TTU Awards 2010/2011: Best Ground

Posted by on Jun 18, 2011 in TTU Awards | 7 Comments

Darren Bent firing over so disastrously at Wembley a fortnight ago will have provided Charlton Athletic fans with only minor consolation. But an alarmingly awful season on the pitch still does little to detract from the match day experience at the Valley. At a community club, those long years of crumbling terraces as the ground lay dormant in the Eighties are now banished to memory, and the new stadium manages to concoct a pleasing blend out of old and new – it’s enclosed and four sided, but the action takes place close to the fans and atmosphere is always sizzling, not least on the occasion of Exeter City’s visit in February.

Brighton and Hove Albion manage to get mentions for both the Withdean and Falmer although I suspect that the “best away trip” category has been more of an inspiration for both voters rather than any distinguishing features of the stadia themselves – certainly the former’s advocate could be accused of contrariness. Of the old school, Cheltenham Town’s Whaddon Road has its apologists.

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7 Comments

  1. Wheresmeticket?
    June 18, 2011

    Darren Bent still holds a place of affection in the hearts of Charlton fans. I don't think any of us would take consolation in his misfortune. If you had ever been to the Valley or knew any Charlton fans or did any research at all you would know that. Very lazy journalism. Get back to the sofa.

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  2. Lanterne Rouge
    June 18, 2011

    We are well aware of this – I know most Charlton fans look back very fondly on the man who put the likes of Chelsea to the sword – so they'll wince in agony at what they are missing whenever they see him do so well for Villa. Hence, when he does slightly less well, it may be some consolation and an inspiration to forget and get behind the current players. Good luck with the promotion push – a great club that will be back where they belong soon I hope.

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  3. Wheresmeticket?
    June 18, 2011

    sorry. I overreacted. Easy to become bitter and twisted at the Valley these days…

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  4. Yasser
    June 19, 2011

    Valley is probably one of my favourite London grounds. Modern, smart-looking ground but not like other identikit stadiums around the country. Valley has character. Away fans can have all the freedom of Jimmy Seed Stand. Even though the ground is quite close to the station, but it remains obscured from the view until you get close to it which adds to the mystique!

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  5. Lanterne Rouge
    June 19, 2011

    Agreed Yasser – looking forward to visiting in the League Cup first round in August.

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  6. Stanley
    June 20, 2011

    Personally I prefer the ground slightly further to the west of that map. Tribalism aside, though, the redevelopment of The Valley was very well executed. The ground retains that old matchday feel, while providing all mod cons. The chip shop on Floyd Road isn't bad either.

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