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The Clubs: Charlton Athletic

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
304 93 82 129 342 442 -100 361 8


Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Chris Powell 187
Luke Young 187
Radostin Kishishev 178
Dean Kiely 177
Jonatan Johansson 147
Jason Euell 139
Paul Konchesky 138
Hermann Hreidarsson 132
Matt Holland 126
Shaun Bartlett 123


Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Jason Euell 34
Darren Bent 31
Jonatan Johansson 27
Shaun Bartlett 24
Claus Jensen 16
Graham Stuart 14
Kevin Lisbie 14
Matt Holland 11
Andy Hunt 10
Clive Mendonca 8


Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
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

Match Date Season
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

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
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.


Iconic Moments: Beach ball Bent (October 2009)

In October 2009, Liverpool FC travelled to Sunderland, keen to recover from back-to-back losses in the UEFA Champions League and Premier League against Fiorentina and Chelsea respectively. Sunderland were playing well at home, having won three of their four home games so far and coming within an inch of a shock win at Old Trafford a fortnight earlier.

They got an unexpected helping hand in this match as early as the fifth minute. The ball reached Darren Bent who decided to try his luck in the early exchanges with the main aim of warming up Pepe Reina’s palms. His connection with the football was not great but it was enough to defeat Reina via a deflection. However, it didn’t come off the nearest defender, Glen Johnson. Instead, it had been deflected into the net off a beach ball!

Despite protestations from Liverpool players, referee Mike Jones allowed the goal to stand following some consultation with his officials. Sunderland would win 1-0 and climbed into seventh place in the table, above their unfortunate opponents.

Later, the culprit was identified as 16-year-old Liverpool supporter Callum Campbell who had thrown the beach ball onto the pitch in the moments before the teams came out. It was an unfortunate incident and goes down as one of the freakiest goals in Premier League history.

Premier League Files: Darren Bent

Premier League Career: Ipswich Town (2001-2002), Charlton Athletic (2005-2007), Tottenham Hotspur (2007-2009), Sunderland (2009-2011), Aston Villa (2011-2013, 2014), Fulham (2013-2014)

In February 2018, Darren Bent will turn 34. His experience will come in handy for his current club, Derby County in the second half of the SkyBet Championship season as they look to try and end their Premier League exile.

Bent has already played for six sides in the Premier League and his form at a number of these teams earned him England recognition on 12 occasions, scoring four times for the Three Lions. When he was in peak form, there were few better strikers in the land than Darren Bent.

After considering a possible career in athletics, Darren decided to go down the football route and began at Ipswich Town, joining their youth system at the age of 14. In 2001, he made his Premier League debut for The Tractor Boys in a 2-1 home defeat to Bolton Wanderers. Just 17 at the time, Bent got a brief taste of Premier League life before Ipswich’s 2002 relegation, appearing seven times and even scoring a winning goal against Middlesbrough in April.

His exceptional development continued at Ipswich, improving his goalscoring tallies with every passing season. Their failure to escape the First Division though led to him seeking his future away from Suffolk and it was Charlton Athletic who signed him in the summer of 2005, paying £2.5 million for his services. Bent took to his new surroundings like a duck to water. He scored in his first four appearances as Charlton beat Sunderland, Wigan Athletic, Middlesbrough and Birmingham City to sit joint-top in the table. His excellent beginning also won him the Premier League Player of the Month award for August 2005. Charlton’s form dipped dramatically afterwards and they finished only 13th but Bent’s didn’t. He was the highest English scorer in the division with 18 goals and was only outscored by Thierry Henry and Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2005-2006. He was desperately unlucky to miss out on England’s 2006 World Cup squad, with Sven-Goran Eriksson bizarrely picking the untried Theo Walcott instead.

He added another 13 goals in 2006-2007 but Alan Curbishley had gone as manager and three managers that season said it all about how life went at The Valley after his departure. The Addicks were relegated at the end of the season. Charlton knew they had to sell Bent following their Premier League demise. West Ham United had a bid accepted but the move was turned down by the player. Instead, he moved to Tottenham Hotspur for £16.5 million.

Whilst his Charlton stint on a personal basis was a qualified success, life proved much tougher in the capital. He only managed eight goals in his first full season at White Hart Lane and was an unused substitute in the 2008 League Cup final win over Chelsea. With Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe also available on the striking roster, Bent found it difficult to establish himself. When they all left, Bent became the main forward for the 2008-2009 campaign and was their top scorer in the Premier League with 12 goals in 33 matches. However, Harry Redknapp was not a fan of the player when he succeeded Juande Ramos.

In a game at home to Portsmouth in January 2009 and with the score at 1-1, Bent put a header wide of the post when he really should have scored. Redknapp said afterwards: “You will never get a better chance to win a match than that. My missus could have scored that one.” 

Feeling unloved at Tottenham, Darren moved to Sunderland in August 2010 for £16.5 million despite some frustrating delays in the negotiations between the clubs. 2009-2010 would be his best campaign. Bent’s goals were valuable to keeping the Wearsiders away from the relegation battle. In a struggling side, he scored 24 times, incredibly 50% of their Premier League total for the season. Among the highlights were a hat-trick against Bolton Wanderers, a winning goal at home to Liverpool FC which struck a beach ball on its way in and two goals in a home victory against former club Tottenham Hotspur in April.

He scored another eight times in the first 20 matches of the 2010-2011 season, including a double at Anfield to earn a point and a stoppage-time penalty to beat Manchester City. However, he surprisingly left the club in January 2011 after submitting a transfer request to force a move through to Aston Villa. Villa paid Sunderland £18 million, potentially rising to £24 million with add-ons to secure the services of the player. He made a brilliant start to his Villa career, scoring a second winner for the season against Manchester City and two goals in a 2-1 away success at Arsenal in May. Despite only joining the Villans in January, he ended as the club’s joint-top scorer with Ashley Young on nine goals apiece.

In 2011-2012, he became the 21st player in Premier League history to reach the milestone of 100 goals in the competition after scoring an equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Queens Park Rangers in February. Three weeks later, he ruptured ankle ligaments at Wigan Athletic which ended his campaign and lost him a decent opportunity of making the EURO 2012 England squad. Nevertheless, he still finished as Aston Villa’s top goalscorer with 10 goals.

Christian Benteke’s arrival in the summer of 2012 pushed Bent down the pecking order at Villa Park, as new manager Paul Lambert preferred a partnership of Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor in attack. Despite being named the club’s interim vice-captain, he only featured 16 times and moved to Fulham on-loan for the 2013-2014 campaign. He scored a late winner against Stoke in October 2013 and also struck a late equaliser to earn a creditable point at Old Trafford in February 2014. However, his spell at Fulham was disappointing as they were relegated to the Championship. He returned to Aston Villa that summer and sporadically featured seven further times before dropping down to the second tier, first for a brief loan spell with Brighton & Hove Albion and then joining Derby County permanently in the summer of 2015.

Bent has scored 22 league goals for The Rams but a torn hamstring in pre-season has meant he hasn’t figured yet this season for Gary Rowett’s side. He will be hoping to make a contribution to their promotion push in the second half of the campaign.

A sharp shooter and combative player to face upto, Darren Bent has made a career out of scoring goals and he has done it very well throughout his time in the Premier League.

Referees in the Middle: Mike Jones

Premier League Career: 2008-PRESENT

First Premier League Match: Hull City 0-5 Wigan Athletic (30 August 2008)

Mike Jones is approaching the landmark of 200 games refereed in the Premier League. He is one of the more modern refs, having only begun his referee career two decades ago. The 49-year-old from Cheshire’s first match in the Football League was a Division Two clash between Mansfield Town and Hull City in August 1997.

After 11 seasons in the Football League, Jones was promoted to the Select Group of Referees in 2008, allowing him the opportunity to take control of Premier League matches. His first match in the top-flight was Wigan Athletic’s resounding 5-0 victory away at Hull City in August 2008. That still remains Wigan’s biggest Premier League victory.

Big finals haven’t come the way of Mike Jones yet. His most high-profile appointment was the 2007 League Two play-off final, sending off Marc Tierney of Shrewsbury Town in their 3-1 loss to Bristol Rovers. Tierney became the second player to be sent off at the new Wembley after its significant redevelopment.

Some like the way he attempts to allow games to flow. Others don’t. Former top-flight referee Keith Hackett was especially critical in 2016, saying in an article for the Daily Telegraph: “Too soft and inconsistent to be a referee at this level.”

The most embarrassing moment of Mike’s Premier League career came in October 2009 when he was involved in one of the most bizarre goals in Premier League history. Sunderland were playing Liverpool FC and took the lead early on at the Stadium of Light, courtesy of a goal from Darren Bent. Replays showed Bent’s shot took a deflection off a beach ball that had been thrown onto the pitch by visiting supporters before kick-off! The goal was allowed to stand and Sunderland won the match 1-0. Jones was demoted for a week from Premier League duty and the beach ball eventually ended up being an exhibit at the National Football Museum in Manchester.

However, he is still going strong and I would expect him to be part of the Premier League refereeing fraternity for some time to come.

Memorable Matches: Charlton Athletic 2-2 Fulham (December 2006)

Goalscorers: Brian McBride 13, Darren Ambrose 19, Darren Bent 45, Franck Queudrue 90


Charlton Athletic: Scott Carson, Djimi Traore, Talal El Karkouri, Hermann Hreidarsson, Osei Sankofa, Radostin Kishishev, Matt Holland, Darren Ambrose (Bryan Hughes 74), Jerome Thomas (Dennis Rommedahl 45), Darren Bent, Marcus Bent (Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 82)

Fulham: Antti Niemi, Franck Queudrue, Carlos Bocanegra, Philippe Christanval, Liam Rosenior, Moritz Volz (Claus Jensen 74), Michael Brown, Wayne Routledge, Tomasz Radzinski, Brian McBride, Heidar Helguson (Collins John 65)

Referee: Graham Poll, Attendance: 25,203

Charlton Athletic were experiencing a very difficult 2006. Long-time manager Alan Curbishley had elected to step aside at the end of the previous season and they were finding life after him incredibly tough. The Addicks were now onto their fourth manager of the calendar year.

Former player Alan Pardew was appointed to try and revive their fortunes. He replaced Les Reed days before Christmas. His appointment came just over a fortnight after his sacking by West Ham United. Pardew’s first match in charge of Charlton was a London derby against Fulham, who notoriously struggled away from home. Chris Coleman’s side had won just one game on the road all season.

It was the visitors’ who started the brighter and they took the lead after 13 minutes. Central defender Carlos Bocanegra was given plenty of space in the penalty area by the Charlton defenders. The American met Franck Queudrue’s free-kick and smashed a header against the crossbar via help from Scott Carson’s fingertips. Unfortunately for the home side, Brian McBride was the quickest to react and finished expertly to give Fulham the early advantage.

Pardew would have wanted a response and he got it. Just six minutes later, Charlton were back on level terms. Jerome Thomas tried his luck but miscued a volley which Antti Niemi made a meal of. Darren Ambrose pounced to equalise. His shot went in off the post.

Charlton went onto dominate the rest of the first half and took the lead right on the stroke of half-time. Carson’s long goal-kick was not dealt with by two Fulham defenders. This allowed the always alert Darren Bent to bear down on goal and finish calmly past Niemi.

The home side continued to show more attacking intent after the interval. Pardew brought on the pacey Dennis Rommedahl for Thomas and he was a constant menace throughout the second half. Niemi was forced into action when the Dane tried to score from a very acute angle.

It looked like Charlton were closing in on only a third Premier League win of the season but an appalling decision would deny Pardew a winning start. Tomasz Radzinski and Djimi Traore had a battle on the touchline and the ball went off Radzinski. However, the linesman gave Fulham a free-kick rather than Charlton a throw-in. From the set-piece, the Addicks’ failed to deal with Michael Brown’s ball into the box and Franck Queudrue smashed home a fortuitous equaliser. Charlton had been denied what would have been a deserved victory.

The result kept them seven points adrift of safety and ultimately, Pardew had too much to do. They were relegated in early May and haven’t returned to the Premier League since. Fulham only survived on the penultimate weekend with Lawrie Sanchez seeing them over the finish line after Coleman was sacked in April 2007.