Today it is worth remembering the club’s long link with Woolwich Barracks, newly restored with the arrival of The Royal Anglian Regiment. From the club’s founding in 1893 as the Old Charltonians, Old Boys of a preparatory school for army officers, we have lost members to all wars. The Boer War seemed to take away half the  club’s players, and the World Wars both nearly brought our existence to an end.

We know that some of our recent arrivals have seen action in the Middle East and Afghanistan, and that all will be remembering those that have gone for our sakes. It was even more fitting than usual that there was a minute’s silence before both Saturday’s home games.

‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.’