Exclusive John Robinson interview in VOTV141

VOTV141 - February 2018

Voice of The Valley's 30th anniversary issue came out on Saturday, February 3rd, and is available to order below.


It's a landmark edition, marking three decades since VOTV1 first went on sale at Selhurst Park, Sportspages bookshop in Central London and en route to an away game at Nottingham Forest. Naturally, we lined up some special content to mark the occasion.


We're delighted to have a great new intervew with Valley legend John Robinson to help us celebrate, courtesy of US-based VOTV veteran Doug Chapman. And speaking of celebrations, we couldn't let ex-chief executive Katrien Meire go without saying goodbye.


There's a VOTV retrospective, Kyle Andrews looks at the team's promotion prospects, Matt Wright examines the January transfer window and the club's recent injury crisis, while John Ingram tackles the topic of late rallies. Plus there's the return of former Valiants Viewpoint columnist Darren Risby.


Anything else happening lately you think we should mention? Oh, yeah, we've got that covered too...


VOTV141 will be on sale again before the home match with Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, February 24th


Individual copies VOTV141 are available to order online for first-class mailing below, while you can also order a subscription to start with VOTV142, covering eight copies over the next 12 momths. The subscription widget below may not be visible on mobile devices and requires a PayPal account. If you prefer to pay by online banking or cheque, please email sales@votvonline.com and we'll explain how to do it. VOTV142 will be published on March 17th.

Voice of The Valley 141 (February 2018)

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Varney "not involved" in Charlton takeover bid

Varney pictured earlier this season at Ebbsfleet

Former Charlton chief executive Peter Varney has confirmed that he is not involved in any current bid to buy Charlton - but scotched any suggestion his shock departure from National League Ebbsfleet United was due to health reasons or retirement plans.


Varney, who leaves after Saturday's FA Trophy clash with Warrington Town, says he intends to carry on working - and that the decision to quit the north Kent club was entirely his.


Read the full story here

Scot Muir in takeover talk has Charlton history

McLeish (glasses) with Muir (blue scarf) at The Valley

One of the former Rangers' duo spotted by Voice of The Valley in the directors' box at Saturday's match against Oldham Athletic has closer links to Charlton than previously reported, we exclusively reveal today. RICK EVERITT also names for the first time the identity of the party that undertook due diligence on the club in the autumn. Read more here.

Early death of ex-Charlton director Craig Norris

Former Charlton director Craig Norris, who served on the club board between 1995-97 as the elected fans' representative, has died at the age of 57.


Norris was a former chair of Charlton Athletic Supporters' Club and co-author of the Target 10,000 strategy paper to rebuild the club's support in 1994. He also served on the Target 40,000 committee a decade later.


Read more on this sad news.

Exit Meire in a hurry, but is Duchatelet to follow?

Katrien Meire has resigned after four years as chief executive of Charlton, it was announced on Thursday (December 28th) – just 24 hours before her last working day.


An official club statement quoted owner Roland Duchatelet saying: "We will now be reviewing our management structure. Katrien will leave at the end of this month but we’re not looking to directly replace her as we’re currently in talks with various interested parties regarding a potential takeover of the club."


Duchatelet later sent a text message to talkSPORT host Jim White, which elaborated: "Since it is now likely that the club will change ownership and unlikely that a new owner would keep the CEO, it is appropriate to allow her to pursue her career elsewhere."


Meire did not attend Charlton's two Christmas fixtures and seems unlikely to be seen in public at The Valley again. Notably, however, neither official communication explicitly claimed that she had quit because of the prospect of a takeover, although fans may have been intended to infer that. It was subsequently confirmed on January 1st that she had taken over as chief executive of Sheffield Wednesday.

December 5th, 1992 - the pre-match celebrations

To mark the 25th anniversary of Charlton's return to The Valley, on December 5th, 1992, VOTV brings you this previously unseen amateur video of the preamble to the first match back. It was shot by Keith, who worked in the ticket office, from the Jimmy Seed Stand, and has been converted from an old VHS recording. 

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.


Battle for The Valley - special offer

Battle for The Valley is now available for the reduced price of £9 including postage and packing (UK addresses only) – or if you are a current Voice of The Valley subscriber, you pay just £6 (overseas postage rates on application).

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VOTV141 was published on Saturday, February 3rd, 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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