Jack Belton wins Steve Clarke Trophy


U16s captain Jack Belton is the winner of the 2024 Steve Clarke Trophy.

The accolade, which recognises outstanding progress at U16 level, was presented to Belton at The Valley ahead of the young Addicks' Premier League Professional Development League Cup triumph against Bristol City.

Belton becomes the third recipient of the award, following in the footsteps of Henry Rylah and Jacob Safa.

Steve Clarke was a much-loved Charlton supporter who died in September 2020. He had been an Addicks fan for more than 50 years, and was also a Valley Party candidate, chair of the supporters club, the first ever Charlton supporter director and chair of the Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust (CAST).

Following his death, the CAST board opted to commemorate him in the form of an annual award, presented to the U16 player who best represented the following qualities:

  • Contribution to the team performance
  • Consistent individual performance and progress
  • Outstanding personal qualities that contribute to and develop team ethic and togetherness
  • Educational achievements in the football scholarship

Youth Development Phase Lead Coach Kieran Culleton nominated Belton and was full of praise for the youngster: “Throughout his academy journey, Jack has continued to show characteristics of what we expect from a Charlton Athletic player. 

“He is a hard-working, humble and driven young man who does everything to the best of his ability. He is polite, respectful and leads the team through the high standards he sets. We are delighted to have Jack as the very worthy recipient of this award.”

Belton was heavily involved in Tuesday’s final, winning the Player of the Match award following an impressive performance in the middle of the park. The midfielder converted Charlton's first penalty in the shootout, which Culleton's side won 5-4 following a thrilling 3-3 draw in normal time.


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.

Click here for more information on how you can become a Valley Gold member.

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