Timeline of Events
Those who are unfamiliar with the saga and the characters who created it, will find this timeline useful to read and refer to. It was created by Rick Everitt, Publisher of Voice of the Valley fanzine, a reliable chronicle of Charlton affairs since it first appeared during the club’s exile at Selhurst Park, 34 years ago.
27th Dec 2019
Roland Duchâtelet converts £21.5m of loans to CAFC Ltd into equity.
2nd Jan 2020
Charlton Athletic announce that the takeover is complete.
15th Jan 2020
Southall claims that ESI have a "legal obligation" to buy The Valley and Sparrows Lane within six months.
22nd Jan 2020
Lee Bowyer signs a new three-year contract.
23rd Jan 2020
ESI takeover of CAFC Ltd formally completed, according to Companies House.
24th Jan 2020
Southall claims work on a £15m redevelopment scheme at the training ground will start in the summer.
31st Jan 2020
Charlton sign Aiden McGeady, Matt Smith and David Davies on deadline day but do not disclose that the club is under a transfer embargo.
1st Feb 2020
Nimer makes his first – and only – appearance at The Valley for the 2-1 home win over Barnsley.
9th Mar 2020
Nimer posts on Instagram that he is pulling out.
10th Mar 2020
11th Mar 2020
12th Mar 2020
19th Mar 2020
6th Apr 2020
Farnell and Andrei Mihail are appointed to ESI board.
22nd May 2020
The club announces that ESI have notified it of a change in its ownership – Swansea director Huw Jenkins appears to be the buyer, but doesn't proceed.
3rd Jun 2020
Andrew Barclay's interest, together with former chief executive Peter Varney, is revealed by Voice of The Valley.
10th Jun 2020
Paul Elliott announced as the new owner of ESI and next chairman of the club.
10th Jul 2020
13th Jul 2020
The removed directors are reinstated by a court order.
7th Aug 2020
11th Aug 2020
CAFC board blocks an attempt to install Dave Jones above Steve Gallen and Bowyer.
12th Aug 2020
Farnell is removed as the club's solicitor.
13th Aug 2020
Thomas Sandgaard's interest announced by the South London Press.
17th Aug 2020
Andrew Barclay drops out in favour of Sandgaard.
1st Sep 2020
Judge Richard Pearce rejects Lex Dominus's bid for an injunction to prevent the sale of ESI to third party.
2nd Sep 2020
Pearce refuses leave to appeal but grants a seven-day interim injunction.
7th Sep 2020
Court of appeal reverses earlier decision and allows injunction on sale of ESI until trial on November 23rd.
25th Sep 2020
Sandgaard buys the club from ESI.