Tyreece Campbell joined Charlton’s esteemed academy at the age of nine and on Saturday, aged 19, scored his first senior goal for the Addicks at The Valley in a 2-0 win over Barnsley.
The winger, making his fourth league start, explained doing the tunnel jump at full time was something he will never forget.
He told CharltonTV: “It was a special moment. I’ve been here at Charlton since I was nine. I’ve always come to games and seen players do that, to finally be able to do that makes me happy.”
Campbell gave the Addicks a 19th minute lead, latching on to a Jack Payne pass, taking on his defender and finishing with a low, powerful shot.
“I can’t really remember much about the goal,” he explained. “I just remember the pass coming through, the defender was coming on my right, I just hit it with my left at the near post and it went in.
“I’m so happy. I’ve been waiting for a long time and it is even better to get it at The Valley.”
Charlton kept a brave clean sheet and Campbell was full of praise for the defensive effort.
He said: “I think we were very good defensively – we made a lot of blocks put our bodies on the line and we got three points thankfully.
“It’s important [to build on the home form], hopefully we can carry it on and climb the table.”
Charlton fans can support the academy by signing up to the Valley Gold scheme. Valley Gold enables fans to support the club’s academy in unearthing the talents of tomorrow, as well as giving them the chance to win cash prizes.