All-Time Premier League Record
|Played||Won||Drew||Lost||Scored||Conceded||Goal Difference||Points||No of Seasons|
Most Premier League Appearances
Most Premier League Goals
Biggest Premier League Victories
|Charlton Athletic 5-0 Southampton||22nd August 1998||1998-1999|
|Charlton Athletic 4-0 Manchester City||19th August 2000||2000-2001|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-4 Charlton Athletic||23rd August 2003||2003-2004|
|Charlton Athletic 4-0 Norwich City||13th November 2004||2004-2005|
|Charlton Athletic 4-0 West Ham United||24th February 2007||2006-2007|
|Manchester City 1-4 Charlton Athletic||30th December 2000||2000-2001|
|Everton 0-3 Charlton Athletic||29th December 2001||2001-2002|
|Charlton Athletic 3-0 Aston Villa||22nd February 2003||2002-2003|
|Charlton Athletic 3-0 Aston Villa||25th August 2004||2004-2005|
|Middlesbrough 0-3 Charlton Athletic||28th August 2005||2005-2006|
Worst Premier League Defeats
|Charlton Athletic 1-6 Leeds United||5th April 2003||2002-2003|
|West Ham United 5-0 Charlton Athletic||26th December 2000||2000-2001|
|Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Charlton Athletic||9th December 2006||2006-2007|
|Charlton Athletic 0-4 Liverpool FC||19th May 2001||2000-2001|
|Manchester City 4-0 Charlton Athletic||28th August 2004||2004-2005|
|Arsenal 4-0 Charlton Athletic||2nd October 2004||2004-2005|
|Charlton Athletic 0-4 Chelsea||27th November 2004||2004-2005|
|Charlton Athletic 0-4 Manchester United||1st May 2005||2004-2005|
|Manchester United 4-0 Charlton Athletic||7th May 2006||2005-2006|
|Arsenal 4-0 Charlton Athletic||1st January 2007||2006-2007|
|Manager||No of Seasons managed||Left the Club|
|Alan Curbishley||7||8th May 2006|
|Iain Dowie||1||13th November 2006|
|Les Reed||1||23rd December 2006|
|Alan Pardew||1||22nd November 2008|
Highest Home Attendances
|Charlton Athletic 0-4 Chelsea||27th November 2004||34,585||2004-2005|
|Charlton Athletic 0-2 Chelsea||17th September 2005||27,111||2005-2006|
|Charlton Athletic 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur||1st October 2005||27,111||2005-2006|
|Charlton Athletic 0-1 Arsenal||26th December 2005||27,111||2005-2006|
|Charlton Athletic 2-0 Liverpool FC||8th February 2006||27,111||2005-2006|
|Charlton Athletic 0-3 Liverpool FC||16th December 2006||27,111||2005-2006|
|Charlton Athletic 0-1 Chelsea||3rd February 2007||27,111||2005-2006|
|Charlton Athletic 4-0 West Ham United||24th February 2007||27,111||2005-2006|
|Charlton Athletic 1-1 Sheffield United||21st April 2007||27,111||2005-2006|
|Charlton Athletic 4-0 Norwich City||13th November 2004||27,057||2004-2005|
Charlton Athletic reached the Premier League in 1998. They went down in their first season at this level but became stronger for the experience. After an instant promotion in 2000, Charlton spent the next seven years punching above their weight, finishing 7th in 2004. Alan Curbishley stabilised the club into a genuine force until his departure at the end of the 2005-2006 season. Three managers followed in 2006-2007 which ended in relegation and the Addicks look some way away now from re-integrating themselves into the elite.
Charlton’s maiden Premier League adventure started brilliantly. Alan Curbishley was Manager of the Month for August and the team kept three clean sheets in their opening three games. This saw them draw 0-0 at Newcastle United and Arsenal, as well as thrash Southampton 5-0 which still remains their biggest-ever Premier League victory.
A run of eight successive defeats in the winter months saw the Addicks drop into the bottom three and they rarely escaped that area in the table afterwards. They never gave up and recorded a tremendous 4-3 away victory on the penultimate weekend of the season at Villa Park. However, a final day home loss to Sheffield Wednesday ensured an instant relegation back to Division One.
After the hard lessons of their first Premier League season, Charlton improved greatly on their Premier League return, finishing with 52 points and achieving an excellent finish of 9th in the final standings. The Addicks also scored the Goal of the Season courtesy of Shaun Bartlett’s stunning volley in the 2-0 home win over Leicester City in April. Among the other season highlights were a New Years’ Day victory over Arsenal and a storming comeback from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Manchester United. However, they did leak 57 goals which was the worst defensive record outside of the bottom five teams.
Curbishley’s 11th season at the helm saw Charlton slip five positions from their previous season finish but it could have been very different. The club were in the race for the UEFA Cup positions and a Chris Powell winner away at Tottenham Hotspur in March took them into the dizzy heights of seventh position. However, they failed to win any of their last eight games to see them end 14th. Club-record signing Jason Euell quickly repaid the faith shown in him, top scoring with 11 goals whilst they were one of only three sides to defeat champions Arsenal, stunning the Gunners 4-2 at Highbury in November.
Charlton made a slow start to their 2002-2003 campaign and were bottom of the table in mid-October. A Jason Euell header to beat high-flying Middlesbrough started a rapid turn of fortunes for the playing squad and an undefeated February took them into the top six. It also saw Curbishley win a Manager of the Month award. Unfortunately for the second season running, the Addicks form declined in the closing months. Just one victory from the start of March onwards saw them finish 12th. Euell was top scorer again whilst Scott Parker’s excellent performances in midfield saw him nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year.
2003-2004 would be Charlton’s best-ever Premier League campaign. Despite winning just one of their first six matches, Curbishley’s side took full advantage of stumbling campaigns from Liverpool FC and Newcastle United. They sat in fourth position in early November and a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough in March saw them reclaim that spot, which would have taken them into the UEFA Champions League. Once again, the season petered out with just two wins in their last 10 games but Charlton still finished in a Premier League high of 7th. Parker was sold to Chelsea for £10 million in the January transfer window, whilst Dean Kiely’s excellent showings in-goal saw him sweep the club’s Player of the Year awards.
Although they lost Claus Jensen to Fulham and Paolo di Canio to Lazio in the summer, Alan Curbishley strengthened his squad with the arrivals of Bryan Hughes, Francis Jeffers and Danny Murphy. There were some hefty early season losses though, with the Londoners losing 4-1 at Bolton Wanderers and suffering four-goal losses to Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea. A 2-0 victory over European rivals Tottenham Hotspur in March guided Charlton into seventh spot before their traditional end-of-season loss of form. There were no wins in their last 10 outings and therefore, an 11th place finish was slightly disappointing for the supporters after the pre-season expectations.
Charlton made a sensational start to their 2005-2006 campaign with Murphy winning praise for his displays in midfield. They won their first five away games which was a new club-record and the goals of Darren Bent helped plug an issue from the previous campaign. Bent scored 18 times to end as the top scoring Englishman, although it wasn’t enough to get him into England’s World Cup squad.
Charlton sat fifth at the end of October but seven defeats from their next nine games ended any European qualification dreams before the New Year. Murphy was sold to Tottenham Hotspur in January and sensing the club was stagnating, Curbishley announced he was leaving at the end of the season moments before they kicked off their final home match of the season against Blackburn Rovers. Charlton finished a lacklustre 13th as they said a fond farewell to the man who had guided them through a largely successful 15 seasons at the helm.
Curbishley’s replacement would be the former Crystal Palace boss Iain Dowie but his reign didn’t last long. Charlton won just two of their opening 12 fixtures and he was dismissed with the club in the relegation zone. First-team coach Les Reed stepped into the breach, but also proved unsuitable for the job and he was sacked following a 2-0 loss to Middlesbrough just before Christmas.
Former player Alan Pardew returned to become the club’s third different manager of the season and although there was an improvement in results and performances, the damage had already been done. In their last home match of the season, goals from Dimitar Berbatov and ex-Charlton youth player Jermain Defoe earned Tottenham Hotspur a 2-0 victory and consigned Charlton to the Championship. They haven’t come close to returning to the top-flight since.