For nearly 2 decades Keith made 533 appearances for the famous valiants, Keith effortlessly falls into the category of one of the ‘Greatest ever to have played for Charlton’ having also taken the role of coach, club ambassador and even the caretaker manager of our fine club. His popularity among Charlton fans remains as high today as it was when he graced the Valley turf. Whilst he will always be remembered for becoming the Football League’s first ever substitute, his 17 seasons, playing under six managers will stir far more memories among the Charlton faithful and with 92 goals to his name he clearly tops the museum patron scoring charts. We are honoured that Keith is patron of the museum along with Brian and Derek.
Derek’s sporting career spanned both football and cricket for Charlton and Kent, during which time re made 277 appearances for the addicks and in the process dislocated his shoulder 20 times. A genuine one club man his loyalty perhaps restricted his international opportunities as he undoubtedly deserved more that the single England cap he received in 1953 (the short of which is on display in the museum). Derek became the first ex-player to become a director of the club in 1984 and famously left the field of play injured against Huddersfield in 1957 with the game goalless, the final score of 7-6 says much about his ability as a centre half and we are thrilled to have his support as a patron of the museum.
One of the Charltons most loyal players with 418 appearances in the red shirt, Brian’s association with the club began at the earliest possible stage when he was delivered by the famous club doctor & director John Montgomery. A native of Charlton his Grandfather helped dig out the Valley in 1919 whilst his uncle Peter Etherton also played for the club in the war years. This trying time saw his family house take a direct hit, wounding Brian as a young child, nothing was to stop him making his debut in 1956 against Newcastle and he would go on to play under both Jimmy Seed and Eddie Firmani. Brian rightfully completes our trio of genuine Club Legends as patrons of the museum.