Jack Belton wins the Steve Clarke trophy

Jack Belton (seen above with his parents) is the 2024 winner of The Steve Clarke trophy.

Steve Clarke was a greatly respected and much-loved Charlton supporter who died of cancer of the kidney in September 2020 at the age of sixty five. Steve was a Valley Party candidate; chair of the CAFC supporters club; the first CAFC supporter director and chair of CAST from 2015 - 2017.  After his death the CAST board decided to preserve his memory by presenting an annual award to the player in the CAFC Academy under 16 group who best exhibited 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

Academy under-16s coach Kieran Cullerton nominated Jack and praised him as follows:

“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.”

Jack received the trophy before he captained the under 16's in the Premier League Professional Development League Cup Final against Bristol City at The Valley on Tuesday night. It was an eventful evening for Jack as, having expertly led his team to a 3-2 lead, he unfortunately diverted a Bristol header into his own net in the eighth minute of time added on to take the tie into extra time.

There were no goals in extra time so the match went to penalties. Jack stood up and took the first penalty with great authority to put the young Addicks 1-0 up. His four team mates followed his example and Charlton won the trophy 5-4.

The full match report:



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