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This is Voice of The Valley online, the long-overdue web presence of the much-loved Charlton Athletic fanzine originally published and sold over 104 issues from 1988-2001 before returning to print in February 2013.
VOTV famously took a leading role in the campaign to return the Addicks to their historic home at The Valley. That mission was finally accomplished in 1992, but it continued to campaign to re-establish the club over the years that followed.
It was also a celebration of the SE London club and its community of supporters, stretching out across Kent, reflecting many different viewpoints, and challenging the management and owners to make improvements.
Above all, the Voice was dedicated to the success of Charlton Athletic - and is no different in its second incarnation from 2013-22 as Airman Brown once again opened his diary to public inspection.
About the editor
Voice of The Valley is edited and published by Rick Everitt, who was Charlton reporter and later sports editor of the Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham Mercury newspaper for nine years, before joining the club staff as communications manager in 1998.
Rick was one of the main organisers of the Valley Party in the 1990 local elections and subsequently served as secretary of the official supporters' club from 1991-98.
He is the author of Battle for The Valley (1991 and 2014), co-author of Keith Peacock's autobiography No Substitute (2004) and editor of Colin Cameron's Home & Away with Charlton Athletic 1920-2004.
He was also heavily involved in the production of Cameron's The Valiant 500 (1991), Chick Fowles' Welling to Wembley (1998) and Charlie Connelly's Many Miles . . . (2001).
Rick worked for Charlton for more than 14 years, including five as editor of the Valley Review. Most recently he was head of club development, leading the Target 40,000 committee and introducing initiatives like Football for a Fiver and Valley Express.
He was previously a Bexley councillor for East Wickham ward 2002-06 and the Labour parliamentary candidate for Old Bexley and Sidcup (2010), then an elected member of both Thanet District Council and Ramsgate Town Council, representing Eastcliff ward, and also TDC's cabinet member for finance and estates from 2011-15. In 2019 he returned to TDC as a councillor for Newington ward and was elected leader of the 20-strong Labour group.
From October 2019 to April 2021 he served as leader of the council. He was re-elected in 2023 and currently heads a majority Labour administration.