On Saturday 9th December, Pompey Supporters will be travelling to Charlton Athletic’s The Valley, Floyd Road, Charlton, London SE7 8BL. It will be the 25th Anniversary of Charlton’s return to The Valley, a match also played against Pompey. The Valley has a capacity of just over 27,000 and Blues fans will be in the Jimmy Seed (South) Stand at one end of the ground. Please note all Pompey’s away ticket allocation has already been sold, so there will be no tickets on sale on the day.
There is a cash point located on the side of the Valley Superstore, just inside the main gates, there is also a cash point outside Charlton train station.
How to get to The Valley
Leave the M25 at Junction 2 and follow the A2 towards London. After around twelve miles the road splits with the A2 going off to the left and the right hand lanes becoming the A102. Continue on the A102 towards the Blackwall Tunnel. Leave the A102 at the next slip road [signposted Woolwich & Ferry A206]. At the bottom of the slip road turn right at the traffic lights towards Woolwich/Charlton. Continue along the A206 passing the Antigallican pub on your right. The ground and away entrance are diagonally behind this pub.
Parking at the ground is for permit holders only and a lot of the roads around The Valley and near Charlton Station have residents only parking restrictions. As you come off the A102 onto the A206, there is some street parking available on the right before you reach the Rose of Denmark pub. There is also parking in some of the local industrial estates.
Charlton station is the nearest train station to The Valley and is about three minutes walk from the ground. Trains run half hourly from Waterloo East to Charlton and the journey takes about twenty five minutes. [Waterloo East can be accessed by going up the stairs at London Waterloo]. Trains also run every half hour from London Bridge to Charlton.
To get to the ground, come out of Charlton Station into Charlton Church Lane, [all exits lead onto this road] turn right and cross over to the other side. Take the next left into Floyd Road and then right into Valley Grove for the away section entrance.
However you are intending to travelling to Charlton, we advise leaving plenty of time for your journey, with 3,800 of us travelling and only a few Saturdays to go until Christmas, all roads and public transport are likely to be busy.
For up to date travel information on the day, link to @PompeyfcCop on twitter.
Where to eat and drink
There are not many pubs near The Valley. If you are driving in along the A206, and not far from Charlton Station, you will see The Antigallican pub, 428 Woolwich Road, SE7 8SU. [The name, left over from the Napoleonic wars, means ‘anti-French’]. The Antigallican welcomes away fans, has a large bar and sky sports and sells filled rolls and pork pies. At 296 Woolwich Road, SE7 7AL is the Rose of Denmark pub, which usually admits away fans before the game, but not afterwards, serves food and has sky sports.
An alternate idea, especially if you are travelling by train, maybe to get the Jubilee Line tube heading East from Waterloo to London Bridge. In the London Bridge, Borough Market area there are plenty of pubs and places to eat including: The Market Porter, 9 Stoney Street, SE1 9AA, which serves real ale and pub food. Also in Stoney Street is The Wheatsheaf, SE1 9AA, a Youngs pub serving brunch. Close to London Bridge is the Bunch of Grapes, 2 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RS, a traditional Youngs pub serving real ale and food.
For cider lovers, also in Stoney Street, SE1 9AA is the Cider House, selling a wide selection of ciders.
Trains leave London Bridge for Charlton at 13.17 and 13.47, and the journey takes about twenty minutes.
Inside the ground the usual range of pies, hot dogs and hot drinks will be on sale. Alcohol is usually on sale in the ground.