Charlton Athletic, in an effort to bring more fans through the turnstiles, are to hold a special ‘Retro Saturday’ that will feature famous faces from the club’s past parading around the pitch at half-time, the team wearing a replica of their 1947 FA Cup-winning strip, and the day coming to a thrilling end with the Addicks being evicted from their Valley home.
Attendees already confirmed for the match against fierce South London rivals Millwall on January 14 2017, include Clive Mendonca, Mike Flanagan and representatives of the late former chairman Michael Gliksten, who will once more take possession of the ground’s main turnstiles and car park, refuse the club access to the site, and thus prevent authorities from authorising further league matches to take place.
Currently, 6,000 tickets – incidentally the capacity of the stadium’s East Stand, which in keeping with the theme of the day shall be shut by the local authorities on safety grounds – have been purchased, with more expected to be sold in the coming days.
Roland Duchâtelet, the club’s controversial owner, told the South London Press: ‘This is just one part of an effort to restore good relations between the board and its customers. It’s an attempt by us to show just how far Charlton Athletic have come since the dark days of the 1980s, and is not the first stage, in any way whatsoever, of us preparing to sell the ground to property developers. Honest’.
No representatives for the Addicks fan base could be found for comment, out of fear that any notions of negativity towards the club’s Belgian owners would see them lose their season tickets.
Charlton kicked off their EFL League One campaign with a 2-0 defeat at Bury, and continue to search for a first win of the season when they welcome Northampton Town to South London.