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Checking out Charlton...

A look back at previous clashes against the Londoners, who we'll host on the opening day of the season

20 June 2019

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Following the release of the Sky Bet Championship fixtures, it was confirmed Rovers will host Charlton Athletic on the opening day of the season.

So we've decided to go through the archives to see what team has fared better across the numerous battles between the two sides.

The last meeting came in April 2018, soon after Rovers had clinched promotion back to the Championship.

Jason Pearce's strike proved the difference on the day at The Valley, in what was to be Rovers' final away trip of our successful 2017-18 campaign.

But the last clash at Ewood Park went Rovers' way; Danny Graham's close range header in added time followed on from a Leon Best own goal after half an hour as we ran out 2-0 winners.

Rovers have actually never taken on The Addicks on the opening day of the season before, but the London outfit were our first home opponent at the beginning of the 1966-67 campaign.

Goals from Allan Gilliver and Andy McEvoy earned Rovers a 2-1 win on home turf, with the victory continuing our 100% start to that term having beaten Derby County 3-1 in the opening clash of that season.

Of course, our most famous encounter against Charlton was in the Full Members Cup final at Wembley in March 1987.

Colin Hendry's goal was enough for Rovers to take the trophy back north after a 1-0 victory.

Rovers have won each of the last three clashes against The Addicks at Ewood, keeping clean sheets in all of those games.

We also have the upper hand in the head to head stats, winning 36 games against the south Londoners. There have also been 17 draws in that time, with Charlton earning victory on 26 occasions.

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