Brighton & Hove Albion continue their 2018/19 preparations with a game against Charlton Athletic at the Valley on Tuesday evening, kick-off 7.45pm.
So far Chris Hughton’s men have drawn with FC St Gallen, beaten Crawley Town and lost to AFC Wimbledon in their three matches of the close season so far and a trip to the capital is now next on the agenda.
The campaign started well, and consistent results saw the south Londoners maintain a place within the table’s top half and near the play-off places, but results declined throughout winter and the side began 2018 in ninth place.
A managerial change towards the end of March saw Karl Robinson replaced by Lee Bowyer, with the former player being placed in caretaker charge until the season’s end. It saw an upturn in results as Charlton won six of their last 10 matches to secure a place in the division’s top six.
The Addicks ended the 2017-18 campaign in sixth position in Sky Bet League One under the stewardship of Bowyer, but fell to a 2-0 aggregate defeat to Shrewsbury Town in the semi-finals of the play-offs after suffering 1-0 defeats both home and away at the end of the season.
Who’s in charge?
Lee Bowyer retains the title of caretaker manager ahead of the new campaign. As a player he signed for the club as a schoolboy and went on to make 58 appearances for the club, scoring 14 goals in the process.
The midfielder would go on to represent Leeds United, West Ham United, Newcastle United, Birmingham City and Ipswich Town before retiring in 2012.
In the dugout he spent a short period of time working under former Leeds United teammate Harry Kewell, before moving into coaching with the Addicks and subsequently becoming assistant manager to Robinson in the summer of 2017.
His spell as caretaker manager began in March and it’s a position he still retains heading into the new season.
How do I get there?
Leave the M25 at Junction 2 and follow the A2 towards London. After around 12 miles, the road splits with the A2 going off to the left and the right-hand lanes becoming the A102. Proceed on the A102 towards the Blackwall Tunnel. Leave the A102 at the next slip road for the A206.
At the bottom of the slip road, turn right at the traffic lights towards Woolwich and Charlton. Proceed along the A206 passing the Antigallican pub on your right (the ground and away entrance are diagonally behind this pub).
For the main club entrance and car park, go straight over the next roundabout, passing a retail park on the left.
At the next roundabout, go right around it, turning back on yourself along the A206. Then take the first left into Charlton Road and cross over the railway and after passing the Royal Oak pub on the right, turn right into Harvey Gardens. The ground is down on the left.
Where do I park?
Parking at the ground is for permit holders only. There is street parking, but due to a local residents parking scheme, not in close vicinity to the ground or Charlton railway station.
However, as you come off the A2 onto the A206, there is some street parking to be had on your right, in a couple of streets, before you reach the Rose of Denmark pub.
Post Code for SAT NAV: SE7 8BL
The ground is a short walk from Charlton Railway Station, which is served by trains from Charing Cross, London Bridge and Waterloo East stations. On Saturdays there are also services from Cannon Street station.
Follow it live:
Albion fans can follow all the action from Tuesday’s game with Charlton Athletic via the club’s official Twitter feed.
The live match centre will also be available to supporters throughout the afternoon here on the club's website.
Supporters will then be able to read a full match report from the contest at The Valley on BrightonandHoveAlbion.com, with post-match reaction also available after the final whistle.