A statement from the chairman
On behalf of everyone at Charlton Athletic, I would like to apologise to all those affected by the late postponement of today’s home match against Barnsley.
We are very conscious of the inconvenience and expense incurred by supporters of both teams, as well as their disappointment at the game not going ahead, in addition to the issues caused to the players and officials of our visitors.
Charlton supporters will be aware of the ongoing and deep-seated problems with the Valley pitch, which we are now seeking to address.
In particular, the new board sanctioned considerable expenditure on a dome to cover the pitch this week and the ground staff worked tirelessly to get the game on.
Despite this, the referee decided shortly after 1pm that the pitch was unplayable and we then took every step available to us to communicate the message to supporters as soon as possible.
Questions have been asked as to why the match was not postponed earlier, as there had been no rain during the morning.
Rather than rush to judgement, the board has decided to hold a full investigation into the circumstances of the postponement on Monday, talking to all relevant employees individually, to consider what, if anything, could have been done better.
I can assure everyone that we will take all appropriate action to address any issues that emerge, and most importantly to ensure we provide the best possible service to our supporters, many of whom we recognise feel badly let down tonight.
All tickets, including Valley Express, will be valid for the match when it is rearranged or will be refunded on request. Hospitality customers will be contacted individually.
We will also be contacting Barnsley Football Club on Monday to discuss ways in which we can compensate their supporters who had a wasted journey.
We are all very disappointed that the first home match under the new regime has resulted in this unhappy situation, but you can rest assured that we will do everything we can to put things right.
Editor's note: Sadly, this is not what Charlton put out. It is what I think they could and should have said. You can read the club's actual statement here.
You can also read the views of many other Charlton fans here.
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