Luzhniki2008 visited The Valley on 31/01/1999
Game watched: Charlton Athletic 0-1 Man Utd
When I went to Charlton's The Valley after they were promoted to the Premier League, it was Manchester United’s 1st league visit there since the 1950′s, so a very anticipated away trip. When Charlton played in the top flight between 1986 and 1990, Charlton’s Stadium was closed due to safety reasons and they groundshared with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. The Charlton fans deserve huge credit for bringing the club back to The Valley – without them it would never have happened. They even formed their own local political party – The Valley Party – to fight the local council who had refused plans to renovate the stadium. Since Charlton returned there in 1992, the stadium has been completely rebuilt on 3 sides of the ground and it is now an impressive 27,000+ capacity stadium. Charlton were relegated at the end of the 1998-99 season, but returned in season 2000-01 managed by their great boss Alan Curbishley, and remained in the Premier League until 2007. Their fans deserve a decent stadium and team, after all the hard work they put in getting the club back to the Valley.
The Valley isn't one of the easier London grounds to reach, but there are stations near the ground which helps.