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2019/20 Sky Bet Championship Guide Charlton Athletic

Play-Off champions back in the second tier

2 June 2019

Charlton Athletic 2018/19

League position: 3rd (promoted via Play-Offs)

Average league attendance: 11,827

Top league goalscorer: Lyle Taylor (21)

Charlton had a season to remember on the pitch, despite a troubled year off it. Protests and walkouts, combined with success and victory mean Athletic look set for an interesting summer.

Winning nine of their final 11 games set Charlton apart from the competiton. While giants like Sunderland failed to click into gear in the final months, The Addicks were flying. 

The Play-Offs weren't smooth sailing either, with Doncaster beaten on penalties at The Valley. The Final itself saw the team come from behind after a bizarre own goal in the opening minutes. Ben Purrington levelled and then Patrik Bauer netted a last-second winner. Charlton are back in the Championship after only three years away.

The Ground

The Valley, Floyd Rd, Charlton, SE7 8BL

Directions

Miles from Griffin Park: 16.1

Capacity: 27,111

Head Coach

Lee Bowyer

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Bowyer is a former professional footballer who made over 600 appearances in English football. Born in Canning Town, London, he joined Charlton as a schoolboy. He went on to play for teams including Leeds United, West Ham and Newcastle. He was also capped by England in 2002 under Sven Goran Eriksson, playing against Portugal in his only appearance.

At his peak, he played a key role in Leeds' Champions League campaign in 2001, scoring goals against AC Milan, Barcelona and Anderlecht. At his worst, he was involved in a fight with Magpies teammate Kieron Dyer on the pitch against Aston Villa in 2005.

Spells at Birmingham City lead to a final bow at Ipswich Town, where he retired in 2012. Three years later, Bowyer was back coaching at Watford before joining the youth setup at Charlton. In 2017, he was named Assistant Manager under Karl Robinson, eventually going on to take the top job in March 2018.

Star Player

Lyle Taylor

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The striker enjoyed a hugely impressive debut season at The Valley since arriving from AFC Wimbledon last June, netting 25 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions. 

Taylor was recently presented with the team's Player of the Year trophy with 52% of supporters votes, Naby Sarr coming in second place and Josh Cullen in third. 

Last Meeting

2016: Brentford 1-2 Charlton Athletic

Head to Head

Brentford wins: 17

Draws: 8

Charlton wins: 25

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