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Free admission at Charlton match
 Women's Football News 10 Oct 2007
Free admission at Charlton match - 10 Oct 2007 - Women's Football NewsCharlton Athletic will play their first home match of the season at Dartford FC's Princes Park stadium on Thursday night, when fans will be able to benefit from free admission.
The Addicks are opening their gates to supporters for the club's first league fixture against Watford (7.45pm).
Given the amount of media coverage the potential disbandment of the women's team generated during the summer, not to mention public criticism of the decision by Addicks fans, officials are hoping for a healthy attendance at the newly opened ground.
The women's team is now overseen by the Charlton Community Trust, and community director Jason Morgan said: "We're really looking forward to starting a new era in Dartford on Thursday night.
"It's been a long summer and a lot of people have worked very hard to keep the women's team going, so it would be nice for the girls to have plenty of support in their first home match.
"We're opening up the stadium to offer admission completely free of charge, and we want to encourage as many Charlton fans, football fans and other local residents to come out as possible to support a side that is very much part of its local community."
The Tesco Premier League National Division match against the Hornets kicks off at 7.45pm.
And opponents such as last season's quadruple winners Arsenal, UEFA Cup contenders Everton and Liverpool, Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers will be among those making their way to DA1 this season, with Sunday home games usually kicking off at 2pm.
After huge summer upheaval that led to all of last season's regular outfield first-team players seeking new clubs during the close season, a young Addicks side lost 7-0 to current league leaders Bristol Academy on Sunday.
But new coach, and former Addicks winger Paul Mortimer, found plenty of positives in the display after less than a month of pre-season training and with some vocal support at Princes Park, he is expecting a much tighter contest against newly promoted Watford on Thursday night.
The decision to play home games at Princes Park is also a coup for Dartford Borough Council. Cllr Jeremy Kite, leader of the council, said: "Princes Park is designed for this type of community-based sport and we've struck up a great rapport with the Charlton management in recent months, so this will be a good deal both for Charlton and Dartford.
"I have no doubt that the women's team will prove to be a popular attraction at Princes Park, and we welcome them, and their fans, to our ground.
"This link shows how much demand there is for good quality football grounds in this area, and shows why we were right to build Princes Park as we did."

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