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VOTV154 calls for Charlton manager Lee Bowyer to be given a new, extended contract as it relives another eventful month of the Addicks' return to Championship action.
The November issue marks the 50th since VOTV returned to print in 2013 and includes contributions from veteran Charlton reporter Kevin Nolan, as well as Matt Wright, Wyn Grant, Paul Breen and John Ingram.
Nolan shares his trepidation about the modern fashion for "building from the back", while Grant remembers forward Dennis Edwards, who died recently.
Ingram turns his attention to Charlton's bogey grounds - on which subject Rick Everitt reads the runes for the Addicks' upcoming trip to Millwall and wonders if 1996 goalscorer Bowyer could prove a lucky charm. He also takes a look at the new autobiography from Steve Stacey, who in 1970 became the first black player to appear for Charlton. Wright turns the spotlight on the current employment of three former Charlton managers - Chris Powell, Steve Gritt and Lennie Lawrence - and well as ex-defender Grant Basey's rise in the ranks to the role of first-team development coach.
It was an exhilarating start to the new season for Charlton and in VOTV153 we're determined to savour every last drop of enjoyment from it.We reflect in detail on the Addicks' unbeaten run, with a special focus on five-goal Lyle Taylor, courtesy of Matt Wright.
Rick Everitt assesses the late signings and zeroes in on all the August action, while Simon Matthews provides his annual round-up of where former Addicks are plying their trade now.
David Gadbury asks what the club's latest recruitment policy means for Charlton's academy and whether an apparent lack of first-team opportunity will become an issue. Wright also looks at the influence of the gambling industry in football, following BETDAQ's donation of Charlton's shirt sponsorship.
Mike Head remembers Paul Miller's significant spell in a Charlton shirt in the late 1980s, while Brian Cowan refreshes his memory of the 1988 Battle of the Bridge, in which Miller played a vital role. John Ingram looks back to 1965/66, when Charlton were represented by no fewer than six different goalkeepers, most notably Charlie Wright, who by coincidence returned to The Valley at the Birmingham City match in September. Addicks fan Simon Crook, meanwhile, has extended his Scottish football adventure with relegated Berwick Rangers into the Lowland League.
Read enough about the Addicks' promotion at Wembley? Bored already by the win at Blackburn? No, we thought not.
VOTV152 looks back extensively at Charltin's big day out in May – and ahead to the new season, with detailed analysis of the permanent signings, the squad and the summer departures, while Matt Wright looks at Lee Bowyer's handling of it all amd Wyn Grant examines Championship finances.
Tasha Everitt discussses the importance of getting to Wembley for the rising generation, while Brian Cowan reports on Sunderland's terrible recent record there. John Ingram writes about the Charlton play-offs that never were and Kevin Nolan remembers the late Betty Hutchins. We also look in detail at the stalled takeover and owner Roland Duchatelet's string of bizarre media appearances over the summer.
VOTV151 pays tribute to boss Lee Bowyer on a highly successful first full season in charge. Rick Everitt looks in detail at Charlton's recently published report and accounts, while Matt Wright focuses on the academy and looks at the validity of statistical claims about its success, noting that just seven Charlton first-team line-ups since 2008 have not included a homegrown talent - all under the current ownership.
With racism at football very much in the headlines recently, Mike Head turns his attention the history and experience of Charlton's black players, while John Ingram travels back in time to 1964 and Brian Cowan just to the opening day of the season. We also bid farewell to the Mercury, after 186 years, and Darryl Chamberlain reports back from Dulwich Hamlet.
Voice of The Valley reached its 150th issue when the March 2019 edition went on sale.
VOTV150 looks back on another astonishing few weeks at Charlton and directly challenges the account of the takeover situation provided by Roland Duchatelet's point man Lieven De Turck at the two recent fans' forums.
Following Scott Parker's temporary appointment in charge at Fulham, Matt Wright has made a detailed analysis of the Charlton players who have gone on to manage; we pay tribute to Naby Sarr following his free-kick goal at Wimbledon; and Wyn Grant finishes his series on football's "barking" owners with a look at potential solutions. Plus more from Brian Cowan, Simon Crook, Dave Hammond, Mike Head and John Ingram in yet another packed edition.
VOTV149, published on February 9th, is packed with the latest action, transfer and takeover developments, as well as an exclusive interview with a former player who has own insight into recent events on the pitch.
We look at Karlan Grant's move to Huddersfield and Lyle Taylor's three-match ban. Matt Wright talks to former defender Osei Sankofa, Wyn Grant continues his series on football's "barking" owners and Dave Hammond remembers some of the lost Football League grounds he visited with the Addicks. Plus Paul Breen on the 2009/10 promotion chase, Brian Cowan on Jonny Williams' Netflix appearances with Sunderland and John Ingram on the travails of finding out the day's other results half a century or more ago. And Simon Matthews takes a statistical look at the competition in League One.
VOTV148 focuses on Charlton's excellent win at League One leaders Portsmouth and looks at the prospects for the rest of the season - including the January transfer window.
There's the second part of Wyn Grant's series of "barking" owners, Doug Chapman visit to a Northern Irish football match and Brian Cowan’s verdict on watching Charlton away via iFollow.
Rick Everitt looks at the scoring prowess of Lyle Taylor and Karlan Grant, and also assesses what’s changed in the year since Roland Duchâtelet was forced to admit the club was for sale. Plus John Ingram recalls the FA Cup third round in seasons past and Airman Brown opens his diary once again.
Addicks owner Roland Duchatelet's recent talkSPORT radio interview with Jim White features prominently.
There's a lot more to the fourth issue of the 2018/19 season, however, incuding coverage of the Addicks' biggest FA Cup win since 1972 and special tribute to Valley favourite Chris Solly.
Wyn Grant kicks off a new series of articles about football’s “barking owners” , while Matt Wright explains why he might not have been welcome at Mansfield Town. Simon Crook explains why he’s currently following Berwick Rangers.
Plus there’s the return of Mike Head, whose previous pieces on Stuart Leary amd Jimmy Gauld were so well received by readers, this time looking at some high-profile signings of the past, and John Ingram remembers the 1976/77 season.
The third Voice of The Valley of the
season went on sale on Saturday, October 20th. VOTV146 features all the latest news and views around the club, including that amazing
8-0 scoreline from Stevenage and the onging staff bonus row, as well as all the usual feature and extensive coverage of the Addicks League One campaign.
Plus we pay tribute to the late Vernon Roper and take a special look at the problems facing homeless Dulwich Hamlet with Addick Darryl Chamberlain.
Paul Breen, Wyn Grant, John Ingram and Matt Wright are all part of the latest line-up, with Grant looking at the way the sacking of Jimmy Seed was spun in 1956 and Wright the post-Charlton career of the 2011/12 League One championship squad.
Former Charlton midfielder Nicky Bailey provides the main feature in VOTV145, as he talks to Matt Wright about his Valley career – and the moment it all went wrong at the end of the 2009/10 season.
Bailey was possibly the most popular player at the club that year and a regular goalscorer, but speaks honestly about his failure from the spot and its aftermath.
We've also got extensive coverage of the staff bonus row and hear at length from former longserving staff member Sue Gallop about the way she was treated and the toxic atmosphere inside the club.
Plus we take a comprehensive look at the dramatic win at Southend United and Lee Bowyer's encouraging batch of loan signings, and also have Simon Matthews' annual Where They Are Now feature about ex-Charlton players, in what is - in our obviously unbiased view - a particularly strong issue. The second Voice of The Valley of the season can still be ordered online for first-class posting out.
The first Voice of The Valley of the new campaign features an update on the takeover saga and the Patrick Bauer contract controversy, as well as reflections on Charlton's diminished squad and long wait to visit the new Wembley. Matt Wright looks at the issue of head injuries in football. Rick Everitt revisits the end of last season. Plus John Ingram on supporting the Addicks while at school in the 1960s and an even earlier trip to The Valley recalled by Wyn Grant.
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With a change of manager since the previous issue and a sharp reversal in form there was no shortage of topics for our regular line-up of contributors to sink their teeth into when VOTV's last issue of the 2017/18 season came around. Matt Wright takes a detailed look at Karl Robinson's 17 momths in charge, while Kyle Andrews and Rick Everitt look at the early transformation under Lee Bowyer, which revived the team's play-off hopes.
Everitt also analyses Charlton's recently published annual accounts for 2016/17, while Wright tells the fascinating story of the club's troubled 1954 tour to South America with the help of original letters home. John Ingram ends the season by looking back at past encounters with Blackburn Rovers, who were the final visitors to The Valley.
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The cover of the penultimate Voice of The Valley of the 2017/18 season was remarkably prescient, given that it was published on March 17th just before what proved to be manager Karl Robinson's last match in charge. It reflected his comments four days earlier, unlike the Valley Review, and also covers what director Richard Murray had said about the takeover situation, as well as why the sale of Charlton had looked to be a done deal earlier that month.
Matt Wright takes on the boo boys who targeted Josh Magennis at Peterborough and, in a not entirely unrelated piece, tackles the use and abuse of the #cafc tag on Twitter. Matt set up @CAFCofficial and sent the club’s first tweet in 2009.
Kyle Andrews reports on the remarkable progress of recent Charlton goalkeepers - including Nick Pope’s World Cup prospects; Wyn Grant writes on football and politics; and Mike Head tells the story of scandalous 1950s Valley striker Jimmy Gauld.
Elsewhere, John Ingram remembers the 1967/68 season, Paul Breen writes on the matchday “customer experience”, Keith Ferris recalls oddities down the years and Rick Everitt discusses contracts, as well as player and ex-player misconduct. Plus all the regular features and news .
Voice of The Valley's 30th anniversary issue was 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.
The January 2018 issue of VOTV includes not one but two major interviews. Former chairman Martin Simons speaks about his time of the board - including some candid remarks about the current regime - while Matt Wright has been talking to former Addicks goalkeeper and now Gibraltar boss Jeff Wood.
On top of that we've got an extended feature on one of the best-loved Charlton players of all time. He's not Father Christmas, but he does have a white beard - yes, it's Derek Hales. Meanwhile, Kyle Andrews surveys the recent disarray on the pitch.
The December issue of Voice of The Valley celebrated 25 years since Charlton's return home with a raft of special features. Valley veterans John Ingram, Kevin Nolan and Rick Everitt share their thoughts to mark the occasion, while former Mercury sports editor Peter Cordwell joins the party too.
Paul Breen looks at the celebrations through the eyes of Addicks who weren't around in 1992 and Matt Wright remembers his unexpectedly large involvement in the tenth anniversary.
Plus we've got all the usual features, focusing on more current events around the club. Kyle Andrews looks at Charlton's defensive solidity after a spell when the Addicks conceded just once in four League One fixtures. Wyn Grant explores the changing nature of the Championship and we look at the Addicks' progress in the FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy.
Wembley play-off final hero Clive Mendonca has a special place in the hearts of Charlton fans - and it's fitting that our tribute to him goes up top in VOTV138.
The third issue of the season was published on Saturday, October 14th, with plenty of coverage of the recent Legends United reunion match at the Valley. With a more contemporary focus, Kyle Andrews writes on Tariqe Fosu's hat-trick at Fleetwood and what it tells us about Charlton's promotion chances.
Elsewhere, Nigel Pamment takes a look at the development of Charlton's young players and Matt Wright goes behind the scenes with the Charlton Live internet radio show, while John Ingram recalls the famous - or infamous 4-4 draw at Burnley in 1976. There's a tribute to former chairman Richard Collins, who sadly died recently, and Paul Breen muses on the unlikely friendships that football fosters and Jonathan Miller gives his view of what it will take to shift owner Roland Duchatelet. Plus all the usual features.
With the team flying high in League One there was an unusually upbeat tone to VOTV137.
Kyle Andrews takes a detailed look at the Addicks sparkling start to the season in an issue packed with strong contributions, including articles from regulars Wyn Grant, John Ingram and Matt Wright.
Rick Everitt has interviewed former 1980s right-back Paul Curtis and we also hear from ex-director and former official supporters' club chair Craig Norris why he won't be getting behind Roland Duchatelet's ownership any time soon. It's an issue that fans for legendary former forward Stuart Leary will definitely enjoy, while Simon Matthews has compiled his annual round-up of where former Addicks are now.
A new season means a new Voice of The Valley and VOTV136 hit the streets before the opening game against Bristol Rovers with new information on the Aussie consortium interested in buying Charlton.
Following the 6-1 demolition of Ipswich in the last pre-season friendly, we ask if things are finally looking up for the Addicks on the pitch, with Kyle Andrews taking an in-depth look at the transfer window.
There's a special focus on player of the year Ricky Holmes, while Rick Everitt has been to see what's been going on at Sparrows Lane over the summer and down to Stonebridge Road to explore why so many former Addicks are now involved at Ebsfleet and whether the National League club poses any serious threat to Charlton. Wyn Grant, Matt Wright, John Ingram and the Lone Gunman are all in our strong starting line-up for the new campaign too.
The eighth and final Voice of The Valley of the 2016/17 season features ex-Charlton manager CHRIS POWELL as guest of honour in its pages, five years after he led the Addicks out of League One. He's been talking to Matt Wright.
In fact, it's a double celebration issue, as John Ingram also looks back at the 1974/75 promotion campaign. Meanwhile, Rick Everitt reports from the Unity Protest in Belgium and Kyle Andrews gives his verdict on Karl Robinson. Plus all the usual features and more in the last VOTV until August.
Charlton's season appeared to come to a premature end at The Valley on Tuesday, February 21st, with the 1-0 defeat by Oxford United (above) putting the League One play-offs beyond reasonable hope for latest boss Karl Robinson. So what next for the Addicks?
The March issue of Voice of The Valley was published before the following Saturday's home defeat by Bury and may contain a few clues. Regardless, we've called in our old pal Kevin Nolan to raise a chuckle or too. They call it gallows humour.
Updated to include the Oxford game, we've got reaction to the five-match winless spell - and the heroic win at Bolton Wanderers on the last Saturday in January - while Kyle Andrews evaluates the club's transfer window signings in the cold light of late February.
Rick Everitt reports on the third instalment of the Getting To Know The Network podcast and pays tribute to late defender David Shipperley, while the Lone Gunman provides a loaded analysis of the use of statistics in the modern game.
We've also got contributions from Matt Wright, Simon Matthews, Brian Cowan and John Ingram, and why some of Charlton's female fans decided to got to WAR ahead of protests against the owner in Sint-Truiden. Plus all the usual features and more.
In VOTV133 former Charlton head of communications Matt Wright looks at new manager Karl Robinson's many public pronouncements and evaluates the rationale, the risks and the benefits - as well as the departure of Morgan Fox.
Kyle Andrews pays tribute to young stars Joe Aribio and Ezri Konsa - and to boss Karl Robinson for playing them. Plus we've got Paul Breen on fellow Irishman Josh Magennis's positive impact on the Addicks, Zaki Dogliani on the sale of Ademola Loookman and other youth products, while the Lone Gunman returns to focus his sights on Charlton chief executive Katrien Meire. John Ingram looks back to 1973/74 – and Wyn Grant even further.
We also pay tribute to former defender Paul Went and, more personally, to supporter Pete Flynn, who passed away before Christmas having been an essential part of the VOTV matchday line-up since 2013 and a loyal mate of the editor for much longer.
The January issue of Voice of The Valley (132) hit the streets Saturday, December 17th, before the SE7 clash with Peterborough United.
Once again it had been a busy period since the last issue, with the appointment of new manager Karl Robinson, the launch of the Getting To Know The Network podcast and, in common with other clubs, some grim revelations about sexual abuse at Charlton in the 1980s.
Our top team of writers has it all covered, and we also look ahead to the January transfer window.
Plus we have a first-hand report on the Belgium 20's latest visit to meet club owner Roland Duchâtelet on his home turf - and all your usual favourites.
The dismissal of manager Charlton manager Russell Slade formed the main focus of the December issue.
Rick Everitt and Kyle Andrews look in detail at the background to the latest boss's departure after just 16 league games. We also report on CARD's successful #TaxiForRoland visit to Belgium and the appearance of Duchatelet's former Sint-Truiden coach Chris O'Loughlin at The Valley. And we look at the extraordinary ways some individual Charlton fans have been treated by the club this season.
Elsewhere in another packed issue, Matt Wright pays tribute to former Charlton midfielder Andy Reid, who has recently retired; Paul Breen looks at Duchatelet's motives from a political perspective; and John Ingram reflects on the phenomenon of groundhopping. Plus much more from Zak Dogliani, Roger Carter, Clive Harris and John Power. Harris updates readers on the story of Charlton's WW1 fallen as the club marks Armed Forces Day.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The April issue of Voice of The Valley saw the fanzine breaking another major story about the running of the club under Roland Duchatelet with the inside story of what really happened when striker Yann Kermorgant left the club two years ago.
Otherwise VOTV126 is once again packed with special features, including Kyle Andrews' tribute to Chris Solly after his 200th appearance for the club, a fascinating interview by Matt Wright with Jimmy Seed's grandson Jim Dutton, who remembers his grandfather in his last years and provides some new insights into his life and career, and John Ingram's memories of a special game from the early 1970s.
We've also got a first-hand report from Belgium as Addicks fans take the protest against the owner to Sint-Truiden, Jonathan Miller on why following the team this season is leaving him confused about his emotions, and our own star player Kevin Nolan reflects on the return of the Valley hero Kermorgant.
Plus all the latest protest reports from closer to home, including Paul Breen on his insightful experience handing out CARD literature at The Valley and Rick Everitt's response to Duchatelet's recent media offensive. All this and Airman Brown too are in the 40-page VOTV126th.
Voice of The Valley's sixth issue of the 2015/16 season is dominated by the continuing unrest at Charlton, which had seen thousands of fans demonstrating in the west stand car park after each of the last two home games, and a clutch of new contributors provide their take on events.
Jonathan Miller tells why his family's long relationship with the club has driven him to support the protests, while Tony Fielding highlights the yawning gap between the regime's rhetoric and its deliver and Steve Loveday looks at the concept of fan engagement.
The 40-page VOTV125 also welcomed two distinguished bloggers to the magazine's pages for the first time, with Chicago Addick writing exclusively on the rise and demise of former interim head coach Karel Fraeye, and Darry Chamberlain of Greenwich-focused 853blog.com paying tribute to the efforts of the local press in recent weeks to cover the disarray at The Valley.
In a fascinating contribution, Charlton historian Clive Harris details the successful hunt for the Addicks' long-missing third victim of the First World War, Herbert "Nobby" Nightingale, while Brian Cowan and John Ingram both return to reflect on more recent past campaigns on the pitch.
Kyle Andrews of Chris Powell's Flat Cap evaluates the January transfwer window activity, including the deadline day signings, Rick Everitt looks at the return of Jose Riga, and we've also got two very powerful articles by former Charlton head of communications Matt Wright that provide a series of startling new revelatiions about what has been going on behind the scenes at the club. And that's all before Airman Brown even opens his diary.
Please note that the January issue, VOTV124, is completely sold out
The December Voice of The Valley was published before the home game against Ipswich Town on November 28th, with a full round-up of all the latest news and views after a turbulent few weeks in SE7.
Matt Wright looks at sacked head coach Guy Luzon's short spell in charge, while Rick Everitt reviews "interim" replacement Karel Fraeye's credentials, including the wins against Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham City. Paul Breen sends belated birthday greetings to club owner Roland Duchatelet and Kyle Andrews looks at the pros and cons of the exposure of so many youth players to Championship action.
VOTV123 also features the second part of Matt Wright's interview with former defender Jonathan Fortune and the conclusion of ex-News Shopper sports editor Paul Green's reflections on 11 years covering the club, plus all your favourite features. And there's a look back to the day the wheels really did come off the road for Charlton with John Ingram's latest retrospective, which focuses on the 1969/70 season.
Former Charlton defender Jonathan Fortune is the star interviewee in VOTV122, which was published on October 20th - just days before head coach Guy Luzon was dismissed following his team's tenth game without a win. The Voice predicts just such a fate for the Israeli as it reflects on the reasons the good start on the pitch has dissipated so rapidly.
Elsewhere, Rick Everitt provides a complete run-down of Charlton's live TV appearances and former News Shopper sports editor Paul Green looks back on 11 years covering the club. Author Paul Breen and resident academic and fan Wyn Grant give their views on recent public pronouncements by chief executive Katrien Meire. Plus John Ingram looks back at the 1968/69 season.
Charlton's flying start to the 2015/16 season gets plenty of attention in the second issue of the new campaign, which was published on September 12th.
It would be fair to say that six-foot-seven Simon Makienok looms large over proceedings, as Kyle Andrews gives his early assesment of the seven summer signings and pays tribute to head coach Guy Luzon's role in the team's fortunes, while Rick Everitt looks at the Addicks' dismal League Cup record.
We welcome Kevin Nolan back to the VOTV line-up, while Wyn Grant, John Ingram and Wendy Perfect also feature, along with Matt Wright, who has news of a fascinating fixture in SE7 that passed completely under the radar. Plus we reveal some of the background to the season-tcket problems, catch up with Paul Walsh and there's a bumper four-page extract from Airman Brown's Diary.
Alan Curbishley speaks exclusively to Voice of The Valley in the Charlton fanzine's frst issue of 2015/16.
The former Addicks boss has commented at length to Rick Everitt about his career since leaving The Valley in 2006, his failure to secure another managerial post since leaving West Ham in September 2008 and what happened to Charlton when he left, including what he now feels about the club, its fans and its future.
We also look in detail at the new season, with Kyle Andrews focusing on the playing prospects following another summer of signifcant changes at The Valley and Jake Bacon singing the praises of Tony Watt.
Simon Matthews has tracked down more than 150 former Charlton players yet to hang up their boots altogether, Matt Wright sees Bradley Wright-Phillips and Lloyd Sam in action in New York, Colin Foakes follows the team to Belgium in pre-season and Wyn Grant looks at the implications for the Addicks of Roland Duchatelet's summer sale of Standard Liege.
Meanwhile, Airman Brown takes his usual look behind the scenes to bring you some of the stories the club hasn't been willing to tell you. That's all in the 40-page VOTV120, which went on sale for the first time before the season opener against QPR, price £2.
You can order a copy here to be dispatched by first-class post, Or, left, secure every edition for the next 12 months by signing up for a subscription. Meanwhile, VOTV121 will be published on Satutrday, September 12th, and copies will be available to order here shortly.
VOTV119 marked the 25th anniversary of the Valley Party local election campaign in 1990 and we look back at one of the most remarkable episodes in the club's history, with special contributions from advertising man Richard Hunt, Hornfair ward candidate Les Turner and a unique insight into events from within Greenwich Council's planning department.
Kyle Andrews reviews the season and asks whether whether it shoud be considered a success or a missed opportunity, plus we look at who might be coming and going over the summer. Matt Wright examines the role of captaincy and wonders who's next for the Charlton armband. Rick Everitt pays tribute to former striker Ray Treacy, who had passed away recently at the age of 68.
Plus there's more from Airman Brown and another of Heather McKinlay's popular reminiscences about a match she didn't manage to attend. Meanwhile, Dave Britton, John Lawson and TV election pundit Wyn Grant tell us why we should be happier with our lot - despite another defeat at Millwall.
VOTV118 hit the streets on Saturday, March 14th, as Charlton took on Blackburn Rovers at The Valley. With five wins in six matches since the last issue - ending a winless sequence of 14 games - there was suddenly a happier mood around the club, and you may not be surprised to learn there's quite a lot in it about Tony Watt . . .
The penultimate issiue of the 2014/15 season also boasts interviews with two former players - striker Svetoslav Todorov and goalkeeper Tony Lange - an in-depth look at the background to owner Roland Duchatelet's plans to redevelop the training ground and news of some interesting discoveries in the recently published annual accounts.
Kyle Andrews reflects on Watt and Chris Powell's return, Rick Everitt looks at the impact of the other recent signings, and there are new articles from Wyn Grant and Steve Dixon as well as all the usual features, including another of Heather McKinlay's popular reminiscences about a memorable game she didn't quite manage to attend.
The March 2015 ssue of Voice of The Valley takes a critical look at five weeks in SE7 that saw a change of head coach, a series of PR blunders by chief executive Katrien Meire and most importantly the extension of the team's winless run to 14 league and cup matches.
VOTV117 features Kyle Andrews writing about the position of Guy Luzon and Wendy Perfect giving her own verdict on Meire, while Steve Dixon and Matt Wright look at the squad and recent transfer policy. There's also an alternative and rather more supportive perspective on Roland Duchatelet's regime from John Lawson.
Elsewhere, Wright looks forward to Chris Powell's return to The Valley, while author Paul Breen remembers one of the former boss's most eventful matches in charge. Plus there's the latest in Heather McKinlay's popular pieces about key games she didn't quite manage to see.
That's all topped off with Airman Brown and the second and final part of the extensive interview with Derek Ufton that began in VOTV116, including some previously unreported anecdotes about his involvement as a director in the efforts to get Charlton back to The Valley.
Former Charlton captain and England international Derek Ufton is at the heart of the 40-page VOTV116, in the first of a two-part feature and provides a fascinating insight into his early experiences with the Addicks in their final First Division years during the 1950s.
Elsewhere, Heather McKinlay and Matt Wright lift the mood around the club at present with some further light-hearted tales of their adventures respectively following and working for the Addicks.
Kyle Andrews looks at the mixed role youth is playing in Charlton's season, while Wright reflects on Michael Morrison's departure and what has happened to some of the stars of the Charlton women's set-up. Plus there's more from Steve Dixon, Wyn Grant and Simon Matthews in an issue with a strong historical theme.
A former Charlton vice-chairman and 50 per cent shareholder in the club ended 23 years of silence with a major interview in VOTV115. Michael Norris quit the board in 1991 and took no part in the celebrations that marked the eventual return home in 1992. Now he is back and gives his side of the story exclusively to Voice of The Valley.
Elsewhere in the December issue, Declan Warrington catches up with our former striker Andy Hunt, now based in Belize, Kyle Andrews reflects on two big reasons for the team's successful start to the 2014/15 campaign and Matt Wright provides an revealing insight into owner Roland Duchatelet's transfer strategy. We reflect on another disappointing derby with Millwall, while Heather McKinlay also returns with another humorous recollection of a significant Charlton match she didn't get to see.
If you want to find out what happened to a Scandinavian former Charlton Premier League striker then look no further than Voice of The Valley 114.
Martin Pringle is man in the spotlight and he spoke exclusively to former Valley Review editor Matt Wright, who also has the inside story on Allan Simonsen's career, which unexpectedly took in a spell at The Valley in the early 1980s.
Pringle knows current striker Igor Vetokele well and shares his insights with the Voice, while Kyle Andrews looks in-depth at the Addicks leading scorer's first few weeks in Charlton colours.
Editor Rick Everitt examines developments on and off the pitch with his characteristic objectivity, as well as interviewing author Paul Breen about his book The Charlton Men, which is also the subject of a full review.
Heather McKinlay looks back at another classic game she didn't see and explains how she ended up dressed as a children's television character instead. Wyn Grant admits to two-timing the Addicks, Kevin Nolan make a polite suggestion to the club and former Mercury sports editor Terry Bushell recalls the famous football fanzine Foul.
And, of course, Airman Brown open his notorious diary once again to leave the club officials scratching their heads again about his sources inside The Valley.
Voice of The Valley returned for the 2014/15 season on August 16th, with a packed issue 113. The regular writers are joined by a clutch of less familiar bylines, including former Charlton director Craig Norris.
There's a detailed look at the changes to the playing squad over the summer, as well as a vigorous defence of skipper Johnnie Jackson's place in the starting line-up by new contributor Kyle Andrews and reflections on Reza Ghoochannejhad's eventful World Cup and subsequent departure from Matt Wright.
Simon Matthews sets out at length why he believes Roland Duchatelet could prove to be the best owner the club has ever had, there's a look at the role of women in football by Wyn Grant and Steve Dixon reveals how the chairman of Grimsby Town once left him red-faced.
Plus there are contributions from Heather McKinlay, Peter Cordwell, The Lone Gunman and, of course, Airman Brown, who once again opens his diary to reveal some of the stories around The Valley the club isn't so keen to share.
The final issue of 2013/14 season looked ahead to the summer and how a more positive future for the club might takes a witty but anxious look at the club's prospects of survival through a cinematic lens.
Football finance analyst and Addicks fan Wyn Grant sets out why he believes new owner Roland Duchâtelet could make a success at The Valley, while fellow supporter Dan Webster explains the reasons he is struggling to accept recent changes.
The Lone Gunman returns from his self-imposed Belgian exile, Airman Brown turns the final pages on his diary for the season - and there's also a special feature on Charlton striker Simon Church that might surprise a few readers.
VOTV111 was dominated by the sacking of Chris Powell, with former Addicks head of communications Matt Wright paying extensive tribute to the manager he worked alongside for three years.
Steve Dixon and Peter Cordwell consider what Powell's departure and the arrival of Jose Riga as head coach might mean for the future of the Addicks.
There are four pages of Airman Brown's Diary, a look at the club's 2014/15 season-ticket prices and Wright also brings his personal experience to bear with a behind-the-scenes account of Alan Pardew's time as Valley boss.
The February 2014 issue is packed with news and views about the Charlton takeover and sale of star striker Yann Kermorgant to Bournemouth.
Steve Dixon provides the inside track on the most controversial transfer since Scott Parker nearly ten years ago, while Wyn Grant looks in depth at the Belgian perspective to the takeover.
Dixon is just one of no less than FOUR former Valley Review editors contributing, with Matt Wright hitting back at former owner Tony Jimenez's Huffington Post blogs and a debut for Gary Haines, who goes behind the scenes with manager Chris Powell.
Editor Rick Everitt provides a personal appreciation of Kermorgant, while Wright has also caught up with former Charlton defender Greg Shields and there are three pages of Airman Brown's Diary.
The December 2013 issue of VOTV takes a long, hard look at the viability of Charllton moving to a new home on the Greenwich peninsula, amid rampant takeover speculation.
Carl Picton - sone of former Greenwich Counil leader Dave - forcefully puts the case for the club to remain at The Valley, while Rick Everitt travels in time and space with Doctor Who in an effort to put the Addicks' world to rights.
Steve Dixon remembers when watching football at Luton required away fans to go undercover, plus all the usual features.
VOTV108 marked the defection of former Valley Review editor Matt Wright to the Voice line-up, meaning the fanzine had three former Charlton programme editors contributing.
This issue features an exclusive interview with former Addicks winger Scott Wagstaff as well as behind the scenes memories of Paolo Di Canio's single season with the club.
There's more on Charltion's finances, an appreciation of Richard Rufus and reflections on the emergence of Jordan Cousins, as well as all the usual features.
Voice of The Valley kicked off the new season on August 10th with one of its strongest-ever issues, including a major expose of plans to sell the club written by Sky News City editor Mark Kleinman.
Editor Rick Everitt analyses the club's commercial performance last season based on the leaked data and also looks at Charlton's ability to meet the Financial Fair Play rules now taking effect.
VOTV107 also features an exclusive major interviews with former Addicks defender Steve Brown, the new manager of Ebbsfleet United, as well as ex Charlton boss Les Reed.
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