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Charlton Athletic Club London

As we were called by FC Saarbrucken in 1949.

Ticket recently acquired by the museum.

At the time the Saarland was a French protectorate.

This game was part of a political battle by the club to avoid playing in the French League. They dropped out of the league and played only games v foriegn sides.

They then played in a Saarland league. The Saar also had its own international team and they played in the 54 world cup qualifiers.

The desire to see a stronger West Germany saw the ethnically German area re-join that country in 1957.

Charlton won the game 1 - 0 (Lumley)

More history at @chathmuseum on twitter.


  • The Charlton team from that game.

    Rare sight of Malcolm Allison (4th left) in a Charlton team.

  • Having played Arsenal at Highbury on 7th May 1949 made very good time too Saarbrucken for 5pm kick off.

    Transport back in days gone by must have been first class as some Charlton fans take longer to get to The Valley now days and have not so far to travel.
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