final years of his life - including excerpts from the major interview with Ufton which was published in VOTV116 and 117.
New Addicks boss Nigel Adkins (right) inevitably makes the front page of new VOTV166, which was published on Saturday, March 27th.
Rick Everitt looks in detail at his arrival at The Valley and what his past performance tells us about what Charlton fans might expect. Plus there's an detailed evaluation of Lee Bowyer's near three-year spell as manager.
Elsewhere in VOTV166, Matt Wright challenges some of the enduring myths surrounding the Addicks' past – a surprising number of which seem to involve Crystal Palace – and former Charlton director David White takes issue with our campaign for a stand to be named after ex-boss Alan Curbishley. And there's more from regular correspondents Martin Cowan, Wyn Grant and John Lawson, while John Ingram has gone back in time to clamber aboard a Lewis's away coach one more time in his dreams (or nightmares!).
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Lee Bowyer will be fondly remembered as Charlton manager despite resigning to take up an expected appointment at Birmingham City, reckons Rick Everitt.
Although owner Thomas Sandgaard says the three-year boss was under no pressure from him, poor performances and results in recent months mean that few fans are likely to be upset by his departure.
Voice of The Valley returned on Saturday, February 20th, with its sixth issue of the 2020/21 campaign and a new initiative, triggered by former chief executive Peter Varney, writing in its pages. We're calling for Alan Curbishley to finally be recognised with the naming of a stand at The Valley. You can read more about this here - the petition to show owner Thomas Sandgaard the strength of support has now passed the 2,400 mark.
Varney's comments come off the back of the former manager's return to prominence on Valley Pass Live, the club's online matchday coverage package, which also forms the basis of a piece by Matt Wright looking at the real Alan Curbishley who was often hidden behind the manager's mask during his 15 years in charge of Charlton.
We've got a treat in store for readers with a major new interview with popular former Charlton striker Garry Nelson, who also talks about Curbishley over an eight-page feature, among many other things. That's Nelson (above) in 1994 at the FA Cup fifth-round game with Bristol City (picture Steve Bridge). As recent Valley Pass viewers will know, he doesn't look much different now (well, minus the wig!).
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Long-serving Charlton club photographer and Voice of The Valley contributor Tom Morris (left) is the subject of a major tribute in the first issue of 2021.The 76-year-old died suddenly after Christmas. His pictures had featured extensively in VOTV going back to 1988.
VOTV164 also takes a close look at the Addicks' recent indifferent spell, including extensive coverage of the extraordinary 4-4 draw with Rochdale on January 12th and a special focus on Lee Bowyer's future, as well as examining the travails of striker Omar Bogle by Martin Cowan.
There is high praise for the new matchday Valley Pass Live service from editor Rick Everitt, as well as reflections on players taking the knee from regular contributor Paul Breen. Plus Andy Lopata discusses the issue of mental health in football, including what happened to former Charlton striker Leon McKenzie when he needed support back in 2010.
Matt Wright has followed up his VOTV163 piece about Charlton's record signings down the years with an equally enlightening narrative about the club's record sales, while Wyn Grant reflects on Sam Bartram and stalwart John Ingram names his ten favourite Charlton matches - and best-ever XI.
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Addicks owner Thomas Sandgaard is the headline act in VOTV163. We pulled out all the stops to bring you the most in-depth interview with the main man since his takeover took place in September, running to 3,000 words.
The Addicks' progress on the pitch had begun to stutter in recent weeks, but the temporary return of fans to matches gave us plenty more to reflect on. We also pay tribute to former striker Matt Tees, who has died aged 81.
VOTV163 includes all your favourite features, with coverage of the recent action, Airman Brown’s ever-popular diary, Matt Wright on Charlton’s record signings and much more.
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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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