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Charlton Athletic explored through unique images in new book

When Football Was Football: Charlton Athletic A Nostalgic Look at a Century of the Club
09 May 2014
Michael Walsh
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Packed with marvellous pictures from the Daily Mirror archives, many of them never before seen, Haynes’ latest book in the When Football was Football series, When Football Was Football: Charlton Athletic, celebrates Charlton Athletic and relives the most memorable episodes in the club’s 108-year history.

The incredible, forgotten FA Cup giantkilling run of 1923, the momentous rise from the lowest tier of League football to runners-up in the old First Division in successive seasons, Wembley heartbreak and joy after the war, the bitter exile at Selhurst Park, the emotional homecoming of 1992 and the nerve-shredding 1998 play-off final under the old Twin Towers … When Football was Football: Charlton Athletic is a mazy dribble down memory lane.

And, of course, there are the Charlton legends – Sam Bartram saving in the 1947 FA Cup Final and serving in the sports shop he ran next to the Valley, the late, great Johnny Summers putting up Christmas decorations at home, Derek Hales out duck shooting between terrorising opposition defences. And so many more… from Don Welsh to Clive Mendonca, while Charlton’s greatest manager, Jimmy Seed, is poignantly photographed on the day of his sacking by the club.

Author of When Football Was Football: Charlton Athletic, Michael Walsh says:

“I was struck by the intimacy and innocence about so many of these ‘lost’ images from the Mirror vaults. As well as stirring this red and white heart, they bring a lump to the throat and you really have to wonder how anyone could not support Charlton.”

Capturing the magic of Saturday’s heroes in the days when everyone still played on a Saturday, this new title from Haynes Manuals is a nostalgia-filled must-read for every Charlton Athletic fan.

About the author

Michael Walsh is not quite a lifelong Addicks fan. His Irish father tried to make him support Manchester United, but ’60s Saturdays watching Law, Best and another famous Charlton around London's first division bastions failed to do the trick.

His first game at the Valley, then a mouldering SE7 Circus Maximus, was a 5-2 defeat to Southampton. And it wasn't him who threw the stone that Saints Terry Paine complained had whacked him on the head. Michael is associate sports editor of the Sunday People and author of Brothers In War, the true story of one English family's Great War sacrifice.

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