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City head to the Valley: a Supporter's Guide

City head to the Valley: a Supporter's Guide

Exeter City travel to the Valley this Saturday to take on high flying Charlton Athletic. City fans of course will remember our last trip there back in 2003 where we put up a battling display to lose 3-1 in the FA Cup third round against the then Premiership side. That was in our relegation season, and a lot has happened to both sides clubs since that meeting. That`s why we now meet in a league fixture!

The Ground:

The Valley is a smart ground, and has undergone major development over the last 15 years. As a City fan at Uni in London I saw Charlton on a couple of occasions last season and was impressed. It hit me as very much a family club, and the constant support of around 20,000 was admirable considering the abysmal season they had.

Onto the stadium itself, and three sides of it are joined, which includes the nice sized two tiered West Stand. The facing East Stand is single tiered, and the North Stand two tiered. City fans will be housed in the South Stand which stands alone and which looks somewhat out of touch with its surroundings. However, it is raised slightly above pitch level and so provides a decent prove. Furthermore, it has a capacity of 3,000 so there won`t be any problems on that front.

Tickets:

As I have mentioned there won`t be any problems getting in, but tickets are available in advance. However ticket prices are the same whether purchased in advance or on the day.

Adults: £25

Concessions (O60 & U21): £17

Under 18: £5

Ambulant Disabled (Adult & Concession): £17

Disabled Assistant: Free

Last season I twice paid £10 as a concession to see Charlton and they were a division above, so I`m surprised the prices are as they are.

How to Get There?

Public Transport:

If arriving in London by train, travel by tube to North Greenwich on the Jubilee Line and then take a short bus ride of around 10 minutes to the ground. Note however, that the roads outside the stadium get quite congested after the match and so the returning bus journey back to North Greenwich made take alot longer!

Alternatively, Charlton Station is a short walk from the stadium. Most services to the station depart from London Bridge, Charing Cross and Waterloo East. This may be the more advisable option for most fans arriving into Waterloo.



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Writer:SupaStix
Date:Monday September 21 2009
Time: 10:00PM

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