What are Charlton Athletic's last Premier League XI doing now?

Tottenham's Noureddine Naybet and Charlton's Darren Bent in action

This time 10 years ago, and Charlton were still plying their trade in England's top flight.

The Valley - Charlton AthleticThe Valley - Charlton Athletic

It's fair to say that being a Charlton Athletic supporter at this moment in time isn't entirely glamorous, considering the fans are doing all they can to get rid of an owner who's brought them so much grief and the club themselves are in League One.

It hasn't always been like this, though. 10 years ago, the Addicks had drawn 2-2 away at Watford in their last fixture, and would then go on to defeat Newcastle United 2-0 in their next - with Charlton being a Premier League club at the time.

Ultimately, the Addicks would go down that season, but considering the club are currently 14th in League One and just ended an eight match winless run, their fans may appreciate a throwback to days gone by. Here's what happened to Charlton's last Premier League XI, who took the field in a 4-5-1 formation against Liverpool at Anfield - in what ended a 2-2 draw - next.

 

Goalkeeper - Darren Randolph

The Charlton academy graduate is still in the Premier League as West Ham United's first choice goalkeeper, though he had a strange way of getting there. Randolph remained at The Valley until 2010, where he departed for Scottish Premiership side Motherwell, but impressed so much north of the border that Birmingham City took a chance on him in 2013. He remained at St Andrews for two years, before West Ham signed him in 2015.

Right Back - Luke Young

Upon relegation to the Championship, Young was straight out the door and was sold to Middlesbrough, where he had an excellent season to the point Europe chasing Aston Villa made a move for him in 2008. Young remained at Villa Park until 2011, before signing for Queens Park Rangers. His time at Loftus Road was marred by injuries however, and Young would retire in 2014.

Centre Back - Madjid Bougherra

A January 2007 transfer window signing, Bougherra remained with Charlton for a year after their relegation, but ultimately departed for Rangers in the summer of 2008. After three years at Ibrox, Bougherra joined Qatar side Lekhwiya in 2011, and remained there until 2014 before signing for UAE side Al-Fujairah. In 2016, Bougherra returned to Europe with Greek side Aris Thessaloniki, but featured once before retiring later that year. 

Wade Elliott - Burnley and Hermann Hreidarsson - PortsmouthWade Elliott - Burnley and Hermann Hreidarsson - Portsmouth

Centre Back - Herman Hreidarsson

The word 'relegation' will forever be associated with Hreidarsson, and Charlton were the fourth Premier League team he got relegated with. Hreidarsson left immediately after relegation and joined Portsmouth, where he won the 2008 FA Cup. However, Pompey ended up as his fifth Premier League relegation in 2010, but it didn't stop there. In the 2011/12 season, Hreidarsson played for both Portsmouth and Coventry City, whom he joined in January 2012 on a free, and both sides were relegated to League One come May 2012. Hreidarsson returned to his native Iceland that summer, and retired in 2014.

Left Back - Ben Thatcher 

Another January 2007 transfer window signing, Thatcher - who arrived from Manchester City is still best remembered for elbowing Pedro Mendes into an advertisement hoarding in 2006. His time at Charlton extended beyond relegation to the Championship, though he did leave in 2008 for Ipswich Town. However, he had his contract terminated by Roy Keane in 2010, and retired afterwards. 

Right Midfield - Zheng Zhi

A peculiar transfer, in that Zhi was signed on loan in December 2006, returned to his parent club Shandong Luneng, played for them again, before signing a permanent deal at the Valley. Zhi remained with Charlton until September 2009, with the club just being relegated to League One, and signed for Celtic. After a year at Celtic, he returned to China with Guangzhou Evergrande in 2010, and is still playing for them now. He also remains China's captain, at the age of 36.

Celtic's Zheng Zhi (L) and Hearts' Jose Goncalves in actionCeltic's Zheng Zhi (L) and Hearts' Jose Goncalves in action

Central Midfield - Darren Ambrose

While Ambrose did fairly well at Charlton, it was with the Addicks' South London rivals Crystal Palace where he became a firm fans favourite. Ambrose remained with Charlton until the 2009 summer before moving to Selhurst Park on a free transfer, and it didn't take long for Palace fans to adore their new midfielder, especially with a number of stunning strikes - namely against Manchester United at Old Trafford. In 2012, Ambrose signed for Birmingham City, though he left in 2014 for Ipswich Town. After Ipswich, he joined Colchester United in 2015, and is currently a free agent.

Central Midfield - Matt Holland

Holland scored the first goal of the match after just two minutes, as Charlton went about saying goodbye to the Premier League in the best way possible. After relegation, Holland remained with the Addicks, and would stay there until being released following their second relegation in two years in 2009. Holland retired afterwards, and is now a pundit on BBC.

Central Midfield - Alex Song

Before Song became a colossus at Arsenal that saw him move to Barcelona, he had to learn to walk before he could run - and did so with Charlton. The Cameroon midfielder signed on loan from January 2007 and would feature 12 times for the Addicks, before returning to the Emirates. Song spent four years at Barcelona after signing in 2012, though two of those were on loan at West Ham United, and now plays for Rubin Kazan in the Russian Premier League. 

Liverpool's Luis Garcia in action against Arsenal's Alex SongLiverpool's Luis Garcia in action against Arsenal's Alex Song

Left Midfield - Lloyd Sam

Relegation actually worked in the versatile winger's favour, as he became an integral first team member following Charlton's descend into the Championship. Sam racked up 119 league appearances for the Addicks before departing for Leeds United in 2010, but after two years at Elland Road, went to the MLS with New York Red Bulls. He's still in the MLS now, though as of 2016, is with DC United.

Striker - Darren Bent

Charlton's star striker - who scored the Addicks' second goal in the 2-2 draw - was never going to hang around after relegation to the Championship, and was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for a club record sale of £16.5m, as reported by the club's official website. Bent remained with Spurs until 2009, where he then moved to Sunderland. At Sunderland, Bent was magnificent, and would move again for big money - this time to Aston Villa. After loan spells at Fulham and Brighton and Hove Albion, Bent signed for Derby County on a free transfer, and he's still there now.

 

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