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League One 2017-18: Charlton Athletic

22 June 2017

We continue a new feature taking an in depth look at all the teams in Sky Bet League One for the 2017-18 campaign, looking at Charlton Athletic.

Last season...

Final position: 13th (down 15 places from 2015-16)

Biggest win: 5-1 v Bristol Rovers (22/11/16)

Heaviest defeat: 0-3 v Swindon Town (12/11/16)

League Cup: 1st round

FA Cup: 2nd round

Checkatrade Trophy: Group stage

Manager: Karl Robinson

Following a youth career at Everton and Blackpool, Robinson joined Caernarfon Town in 1999, where he remained for one season. Largely a non-league player, the attacking midfielder featured for sides such as Marine, Bamber Bridge, Oswestry Town and Prescot Cables, amongst others, before hanging up his boots in 2007 following a campaign at Warrington Town.

Robinson managed Milton Keynes Dons for over six years between 2010 and 2016, overseeing almost 350 games in that time before he was dismissed in October. He spent a month out of the game before being offered the job at Charlton Athletic.

TEAMS FROM TO GAMES WON DRAWN LOST
Charlton Athletic 24/11/16 Present 30 8 11 11
Milton Keynes Dons 10/05/10 23/10/16 346 147 81 118

Transfer news...

IN: Billy Clarke (Bradford City, undisclosed), Mark Marshall (Bradford City, free), Tariqe Fosu (Reading, undisclosed)

OUT: None

RELEASED: Adam Chicksen (Bradford City, free), Roger Johnson, Dimitar Mitov (Cambridge United, free), Terrell Thomas (Wigan Athletic, free), Chris Millar

Correct as of June 21, 2017      

PLAYER IN FOCUS    

Billy Clarke

Charlton Athletic confirmed the signing of Billy Clarke from Bradford City for an undisclosed fee on June 8th. 
  
The 29-year-old - who can play in the 'number 10' role and on both flanks - has put pen to paper on a two-year-deal. 
  
He becomes Karl Robinson’s first signing of the summer and the Manager, a long-time admirer of Clarke, is very pleased to have added the experienced Irishman to his squad. 
  
“Billy is someone that I have tried to sign a number of times and I am really excited that he will be joining us,” said Robinson. 
  
“As soon as Billy heard of our interest he was massively keen. We want players that want to play for Charlton Athletic, that can bring energy and that have a great attitude. 
  
“Billy ticks all of those boxes and on top of that he is also very talented. If you look on paper, he is up there with some of the best players in League One. He is very effective - can play in a number of positions - and he is certainly going to bring goals, creativity, energy and an aggressive streak to the team.” 

The Valley

Capacity: 27,111

Distance to GP: 183 miles

The opening of the North Stand in 2002 completely transformed the look of the ground. Both sides of the ground were redeveloped in the mid-1990's and it's an impressive looking stadium for League One football. The stadium is overlooked by a block of flats and in one corner of the stadium there is a large video screen. 

Away fans are housed in the Jimmy Seed Stand at one end of the ground, which is slightly raised above pitch level. There is one solitary supporting column in the entire ground and it is located in this stand, right in the middle, behind the goal.

Outside the ground there is a statue of Charlton's legendary former goalkeeper Sam Bartram.

Head-to-head record...

  Charlton Athletic wins Draw Scunthorpe United wins
League 5 10 5
FA Cup 2 0 0
Total 7 10 5

Charlton Athletic's biggest win: 5-2 (18/04/60)

Scunthorpe United's biggest win: 6-1 (01/09/61)

Memorable encounter...

Charlton Athletic (Bent, 62) 1-1 Scunthorpe United (Iriekpen, 69)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Iron stunned the Valley faithful by taking a point in their first game in the second tier of English football for 43 years.

Charlton, who had been recently relegated from the Premier League, met United with both sides coming into the division from opposite directions and the hosts were large favourites to return instantly to the top flight with the likes of Nicky Weaver, Ben Thatcher, Madjid Bougherra and Marcus Bent among the players in their ranks.

It was the latter of those who broke the deadlock for Charlton just after the hour mark, as the Addicks looked on course for their first three points of the season.

However, central defender Izzy Iriekpen rose highest seven minutes later to bullet a header past Weaver in the Charlton net to restore parity in front of the travelling Scunthorpe contingent and the points were shared on the opening day of the 2007-08 season.

Sky Bet odds...

We've taken a look at the latest Sky Bet odds ahead of the League One campaign to see how the bookmakers think the Addicks will fare in 2017-18.

Correct as of June 12, 2017

Outcome Position Odds
Outright Winner 8th 16/1
Promotion 9th 11/2
Top six 7th 9/4
Relegation 18th 9/2

For this and other odds visit skybet.com/scunthorpe.


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