STAND UP FOR CURBS

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This summer it will be 30 years since Alan Curbishley was put in joint charge of Charlton Athletic - as sole manager he led the club to two promotions to the Premier League in 1998 and 2000, kept it in the top flight for eight seasons and altogether remained in charge for 15 years.

The club has previously recognised the major achievements of former manager Jimmy Seed by naming a stand after him. It has also named aspects of the ground after iconic goalkeeper Sam Bartram, Curbishley's assistant Keith Peacock, and former club statistician and historian Colin Cameron. There is a statue of Bartram.

The only reason that Curbishley has not been recognised already is a lack of interest in the club's history and views of supporters from previous owners. This is a great opportunity for new owner Thomas Sandgaard to show his respect for Curbs' himself, for the club's history and for fans' views in general at very limited cost by naming a stand at The Valley in his honour in time to include in next season's ticketing offer.

We believe Thomas will listen. But as Charlton fans we do need to show him how much this gesture would mean. That's why we're backing former Charlton chief executive Peter Varney, writing in Voice of The Valley issue 165 (published February 20th), and proclaiming that it's time to STAND UP FOR CURBS!