All the information Rovers fans need to know before ahead of your trip to the Capital.
Venue: The Valley
Address: The Valley, Floyd Road, Charlton, SE7 8BL
Main Telephone Number: 020 8333 4000
Official Website: www.cafc.co.uk
Date: Tuesday 26th November 2013, K.O. 7:45pm
Sat Nav Postcode: SE7 8BL
The Valley was originally opened in 1919, although the construction of a new North Stand in 2002 completely changed the look of the ground.
The North Stand was transformed from a traditional single-tiered stand to a two-tiered affair, with the North East and North West corners also connected to house additional supporters. Both the East and West Stands were completely rebuilt in the 1990’s. The East Stand reportedly used to play host to the largest open terrace, but this was demolished and replaced with a single-tiered stand. This stand has a television gantry suspended from its roof and also houses a row of executive boxes. Opposite in the West Stand, an impressive looking two-tiered stand has been constructed. With the construction of three new stands, the South Stand is beginning to look out of place with its surroundings. However, the stand is still a large one. A large television screen can also be found at The Valley, housed between the South and East Stands. The club have recently secured permission from Greenwich Council to increase the capacity of The Valley. As of yet however, no timescales have been placed on this development.
Away fans are allocated the Jimmy Seed (South) Stand, which can house up to 3,000. The stand is elevated slightly above pitch level, offering a good view of the action. The stand is also quite steep, keeping supporters close to the playing action. However, some supporters not that the one supporting pillar in the stand is inconveniently place, and can at times restrict view.
Where to Drink
The 'Rose of Denmark' on Woolwich Road. The pub not only allows in away supporters but absolutely welcomes them. They have a photo display on the wall of fans from visiting clubs that have frequented the pub this season and it also has SKY television'. They also serve Fullers London Pride. Please note that this is a home supporter’s only pub after the game. To find these pubs come out of Charlton station and turn left into Charlton Church Lane. If you continue down to the T-junction with the Woolwich Road and turn left you will reach the Rose of Denmark further down on the left.
There is also the Charlton Liberal Club, to which away fans are welcome on payment of an entry fee of £1. This is more spacious, less busy, has a large screen television and families are welcome. The club can be found by turning right out of Charlton station and walking 300 yards up the hill on the left hand side of the road, past the row of shops. The club is a five minute walk from the away end, but like the Rose Of Denmark, it becomes a home supporters only venue after the game.
Travelling by Car
Leave the M25 at Junction 2 and follow the A2 towards London. After around 12 miles the road splits with the A2 going off to the left and the right hand lanes becoming the A102. Proceed on the A102 towards the Blackwall Tunnel. Leave the A102 at the next slip road (sign posted Woolwich & Ferry A206). At the bottom of the slip road turn right at the traffic lights towards Woolwich/Charlton. Proceed along the A206 passing the 'The Antigallican pub on your right (the ground and away entrance are diagonally behind this pub). For the main club entrance and car park go straight over the next roundabout, passing a retail park on the left. At the next roundabout, go right around it turning back on yourself along the A206. Then take the first left into Charlton Road (beware that there is a seven feet width restriction along this road). Cross over the railway and after passing the Royal Oak pub on the right, turn right into Harvey Gardens. The ground is down on the left.
Parking at the ground is for permit holders only. There is street parking, but due to a local residents parking scheme, not in close vicinity to the ground or Charlton railway station. However as you come off the A2 onto the A206, there is some street parking to be had on your right, in a couple of streets, before you reach the Rose of Denmark pub.
Travelling by Train/Tube
The ground is a short walk from Charlton Railway Station, which is served by trains from Charing Cross, London Bridge and Waterloo East stations.
Come out Charlton station into Charlton Church lane (all exits lead onto this road).and turn right and cross over to the other side. Take the next left into Floyd Road and then right into Valley Grove for the away section entrance. Although Charlton station is very close to the Valley, many people will find it easier to take the (far more reliable) London Underground. Using the Jubilee Line to get to North Greenwich station and then take a short ride on buses 161, 472 or 486 to get to the ground'.
Last Visit: (Excluding the 3-1 abandoned game)
The last time Rovers travelled to Charlton Athletic was on 3rd March 2009, in a Championship encounter. Rovers took the lead through James Coppinger on 50 minutes, before Nicky Bailey levelled after 73 minutes. However, only five minutes later Brian Stock converted a penalty to ensure the three points were heading back to Doncaster.