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A mild evening in Woolwich

32 years ago tonight there was a warm and expectant air circulating around the Woolwich Town Hall. Spring was around the corner and hundreds of Addicks including my brother and I were stood outside on the steps on Wellington Street pre-mobile phones and texting waiting on word of what was developing in the chamber inside.

700 Addicks were packed inside Woolwich Town Hall on the floor and in the balconies when eventually Roger Alwen stood up and announced:

“To Charlton supporters everywhere, we are going home.”

The cheering inside sparked echoes of joy outside as word finally got round that we were going back to The Valley.

We’ve missed going to The Valley during the last year, and it does us all, young and old, to remember occasionally what a fight it was to get us back there.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. David Evans #

    What a wonderful article – I was 39 years old on that day getting quite drunk on hearing the wonderful news of the club returning to its sacred home. COYR.

    March 23, 2021
  2. fatbloke60 #

    I was 44years old and about to go into my 2nd marriage,but I said to the new women that I could not be there to help discuss the wedding,I HAD to be in WOOLWICH that day, IT was that important,as a CAFC supporter,the return to the valley was excellent news,and your article sums up the pride we had in going home

    March 24, 2021
  3. LP #

    We were inside CA. Back row downstairs. Still makes me cry.

    March 25, 2021
  4. An emotional night, 32 years ago, a night that absolutely saved our football club.

    March 25, 2021

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