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No Substitute

No Substitute

(2004)
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Even the most ardent Charlton Athletic supporter had limited ambitions at the start of the 2000/01 Premiership campaign. The buzzwords around The Valley were 'survival' and '17th place'. Despite the Addicks having won the First Division championship at a canter the season before, memories of relegation from the top flight in 1998/99 remained at the forefront of most fans' thoughts. But this time Alan Curbishley's team was more experienced and better prepared, and they would prove themselves more than up to the challenge. In Many miles, north-stand season-ticket holder Charlie Connelly charts Charlton's progress on and off the pitch through a roller-coaster season that turned out to be the Addicks' best for 47 years. From the opening day mauling of Manchester City to an extraordinary final match against Liverpool, Many miles, relives the excitement of a year to remember. Exclusive interviews with club captain Mark Kinsella, record-signing Claus Jensen and manager Curbishley provide a perspective from the training ground, while left-back Chris Powell relates the story of his shock call-up to the full England side. And, in his last major interview before his career was cruelly curtailed, striker Andy Hunt talks movingly about the condition that eventually forced him to retire from football. There is also a revealing insight into Charlton's future, with plc chairman Richard Murray discussing his vision for the club and youth academy director Mick Browne pointing the way forward on the pitch. For every Charlton fan, Many miles is an essential souvenir of a remarkable campaign.

 
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