Information for fans heading to The Valley tomorrow afternoon...
What is the ground like?
The opening of the North Stand in 2002 completely transformed the look of the ground. What was a single tiered separate stand is now a large two tiered affair, extending and completely enclosing the North East & North West corners. In total it houses 9,000 fans.
Both sides were also redeveloped in the mid 1990's and anyone who saw the derelict Valley some years back, now wouldn't believe their eyes. The West Stand on one side is a good sized two tiered stand, whilst opposite is the smaller single tiered East Stand, where the vast open terrace, reputedly the country's biggest, was located until demolished in the 1990's.
Away fans are housed in the Jimmy Seed (South) Stand at one end of the ground, which is slightly raised above pitch level, making for a generally good view. Up to 3,000 away fans can be accommodated in this end.
Tomorrow, over 2,300 Blues fans will be housed in this stand, cheering the team on.
The Antigallican, a big pub near Charlton station, seems to be the favourite haunt of away supporters. However, it can get very busy and drinking is not permitted outside. It is a rather basic pub but has real ale available (albeit a lone handpump) and also offers a selection of filled rolls and pork pies.
The 'Rose of Denmark' on Woolwich Road is another option that Blues fans can choose.
The ground is a short walk from Charlton Railway Station and tomorrow services will run from Cannon Street station.
(via football ground guide)