Saturday, October 15, 1977

Charlton Athletic FC

Charlton Athletic 4 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Football League Division Two


Within the London Borough of Greenwich, Charlton is an area in south-east London located between Greenwich and Woolwich. The core of the area is The Village, which is on a hillside overlooking the River Thames. Suburban sprawl has led to the name being applied to a large area reaching down to the south bank of the river, roughly where the Thames Barrier crosses the river, although the barrier itself is located at Woolwich Reach. At one time, Charlton enjoyed a somewhat sordid reputation. In the 1720s, it was described by Daniel Defoe:


"Charleton, a village famous, or rather infamous for the yearly collected rabble of mad-people, at Horn-Fair; the rudeness of which I cannot but think, is such as ought to be suppressed, and indeed in a civiliz'd well govern'd nation, it may well be said to be unsufferable. The mob indeed at that time take all kinds of liberties, and the women are especially impudent for that day; as if it was a day that justify'd the giving themselves a loose to all manner of indecency and immodesty, without any reproach, or without suffering the censure which such behaviour would deserve at another time." However, this is no longer the case and individuals such as Rodger MacPherson and Paul Hannick have improved the image tremendously (Are you sure? - Ed)



Spurs had already suffered a defeat a week or so earlier at Hull City but had bounced back with a resounding home victory against Oldham Athletic. However any misguided belief that a return to the top flight was going to be a formality, was soon dispelled at The Valley.


We had travelled to Charlton Station via London Bridge and from there it is only a few hundred yards to the stadium. We took our place on the terracing which held a good mixture of home, away and a not so good sprinkling of Millwall fans that afternoon.


The 30,706 crowd were treated to an exciting match, Spurs were playing OK but were upstaged by a fighting Charlton performance, highlighted by a hat-trick from former Tottenham man Mike Flanagan. Peter Taylor's goal was a mere consolation for the thousands of Spurs fans crossing the Thames.

The very match from 1977







Attendance: 30,706
Programme: 50p

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Subsequent visits to The Valley

13 September 1982 - Charlton Athletic Reserves 2 Tottenham Hotspur Reserves 2 - Football Combination - Attendance: tbc
23 May 1983 - Charlton Athletic 4 Tottenham Hotspur 4 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
23 January 1985 - Charlton Athletic 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2 - FA Cup, 3rd Round Replay - Attendance: 21406
10 August 1996 - Charlton Athletic 1 Tottenham Hotspur 3 - Friendly - Attendance: 10655
20 April 1999 - Charlton Athletic 1 Tottenham Hotspur 4 - Premier League - Attendance: 20043
16 September 2000 - Charlton Athletic 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - Premier League - Attendance: 20043
07 February 2001 - Charlton Athletic 2 Tottenham Hotspur 4 - FA Cup, 4th Round - Attendance: 18101
08 December 2001 - Charlton Athletic 3 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Premier League - Attendance: 25125
27 August 2002 - Charlton Athletic 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Premier League - Attendance: 26461
11 February 2004 - Charlton Athletic 2 Tottenham Hotspur 4 - Premier League - Attendance: 26660
16 March 2005 - Charlton Athletic 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - Premier League - Attendance: 26870
01 October 2005 - Charlton Athletic 2 Tottenham Hotspur 3 - Premier League - Attendance: 27111
07 May 2007 - Charlton Athletic 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2 - Premier League - Attendance: 26339
16 February 2012 - Chalton Athletic U18 1 Tottenham Hotspur U18 0 - FA Youth Cup, 5th Round - Attendance: 1371
03 January 2015 - Charlton Athletic 1 Blackburn Rovers 2 - FA Cup, 3rd Round - Attendance: 8727


 

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