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12-Jun 04:52, by Ketts

Every summer witnesses a huge turnover of playing staff at a club, but how many players have appeared for Charlton this century?

Every year fans can vote for players from different eras to enter the club's Hall Of Fame.

Some years back, the late Colin Cameron produced a book called The Valiant 500, which detailed‎ every player who had made a first team appearance for the Addicks. It was a wonderful memory jogger.

Recent years have seen a far greater turnover of players, but it may surprise some to know that 155 players - including loanees - have made a first team appearance for Charlton this century.

Out of those 155, 115 failed to score a goal. These days, large numbers of players come and go nearly every summer.

It is rare these days for players to spend their entire careers at one club, and testimonials for players who have completed 10 years at a club are few and far between.

Sam Bartram is the most famous player to appear for Charlton. Sam was at The Valley for over 20 years.‎

He is the club's record appearance maker, with 579 league and 44 FA Cup games to‎ his name. These impressive figures would be even higher had his career not spanned the Second World War.

Keepers do have longevity in the game, and often carry on playing longer than outfield players. ‎

Karl Robinson is looking to bring in at least one new keeper this summer. The next keeper to make his debut for the Addicks will be the 25th custodian to play in a first team fixture for Charlton this century.‎

A player's tenure at a club - especially outside the Premier League - seems to get ever shorter. And it is likely that the turnover of playing staff at The Valley will eclipse  these figures in the next few years.

 

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