Youth Team to First Team
Supporting the future of Charlton Athletic
Valley Gold launched in 1989, with its original aim being to aid the club’s return to The Valley. When this was achieved in December 1992, its focus switched to helping Charlton’s academy to thrive.
No less than 65 academy graduates have gone on to represent the Addicks’ first-team since Valley Gold’s inception and four of those – Lee Bowyer, Paul Konchesky, Scott Parker and Jonjo Shelvey – all went on to become full England internationals.
Fourteen graduates have made more than 100 senior appearances for Charlton and in 2009, with the club struggling financially, Valley Gold was vital in keeping the academy afloat.