League One Lowdown: Charlton Athletic

Vital Statistics

Founded: 1905

Chairman: Richard Murray

Last Season: League One - 13th

Nickname: The Addicks

Rivals: Crystal Palace, Millwall

Major Honours

FA Cup: 1947

Scheduled Matches

Portsmouth vs Charlton: Saturday, April 21st (3pm)

Charlton vs Portsmouth: Saturday, December 9th (3pm)

Charlton Athletic: A brief history

Formed by a group of teenagers in 1905, Charlton became a professional club in 1920 and their most successful period came before and after World War II under Jimmy Seed's management, where they finished as runners-up of Division One and won their only piece of silverware in the F.A. Cup in 1947.

Seed was forced to resign by the board in the 1950's and that triggered a period of wilderness for the Addicks, who had to leave the Valley and groundshare at Selhurst Park in 1984 due to safety concerns. They returned in 1992 and Alan Curbishley was appointed as sole manager in 1995. He delivered promotion to the Premier League twice and estalbished Charlton as a respected top flight club during his reign.

Curbishley departed in 2006 and Charlton were promptly relegated to the Championship. and were relegated again in 2009 to League One. Chris Powell took the club straight back to the second tier and the club was then bought by Belgian businessman Roland Duchatelet. This turned out to be a disaster for Londoners as managerial upheaval saw the club relegated back to League One again in 2016, with fans protesting about the club's ownership.

The Manager: Karl Robinson

The 36-year-old played all of his career at various non-league clubs but made a name for himself when he became the youngest manager in the Football League when he took charge of MK Dons at the age of 29.

Robinson guided MK Dons to promotion to the Championship in 2014 having suffered a couple of play-off defeats before then but couldn't keep his team up and they were relegated after just one season in the second tier.

A poor start to the following season in League One saw Robinson relieved of his duties at Milton Keynes and he was subsequently appointed as Charlton manager last season, where he will be expected to deliver promotion once again.

The Ground: The Valley (Capacity: 27,100 - Away: 3,000)

It has been so long since I visited The Valley that I've lost the pictures! Ground review to come but it's certainly one of the best away days League One has to offer.