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Valley Gold withdraws funding 

The Valley Gold committee have announced they will “not consider any further major donations to the football club until later on in the year.” 

The Charlton Club which oversees Valley Gold lottery called a full Management Committee meeting yesterday to address their members’ concerns that their funds were not going to be used for the desired purpose that Valley Gold was intended for. Despite plea’s from the club, the supporters representatives felt that they could not ignore the growing complaints from it’s members and have taken immediate action.

That action is to stop providing donations to the club and it’s owners.

Valley Gold was born during the dark days of Selhurst, and it spawned hope of better days and of future young homegrown stars that we could be proud to support back in SE7. Many, many of these young men became heroes to me and other Charlton fans and have played many hundreds of games on the hallowed turf of The Valley.

Our current owners see our stars of tomorrow differently. CEO Katrien Meire has made it abundantly clear that these young stars will be sold to line their own pockets. We may see them for a handful of games, but then we should expect to wave them off as they are sold on to bigger clubs.

None of us are stupid enough to think that our best young players will stay at Charlton forever, or even more than a couple of seasons. The best ones will deserve to have the big careers at much bigger clubs than ours. But only after they improve the team, it’s prospects and that we are allowed the benefit to build an affinity with one our very own once they make the first team.

Like so many of OUR club’s core community principals, these owners are trying to undo decades of fantastic work. Valley Gold has put a hold on that. Kudos to them.

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. CA Addick (California Addick) #

    Despite season holders having already paid every economic issue should be used to not support these idiots. Stop attending games, stop buying stuff, those that have some power reach out to sponsors who are not getting value for their money to put pressure on owners to sell.

    Go to Belgium and protest long and loud. Protest, protest, protest–everyone going to the back of stand. Then leave!

    Painful yes! But now is the time to put the most pressure on them to sell ASAP

    January 12, 2016
    • redreubs #

      My thoughts exactly. Could not have put it better.

      January 13, 2016
  2. Bravo. It is about time someone realised that we are being taken for fools. I have been a member since Palace days and was considering stopping my subscription, because I too felt the funds have been used for peronal gain. This news may have helped me to make my mind up.

    January 13, 2016
  3. AlanFromParis #

    I too was considering stopping my subscriptions. For the moment I will continue subscribing. I am however think of stopping my CAFC player subscription. I have not looked at the highlights for such a long time now.


    January 13, 2016
  4. I too, joined Valley Gold back in the Selhurst Park days, and was pleased when the funds were later used to support our academy, and have recently seriously considered withdrawing my membership after Ms. Meire’s statements. When originally started Valley Gold’s aim was to return the club to the Valley,and to save it’s very existence, before it was merged with the Screaming Alice,(Crystal Athletic?). Could some of the funds now be used to “GET OUR CHARLTON BACK”‘ , and save OUR club once again,

    January 13, 2016
  5. Nigel Reddick #

    The right decision, and a brave one by those concerned. It isn’t an ideal situation, but this is a civil war that we need to win by any means.

    Pembury Addick

    January 13, 2016
  6. Kate #

    Well done, I was about to stop my subscription , I’ve been a members since it started and I fed up seeing young talent go before they are ready. Not always the clubs fault but at the moment there is no incentive for them to stay.

    January 13, 2016
  7. LP #

    Thank you the Supporters Trust for instigating this. I sent my letter demanding a meeting and am so glad I did.
    We need to keep up the pressure with the protests – boycotting goods etc etc. Personally I’d still love a game to be boycotted but that’s gradually happening anyway.

    January 13, 2016
  8. redreubs #

    Well done Valley Gold. My wife and i contibute and are pleased this has been done. The article gets right to what most Charlton fans are feeling. As season ticket holders for the last 25 years we have not been for the last 7 home games. This is our way of showing our disgust at the way we fans are being” taken for mugs” by the dictator called Roland Rat. We travel 150 miles to a home match. All we want is our club back. If it carries on there be nothing left.

    January 13, 2016

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