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In focus: Charlton Athletic

5 July 2016

Club News

In focus: Charlton Athletic

5 July 2016

Ahead of the 2016/17 Sky Bet League One campaign, takes a look at the teams MK Dons will face next season.

Next up is Charlton Athletic, who MK Dons faced last season in the Sky Bet Championship.

Founded: 1905
Nickname: Addicks
Mascot: Sir Valiant and Robyn
Stadium: The Valley (capacity 27,111)
Home colours: Red shirts, white shorts, red socks

Twitter: @CAFCofficial
Facebook: Charlton Athletic FC

Charlton appointed Russell Slade as manager in June 2016, following the departure of Jose Riga at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

Slade, a former PE Teacher who began his managerial career with Midland Alliance side Armitage, was in charge of Cardiff City last season and guided them to an eighth place finish in the Championship.

During his career, he has managed the likes of Grimsby Town, Yeovil Town, Brighton & Hove Albion and Leyton Orient and he has twice been named Manager of the Year – once with Yeovil and once with Leyton Orient.

Key and notable players
Midfielder Jordan Cousins was Charlton’s Player of the Year for the 2015/16 season, beating the likes of Alou Diarra and Johann Berg Gudmundsson to the award.

Gudmundsson was the Addicks’ leading scorer last year, netting one more than fellow forward Ademola Lookman, the latter of which was named the club’s Young Player of the Year after a superb debut season.

Other key players for Charlton include captain Johnnie Jackson and defender Chris Solly.

Last season
Charlton’s four-year stay in the Championship came to an end after a 22nd-place finish in 2015/16.

The Addicks started well under Guy Luzon but a winless run over September and October saw them slip into the relegation zone and Luzon replaced by Karel Fraeye. He, though, won just twice before being replaced by Jose Riga, who couldn’t do enough to keep Charlton from suffering relegation to League One.

After the close of the 2015/16, Charlton released seven players including Marco Motta and Reza Ghoochannejhad, while Callum Harriott, Alou Diarra and Marko Dmitrovic had their one-year options triggered.

Then, following the appointment of Slade, the Addicks captured League Two Player of the Year Ricky Holmes for an undisclosed fee from Northampton Town. They backed that signing up, by bringing in strikers Lee Novak and Nicky Ajose, who combined for 38 League One goals in 2015/16.

Head to head
Dons wins: 2
Last Dons win: 1-0, 3 Nov 2015 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 2-0, 8 Mar 2011 (Stadium MK)

Biggest Charlton win: 5-1, 14 Nov 2009 (The Valley)
Last Charlton win: 2-1, 14 Apr 2012 (The Valley)
Charlton wins: 5

Last draw: 0-0, 8 Mar 2016 (The Valley)
Draw: 2

Watch MK Dons take on Charlton Athletic at Stadium MK in 2016/17, as well as 22 other home League One matches, by becoming a Season Ticket holder.

Adult Season Tickets are priced from £28 a month while under-21s can enjoy the full campaign from just £12.34 a month. Under-18 Season Tickets are priced from only £2.50 a month and under-12s can go FREE with a Young Dons membership.

To purchase a Season Ticket visit the Box Office at Stadium MK/kiosk at centre:mk or call 0333 200 5343. You can also download an application form and post it to Box Office, Stadium MK, Stadium Way, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST.

The Dons host Charlton on Boxing Day and then visit the Valley just a month later on Saturday 25th March.
2016/17 MATCHES

Danny Green, Miguel Llera, Charlie MacDonald, Izale McLeod, Diego Poyet, Mark Ricketts, Wade Small, Bally Smart, Simon Church
Played for both

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