Down at the Valley

Currently languishing mid-table in League One, Charlton Athletic and its fans don’t have much to shout about at the moment.

The team – despite looking, at one point, like one of the better run clubs in the Championship – were relegated to the third tier a year ago, and their ambitions of returning to the Premier League are now looking increasingly distant.

Followers of Charlton will be well used to life outside the top flight though, having spent most of the post-war era in the second or third divisions. Their most successful spell came in the 90s and early 2000s, when they became an established Premier League side under Alan Curbishley, regularly finishing well clear of the drop zone (and often proving a banana skin for the big boys).

It follows, then, that the majority of our picks for their all-time best XI are relatively recent players – those who have helped write the best chapter in The Valley’s near 100-year history.

To manage this team, Alan Curbishley is certainly the bookies’ favourite, with the out of work Sky Sports pundit available at a cool 3/1.

In all seriousness, Charlton dumping Curbs is always brought up as an example of a club not realising what they had until he left – and with good reason. Almost as soon as they let their manager of 15 years go, the Addicks started sliding down the divisions.

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