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NEW SEASON, NEW TEAM | Charlton Athletic

29 June 2016

We take a look at our new opponents for 2016/17.

Who are this lot then?

Charlton Athletic are a team looking to return to former glories after relegation to Sky Bet League One last season.

The Addicks return to the third tier after a five-year stay in the Sky Bet Championship, and will be looking to make an immediate return there after recruiting well over the summer.

How did they get on last season?

A 0-0 draw at Bolton Wanderers in mid-April condemned Charlton to relegation.

The Addicks’ stay in the Championship came to an end after they failed to beat the already relegated Trotters at the Macron Stadium, ensuring the pair would meet again this season in Sky Bet League One.

A run of three wins and just one defeat in March and early April showed a brief possibility of a great escape, but back-to-back defeats to Queen Park Rangers and Derby County appeared to all but put the nail in the coffin for Charlton.

After Guy Luzon and Karel Fraeye both had unsuccessful spells in charge of the club, Jose Riga returned for a second time in January, but he could not stop the Addicks dropping down a division and left the club at the end of the season.

Who’s the Boss?

Russell Slade was appointed as Charlton's new Manager on a three-year deal at the beginning of June.

Slade comes to the Valley having previously been in charge of Championship side Cardiff City who he led to an eighth place finish in 2015/16.

Slade’s managerial career has spanned over 20 years and has seen him take charge of almost 800 matches in professional football.

What happened last time?

A Stunning effort from Charlton’s Thierry Racon's was enough to send Charlton through to the Southern Section semi-final of the EFL Trophy when these two sides last met at Roots Hall in November 2010.

A powerful 25-yard strike found the top corner, flying past Rhys Evans in the Blues' goal to give the Addicks a 1-0 victory.

What’s the ground like?

Away fans are placed in the Jimmy Seed Stand at the south end of the Valley Stadium - The home of Charlton Athletic. The stand houses up to 3,000 specatators.

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