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.