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The Alan Curbishley Stand

One of the many things Thomas Sandgaard has done right is doff his cap to the club’s history, and Friday’s annoucement that in August they are to commemorate the 30 years since Alan Curbishley first became manager of the club by renaming the East Stand after him, is a wonderful acknowledgement to one of Charlton’s greats.

For many Addicks’ Curbs gave us the best season’s and days out of our Charlton supporting lives. A journey that began alongside Steve Gritt at Upton Park just missing out on the play-off’s in their first season, and lasted for 14 further seasons, 7 of which were in the Premier League with a highest finish of 7th in 2002/03.

Curbs was also a graceful midfielder signed by Lennie Lawrence and was part of the team that won promotion to the countries top division for the first time in 29 years in 1986. Wasn’t is great by the way having Lennie and Curbs on Valley Pass yesterday?

Talking of Valley Pass, it has kind of reinvented Curbs, giving me a whole new appreciation of him. Not only his obvious love and admiration of the club, but his knowledge as well. It is also testament to Curbs’ stature and managerial ability of how guest players from that era constantly talk about his methods and tactics even now more than 20 years later.

Steve Brown is always using ‘what Curbs would do’ analysis during games. It is quite inspiring and eye-opening, and although the game has moved on so much in those 20 odd years, especially at the top level, it is still a mystery to me why he never worked again after leaving West Ham.

Anyway, a great tribute to a proud man who made us all proud to be part of the club. I can’t wait to sit in his stand one day soon.

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. It is fitting that another brilliant past manger is remembered by highlighting his name in bold letters on the East Stand. Like Jimmy Stead is proudly remembered above the away stand for his managerial achievements Curbs also will have a place in the history of our famous club for all who knew will never forget. We’ll done Thomas Samdgaard for giving us a great to remember.

    April 11, 2021
  2. I apologise for missspelling of Jimmy Seed’s name in my comment. Sorry!!

    April 11, 2021
  3. Ken #

    Not to be forgotten was that Curbs was mentioned as one of the three candidates for the then vacant England job, with Steve McClarren eventually being appointed.

    His spell at West Ham ended acrimoniously with lengthy legal action taking place between the two parties.
    Perhaps this legal action was a hurdle against other clubs stepping in for him.

    April 11, 2021
    • I always thought that was the reason Ken. Most managers get fired, take their cash and keep quiet. Curbs was clearly slighted and won his case, but I think other club chairman would have his actions in the back of their minds when his application was sat in front of them.

      April 11, 2021
  4. Norfolk Red #

    Nice piece CA. Curbs was such a great Charlton Manager and it was a privilege to watch his teams. It is also a brilliant idea to mark Curbs achievements by naming the East Stand after him. TS certainly has the knack for doing the right thing and l still have to pinch myself even now to make sure his takeover of the club isn’t a dream! The standing ovation given to Curbs at the end of his last game was truly moving. To have the opportunity again in front of the fans (hopefully) in August to show our appreciation will be a fantastic way to kick-start the 21/22 season. It would be even better if that were to be in the Championship!

    April 11, 2021
  5. David Evans #

    Alan Curbishley’s analysis on Valley Pass is such great listening to us supporters from our former manager. Wonderful news that the East Stand will now become The Alan Curbishley Stand. Well done to all those who have added their support to this wonderful move. The Valley will look splendid when all the work has finished. Cannot wait to be in attendance again. The push for a play-off place is quite breath-taking. COYR.

    April 11, 2021
  6. Agree with everyone else, Curbs thoroughly deserves it and while Lennie didn’t achieve the same heights, he is still up there with the best managers and gave us fans some great moments, St. Andrews being one.

    Also agree that Curbs on Valley Pass has made us all connect again and that’s mostly down to Thomas, a thoroughly decent bloke, as, Tim Nice But Dim would say.

    April 11, 2021

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