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Former goalkeeper 'in intensive care in a coma'

The club were saddened to learn this morning of a serious car accident which has involved George Howard.

The latest news we have is that George is in intensive care in a coma on life support in a hospital in South Africa.

George has reportedly been in hospital for six days and remains in a critical condition.

The thoughts of everyone at Gillingham FC are with George and his family.

– Gillingham FC statement

Chairman speaks out on Charlton takeover

Staprix NV, owned by Belgian businessman Roland Duchatelet, have successfully completed the takeover of Sky Bet Championship club Charlton.

Chairman Michael Slater, Tony Jimenez and Martin Prothero will step down from the club's board of directors.

"In every important respect we leave the club in a far better state than when we took over three years ago, but now is the time to pass the baton to Roland who has a proven track record of success in business and football.

We believe we have found an investor with extensive knowledge of football who is well placed to stabilize the club in the Championship and help the club to develop on a sensible commercial basis."

– Chairman Michael Slater

Takeover at Charlton completed

Roland Duchatelet Credit: PA

Staprix NV, owned by Belgian businessman Roland Duchatelet, have successfully completed the takeover of Charlton Football Club.

The company, who own four football clubs including Belgian side Standard Liege, are to acquire 100 per cent of the club's shares.

Richard Murray will become the Addicks' non-executive chairman and he told the club's official website:

"I look forward to using my long experience in English football to continue to represent the club that has been my passion for many years.

"Charlton can benefit from Roland's experience in many different ways."

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Appeal to find missing teen

Zakaria Khalifa. Credit: Met Police handout.

Police are appealing for help in finding a 16-year-old boy who has gone missing from his home in South-East London.

Zakaria Khalifa was last seen at home in Hornfair Road, Charlton, on Thursday 12th September.

Police think he might be in Islington, Kilburn, Hammersmith, Notting Hill Gate or Harlesden.

Charlton sign Bolton striker Sordell on loan

Marvin Sordell played for the England Under-21s at the recent European Championships. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Ahead of the new football season, Charlton have signed Bolton striker Marvin Sordell on loan for the season. He played for England at the recent European Under-21 Championships as well as for Team GB at last year's Olympics.

He'll be joined at The Valley by former Reading striker Simon Church who's agreed a two-year contract. Church has played 22 times for Wales. Charlton start their season on Saturday away to Bournemouth.

Charlton fans help game to go ahead

The club appealed for fans to help. Credit: ITN

Charlton are confident their game against Sheffield Wednesday will go ahead on Saturday after fans volunteered to help clear the snow from the pitch. Around 20 supporters turned up today at The Valley and cleared the pitch with shovels.

Around 20 fans took part. Credit: ITN

Groundsman Colin Powell said: "We're a unique club. We moved away from here for 5 years and the fans got us back so you expect them to come down now and they're brilliant."

Work is almost complete at The Valley. Credit: ITN
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