Chris Powell pays tribute to Jackson in Saturday's Valley Review

Charlton legend Chris Powell pens a very special column in Saturday’s programme as Valley Review pays tribute to the career of Johnnie Jackson.

With Jackson’s playing career drawing to a close at the end of the 2017/18 season, the matchday programme for the visit of Blackburn Rovers will be dedicated to the skipper, including an extended 10-page interview with the man himself, while we also include four pages of supporters’ memories, hear from his first Charlton boss Phil Parkinson and take a look back at every single Addicks goal he scored.

But the most poignant article, perhaps, comes from the man who first placed the captain’s armband on Jackson.

Below is a short extract taken from Powell’s column which appears in Saturday’s Valley Review as he recalls his decision to make the midfielder his skipper:

I played with some good Charlton captains over the years, Mark Kinsella being one, who were always quite iconic to the fans. During that pre-season, I gave the armband to four or five different players and we wanted someone that the fans would relate to. I watched intently how the players were with each other and it boiled down to two – Jacko and Matt Taylor and in the last home game of pre-season, I felt that Jacko was the one.

The fans liked him, he scored important goals and he was already a leader in a different way. That armband just lifted him to another level. He’s got iconic Charlton status now, but he was always the one I felt would be the one to lead the team into that new season.

Everyone loves that 2011/12 campaign and it was, without doubt, Jacko’s season. Bradley Wright-Phillips and Yann Kermorgant, as well as many other players, scored a lot of important goals, but none more so than him. It cemented what I thought he could bring to the team. I knew he would bring goals and creativity, but he was the one that everyone looked up to – the players and the supporters – and it made him grow as a person. He was so influential on and off the field and it just suited him. I was really pleased that it was a decision that I got right and it has lasted so many years with him continuing to lead the side.

Powell’s full column can be found in Saturday’s bumper 92-page edition of Valley Review, priced £5 and will be available to purchase from in around the ground as well as in the Valley Superstore.

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