Charlton Athletic Football Club is an English football club based in the Charlton in the London Borough of Greenwich. They currently feature in the Football League Championship.
Charlton Athletic were formed on June 9.1905 by a group of mid-teens. A number of youth clubs in the South East London area merged together to form the club.
Initially Charlton Athletic played in the local leagues and entered the Football League in England in 1921. The club’s first Football League match was against Exeter City in August 1921 and in 1926 finished bottom of the Football League. In 1929 they won the Division Three championships and returned to the First Division in 1936.
In 1937 Charlton were runners-up in the First Division title race, finished fourth in 1938 and third in 1939. They reached the final of the FA Cup in 1946. However from the 1950s to early 1970s Charlton were mainly plying their trade in the Second Division. Then they faced relegation to the Third Division.
In 1984 the club was ruined financially and Charlton went to administration, getting reformed as Charlton Athletic (1984) Ltd. They gained promotion to the first division at the end of the 1985-1986 season.
Charlton improved dramatically in the 1990s under manager Alan Curbishley and featured in the Premiership between 2000 and 2007.
Charlton Athletic play their home matches at The Valley where they have played since 1919. The club bears the nickname the Addicks.
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