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Championship Preview: Charlton Athletic

3 July 2015

Charlton Athetic are next on the agenda for Preston North End’s Championship preview.




Matt Jackson also enjoyed small stints at both Clubs whilst Harry Hirst made just two appearances for both sides early in the 20th Century.      

The most recent player to have played for both is Kevin Nicholls who had spells at both clubs at the start and end of his career.

Played For Both

Now at a modest 27,000, The Valley will be one of four trips North End will make to the capital this season.

At one time, the ground was the largest ground in Europe with a capacity of up to 75,000.

Situated in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, The Valley has been the home of the Addicks for 110 years.

The Stadium

Grezza stepped up, and in typical Grezza fashion he swung the ball deep into the corner and in the back of the net to send the home crowd wild, to give Preston a share of the spoils on the final day.

In the 90th minute, PNE were awarded a free-kick, and there was only one man who was going to take it, in his final moments as a footballer.

However, Preston had other ideas – Nicky Hunt cutting the deficit with a cracking volley from outside the box just before the hour mark setting the scene for Graham Alexander to fittingly bring down the curtain on his 22-year career.

And they looked odds on to achieving that after taking the lead 2-0 at the break – firstly through Danny Haynes with on-loan Dany N’Guessan doubling the advantage with the Addicks looking to end their promotion season on a high note.

Already promoted Charlton visited Deepdale on the final day of the 2011/12 season looking to reach the 100 point mark.

Not even Walt Disney could write what happened the last time these sides met.

: 24 Charlton
: 14 Draw
: 32 Preston

Head to Head

Both fixtures between these sides will kick-off in mid-week with North End making the trip to the capital on Tuesday 20th October, whilst the Addicks will arrive at Deepdale on Tuesday 23rd February.

Having said that, many Addicks fans will be disappointed with the mid-table finish after the strong start to the season they made, with the Club unbeaten in the first 11 games of the campaign. 

Despite the manager changes in-between, Charlton just about finished in the top-half of the Championship last season finishing in 12th position.

The latest in the managerial hot-seat is Guy Luzon who came into the job in January of this year after Belgian Bob Peeters left the club.

It’s been almost 10 years since Charlton were last in the Premier League - since then, they’ve suffered relegation, enjoyed promotion and undergone six managers.

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