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Charlton Athletic vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 8th September 2018, k.o. 3pm
Referee: Graham Salisbury
It was April 2012 when these two sides last met, on a day that clinched the League 1 title for the Addicks and nudged the Chairboys closer to the relegation trapdoor. On Saturday they meet again in the third tier, with Gareth Ainsworth's men looking to extend the five-game unbeaten run they've put together in league and cup.
There's been impressive progress from the Blues since they succumbed to defeat to Bristol Rovers last month, and the positives from league meetings with Plymouth, Bradford and Charlton far outweigh any negatives which occurred along the way. Adapting to the higher level is one thing, but achieving consistency in performance and results is another.
Their next challenge sees them face a Charlton side who've made a modest start to the season, made more admirable by off-field turbulence which has often stolen attention away from matters on the pitch, where Lee Bowyer has guided the Addicks to two wins, two draws and two losses from their first six games.
Bowyer was finally appointed manager on a permanent basis on Thursday following a long stint as caretaker, and goes head-to-head with the country's second longest-serving boss whose sixth anniversary in charge is just over a fortnight away.
Scott Kashket came through a full 90 minutes on Tuesday for the first time in almost two years so could force his way into the side, while Adam El-Abd, Nathan Tyson and Darius Charles have continued their progress in their recoveries from injury.
It's international weekend which means the Addicks are without loan pair Jamie Ward and Josh Cullen, while livewise striker Tariqe Fosu is suspended, but defender Patrick Bauer could return after injury.
Man in the Middle
Graham Salisbury has shown 19 yellow and two red cards in his six games in charge so far this season.
His last involvement in a Wycombe fixture was the 4-2 home loss to Notts County last season.
Wycombe will be in their regular light and dark blue quarters.
On-the-day prices are as follows.
Over 65: £20
Under 21: £20
Student (with valid student ID): £15
Under 18: £13
Under 11: £8
Tickets can be purchased and collected from Charlton's stadium from 1.30pm on Saturday.
By Adrian Wood
POST CODE: SE7 8BL
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards London and the anti-clockwise M25. Leave at J2 and follow the A2 towards London. After around 12 miles the road splits with the A2 going off to the left and the right-hand lanes becoming the A102. Proceed on the A102 towards the Blackwall Tunnel. Leave the A102 at the next slip road (sign posted Woolwich & Ferry A206). At the bottom of the slip road turn right at the traffic lights towards Woolwich/Charlton. Proceed along the A206 passing the Antigallican pub on your right (the ground and away entrance are diagonally behind this pub). For the main club entrance and car park go straight over the next roundabout, passing a retail park on the left. At the next roundabout, go right around it turning back on yourself along the A206. Then take the first left into Charlton Road. Cross over the railway and after passing the Royal Oak pub on the right, turn right into Harvey Gardens. The ground is on the left.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 84 (approx. journey time 1 hours 40 mins)
Recommended area for car parking
Parking at the ground is for permit holders only. There is street parking, but due to a local residents parking scheme, not in close vicinity to the ground or to Charlton railway station. As you come off the A2 onto the A206, there is some street parking to be had on your right, in a couple of streets, before you reach the Rose of Denmark pub.
Using the train?
There are very regular services from London Bridge, Charing Cross and St Pancras International. The Valley is a very short walk from Charlton station – exit into Charlton Church Lane (all exits lead onto this road), turn right and cross over to the other side. Take the next left into Floyd Road and then right into Valley Grove for the away section entrance.
Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 27,111 (all seated). Away fans are housed in the Jimmy Seed (South) Stand at one end of the ground, which is slightly raised above pitch level, making for a good view. The height between rows is good and the stand quite steep, keeping you fairly close to the playing action. There are refreshment areas on either side of the stand. There is a decent fish and chip shop at the top of Floyd Road, which you pass on the way to the away fans entrance.
Spare time on your hands?
One option is the “Rose of Denmark” on Woolwich Road. Apparently, the pub has a photo display on the wall of fans from visiting clubs that have visited previously. I have read this is a “home supporters only” pub after the game. To find these pubs come out of Charlton station and turn left into Charlton Church Lane. The Antigallican pub is down on the right-hand corner. If you continue down to the T-junction with the Woolwich Road and turn left you will find the Rose of Denmark further down on the left. Alternatively, alcohol is available in the away end.
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