Prince William trained with Charlton as Curbishley wanted to ‘see what he’s got’

Prince William once trained with Charlton Athletic after Alan Curbishley admitted he wanted to "see what he's got".

The Prince of Wales paid a visit to the club's training ground back in October 2005 as part of his preparations to become the president of the Football Association the following May. He met and trained with first team players and youngsters from a community project, who heckled him with chants of "dodgy keeper" during a spell in goal.

Aston Villa fan William remains in his role as FA president today, having succeeded his uncle, the Duke of York, 16 years ago.

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Having presented his royal highness with a Charlton home shirt with "Wales W" and "2" printed on the back, then Addicks boss Alan Curbishley admitted, via the BBC: "He looks like someone who likes to stick the ball in the back of the net."

He also added: "Being landed in south London with a group of people that he perhaps doesn't know too much about, we will try to let him enjoy himself. If we can get a pair of boots that fit him we will see what he's got."

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William himself admitted that the session showed him that he was not as fit as he thought he was after enjoying a kick-about in his Eton house colours of royal blue and fawn.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, he explained: "I want to be a contributor, I don't want to be just a figurehead. I want to help the guys and… just generally support football in every way I can."

Charlton, now in League One, had started the 2005/06 season in fine form prior to William's visit, sitting in fourth place in the Premier League table at the time.

However, Curbishley's side went on to win just one of their next eight league matches, including a run of five straight defeats, before ultimately ending the campaign in 13th.


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