Top pop drummer Steve White has travelled the world playing for Paul Weller, The Who and Oasis.

But wherever he goes, he's always yearning for a return to The Valley to see his beloved Charlton Athletic.

White was born in Bermondsey, South London, and says he cannot remember a time when he did not live and breathe Charlton.

His family are all followers of the Coca-Cola Championship club, and White says it was only natural for him to spend Saturday afternoons cheering on the Addicks before rushing off to play a gig.

White said: "I had no choice about who I supported when I was a kid!  Charlton have always been our family team.

"My dad and uncle were pals with Keith Peacock and Arthur Horsfield way back when. I can never remember not being a Charlton supporter. My grandad was one, my dad is, and my uncles are, too."

White's first memory of his many trips to the club was a miserable one in 1976 which ended in defeat.

However, despite vowing to give football a miss, his second visit saw the Addicks record a resounding win which changed his outlook.

He added: "I can remember the first time. It was freezing and we were playing Bolton. We lost and I can remember telling myself not to come anymore.

"However, it was pretty soon after we beat Southampton 6-2 and I was happy again.

"I remember watching the game from the West Stand, which is where I sit now with my son and my dad."

With over 30 years of visits to The Valley behind him, White has seen plenty of players wear the red shirt of Charlton.

But the one who ranks as his all-time favourite is veteran left-back Chris Powell.

White said: "Chris Powell has to be up there because he personifies something about the old game - pride and passion.

"He has been a great player for us and always does his best for the club. I remember on one occasion when I accidentally bet on him to score against Spurs.

"When I realised my mistake I almost threw the slip away. But Chris scored and netted me £140! I also liked Derek 'Killer' Hales, Clive Mendonca and it was great when Paolo Di Canio was with us, too."

Despite his hectic schedule on the road with the bands, White is still a regular at The Valley.

He is unable to commit to away games but last season, he only missed three home matches. With the new campaign under way, White is optimistic about Alan Pardew's team's chances of finishing in the top six.

White added: "I'd like to see some of the Academy kids playing this season and I'm predicting we'll reach the Play-Offs and finish above Crystal Palace!"

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