Charlton Athletic are saddened to hear of the passing of former player Matt Tees at the age of 81.
A hugely-popular player during his time at The Valley, he signed for the club in 1966 and went on to score 33 times in 95 appearances in all competitions for the Addicks.
Known for his braveness in the box, Tees’ heading ability was second-to-none and he was a firm fan favourite for those who watched him from the terraces in SE7 during his four years representing Charlton.
Club Ambassador, Keith Peacock, paid tribute to his former teammate, saying: “He was probably the best header of the ball I’d ever seen. He wasn’t the biggest, but he had this ability to hang in the air.
“I started to play on the wing and if I got any decent ball in there, we knew we always had a chance of him scoring or creating a goal.
“He was my roommate for two years and was a lovely lad. He would chatter away in his broad Scottish accent and he was so popular with all the players and fans.
“He’s another of that excellent 1968/69 who came so close to going up and, along with Harry Gregory, Ray Treacy and Graham Moore, he will be truly missed.”
Tees was married to the sister of Addicks teammate Charlie Wright. The duo played alongside each other for Grimsby Town where Tees remains a club legend having netted 93 goals in 196 league appearances for the Mariners during two spells between 1963-67 and 1971-73.
Born in Johnstone, Scotland, he also represented Forfar Athletic, Airdrieonians, Luton Town and Boston United during his career which saw him score a total of 150 goals in 363 league appearances.
Everyone at Charlton Athletic would like to extend their condolences to Matt’s family at this difficult time.