Charlton Athletic F.C. Reserves

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Charlton Athletic Under 21 Development Squad
Charlton Athletic crest
Full name Charlton Athletic Football Club U21 Development Squad
Nickname(s) The Addicks
Founded 1905
Ground Sparrows Lane
New Eltham
Chairman England Michael Slater
Senior professional development Coach (U21) Wales Nathan Jones
League Professional Development League 2 (South Division)

Charlton Athletic F.C. Reserves were the reserve team of Charlton Athletic. From 1999 until 2007, Charlton Reserves were members of the FA Premier Reserve League Southern however due to the relegation of the first team at the end of the 2006/2007 season, from the Premier League to the Football League Championship, they were demoted to the Football Combination Central where they played against other Football League reserve teams and successful Football Conference reserve sides. At the end of the 2008/09 season the first team were again relegated to Football League One and the reserve side was dissolved as a competitive team.

The side consists mainly of Charlton's Academy players who are aiming to break into the first team squad and in the near future. Senior players may occasionally play when returning from injury. The current Senior professional development Coach (U21) at Charlton is Nathan Jones.

History[edit]

Under Glynn Snodin[edit]

In 1999 the team joined the FA Premier Reserve League Southern. Led by reserve-team coach Glynn Snodin had relative success in their first season, finishing 2nd, however in comparison the next 3 seasons were disappointing as the club finished 8th, 7th & 7th respectively. After this however things picked up, and Charlton became unexpected winners of the league in 2003/2004, and this was then followed by a second success at the Charlton team won the division again in 2004/2005, just a season later. This was followed by another good season, seeing the Addicks finish fourth, however popular reserve-team coach Snodin left to join Southampton as first-team coach.[1] Snodin was replaced by Mark Robson for the remainder, however this was short lived as Charlton faced a managerial re-shuffle after the resignation of Alan Curbishley, Mervyn Day & Keith Peacock.

Under Mark Kinsella[edit]

With the installation of Iain Dowie as head-coach, Robson was moved to development coach, working with both the Reserve & First Team sides, however after Dowie was fired he was named assistant head-coach, under Les Reed. Mark Kinsella replaced Robson as development coach until this hiring of current club manager Alan Pardew when Kinsella was moved to reserve-team coach.[2] Despite a hectic season the team still managed to finish 6th, however due to the relegation of the first-team the club were demoted to the Football Combination Central where after spending much of the season top of the table were pipped to the post by Southampton F.C. Reserves on the last game of the season.[3]

In 2008 Mark Kinsella moved to a more senior role within the first team under Caretaker manager Phil Parkinson while the club sought after a replacement for Alan Pardew, who parted company with the club November 22, 2008. He was replaced by the clubs U18 Youth Coach, Damian Matthew, for the interim period.[4] When Parkinson assumed the role of first team manager Matthew was designated Development coach, based on the same role Mark Robson had held previously.

In 2009 the team was disbanded as a competitive side. With the relegation of the first team from the Football League Championship to the Football League One it was decided that the team would no longer play in the Football Combination and instead only played a number of friendly matches throughout the season.

Managers[edit]

Name Dates Achievements
England Glynn Snodin 2000 — March 2006 Premier Reserve League South Champions (2003-04, 2004-05)
England Mark Robson (as Development Coach) March 2006 — November 2006
Republic of Ireland Mark Kinsella November 2006 — November 2008 Football Combination Central Runners Up (2007–08)
England Damian Matthew (as Development Coach) November 2008 —

Achievements[edit]

Season by season record (1999–2008)[5]
Season Competition P W D L F A Pts Pos
1999-00 Premier Reserve League Southern 24 15 2 7 57 36 47 2/13
2000-01 Premier Reserve League Southern 24 8 6 10 35 44 30 8/13
2001-02 Premier Reserve League Southern 26 9 7 10 37 41 34 7/14
2002-03 Premier Reserve League Southern 26 10 4 12 40 37 34 7/14
2003-04 Premier Reserve League Southern 28 17 6 5 46 19 57 1/15
2004-05 Premier Reserve League Southern 28 18 7 3 46 21 61 1/15
2005-06 Premier Reserve League Southern 26 14 4 8 38 29 46 4/14
2006-07 Premier Reserve League Southern 18 7 4 7 28 24 25 6/10
2007-08 Football Combination Central 18 12 4 3 39 17 37 2/10
2008-09 Football Combination Central 18 7 2 9 25 25 23 7/10

Honours[edit]

Competition Achievement Year
Premier Reserve League South Champions 2003-04
Premier Reserve League South Champions 2004-05
Football Combination Central Runners-Up 2007-08

Home Ground[edit]

Stonebridge Road, November 2007

In the last 9 years the reserves have had many different stadia. In their first season they played their matches at Welling United's ground, Park View Road, but the stay was short lived. For the 2000/2001 season the reserve team played their matches at the first-teams ground, The Valley, however when there was a clash in matches the reserve teams would play their games at Park View Road. This system continued until the 2006/2007 when the team moved their matches to Gravesend & Northfleet's ground, Stonebridge Road. The reserve team continued to play their games there in the 2007/2008 season, after the change of club name from Gravesend & Northfleet F.C. to Ebbsfleet United F.C.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Snodin set for Saints switch". Charlton-Athletic.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  2. ^ "New contract for Kinsella". cafc.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  3. ^ "Football Combination Central 2007/2008 Final Table". theFA.com. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  4. ^ "Gritt relishing cup clash". cafc.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Charlton Athletic F.C. Reserves History". fchd.info. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 

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