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13 June 2016

The Addicks and the Cod Army will meet for the very first time

Name: Charlton Athletic Football Club
Founded: 1905
Stadium: The Valley
Capacity: 27, 111
Manager: Russell Slade
Last Season: 22nd in the Championship

Fleetwood Town and Charlton Athletic will meet for the very first time next season, following the Addicks’ relegation from the Championship last term.

The south London outfit will be hoping to gain an immediate return back to the second-tier  and they have happy memories of League One, having gained promotion from the division in 2012.

After their relegation, which was confirmed in April, Charlton parted company with former manager Jose Riga at the conclusion of the season, and recently appointed Russell Slade in charge.

Slade, who returns to club management just a few weeks after leaving Cardiff City after a two-year spell in the Welsh capital, agreed a deal to become the new man at the helm earlier this month.

The 55-year-old Wokingham-native had an unusual route into the professional game, a Physical Education teacher after studying the subject at University, he was the assistant manager at Notts County in 1994, and briefly managed the Magpies on a temporary basis.

Early in his managerial career, Slade spent time in charge of non-league sides Armitage and Leicester United, prior to caretaker stints back in professional football with Sheffield United.

In the years that followed, Slade found himself in permanent managerial roles in the game, and he went onto manage both Scarborough and Grimsby Town.

In June 2006, Slade was appointed at Yeovil Town manager, and in his first season at Huish Park, he led the Glovers to a Play-Off Final, which they lost to Blackpool, before winning the divisional manager of the year for his efforts.

He departed Somerset in favour of a move to Brighton and Hove Albion in March 2009, but he spent just seven months at the club before leaving his position.

Slade later spent a fruitful four-year stay at Leyton Orient, who he led to a League One Play-Off Final at Wembley in May 2014 – where the O’s lost to Rotherham United on penalties.

More recently, Slade was Cardiff City’s manager, and in two-years with the Bluebirds, he achieved two top half finishes at the Cardiff City Stadium.

In a re-shuffle, Slade was appointed head of football, before leaving the position to return to management with Charlton.

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