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Up close and personal: Charlton Athletic

16 June 2019

In the build-up to fixture release day we are taking a look at each of the Sky Bet Championship newcomers. Next up, promoted Charlton Athletic.

Nickname: The Addicks

Stadium: The Valley (27,111)

Manager: Lee Bowyer

Recent history

Charlton enjoyed seven seasons in the Premier League after the turn of the millennium until their relegation in 2007. A mid-table finish followed before they went down to League One the next season. It would take the Addicks three seasons to return to the second tier, but they did so in style, winning the league in the 2011/12 season.

They remained in the Championship for four seasons, claiming two mid-table finishes and an 18th-place spot before being demoted to League One. Again, they spent three seasons in League One but managed to gain promotion via the play-offs at the end of last season.

Current squad

Karlan Grant had fired in 14 for the Addicks before leaving for Huddersfield Town in January, but Charlton’s Player of the Year, Lyle Taylor, stepped up to the mark to net 25 times over the course of the season.

They had the second-best defence in League One last season with Patrick Bauer, Kristin Bielik and Mouhamadou-Naby Sarr forming a strong partnership. Jonny Williams joined Charlton for the last six months of the season following his release from Crystal Palace.

Previous meetings

The last time Albion played the Addicks was in 2008, with the two sides facing each other four times over the course of the 2007/08 season.

The first meeting saw Roman Bednar and Kevin Phillips net, along with a double from Zoltan Gera, to seal a 4-2 home win for the Baggies. 

The sides then met in two FA Cup games which ended in draws before Albion eventually prevailed on penalties. The final fixture between the two teams was a 1-1 draw at The Valley.

A 4-1 victory at The Valley in 2005, thanks to Rob Earnshaw's hat-trick and a Geoff Horsfield goal, helped lift the Baggies before their famous final-day survival against Portsmouth two months later.

Head to head

  Albion Draws Charlton
League 17 14 17
FA Cup 2 4 3
League Cup 1 0 1
Total 20 18 21

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