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Charlton Athletic have laid down the gauntlet, but can it be done?

1 May 2015

Bournemouth all but sealed their promotion to the Premier League on Monday night, but Charlton Athletic were keen to point out that they're not over the line just yet.

The Cherries' 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers put them three points clear of Middlesbrough with one game remaining, but their far superior goal difference means it is almost an impossible task for Boro to take second place off their hands.

However, Charlton's official Twitter account pointed out that a 19-0 defeat at The Valley was not out of the question. So, how likely is it? Well, it would be a Football League record were the Addicks to pull off that success.

Bournemouth celebrating like they've completely ruled out a 19-0 defeat at The Valley on Saturday. We'll see... #cafc

— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) April 27, 2015

The record margin of victory is 13-0 and that has been achieved twice in history of The League. Stockport County hammered Halifax in 1934 in the Division Three North and it was unlucky 13 for Newport County in 1946, when they were on the receiving end of a Second Division thrashing by Newcastle United.

Birmingham City recorded two 12-0 triumphs before the War, easing past Doncaster Rovers and Walsall. And the Saddlers make the list again for the wrong reasons – Darwen exacted the same scoreline on them in 1896.

Darwen, who were Football League members between 1891 and 1899, were familiar with that scoreline from four years previous, when West Bromwich Albion cruised to victory over them in Division One.

In fact, no game has produced 19 goals in the 126-year history of The Football League. A Division Three North clash on Boxing Day in 1935 saw the ball fly into the net on 17 occasions - Tranmere Rovers fired 13 past Oldham Athletic, with the Latics hitting four in reply, and the 13-4 scoreline remains the record for most goals in a single League match.

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