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Sunday, 21-Mar-2010 10:54 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Into the 'dreaded last ten'

CAFC 2 Gillingham 2, 20th March 2010
So here we are - into the dreaded last ten matches of the season. Why 'dreaded'? Well, just take a look at our record in recent years:

1998/1999 D, L, W, L, D, L, L, D, W, L (9/30 - Prem
1999/2000 W, W, W, D, D, L, D, D, L, L (13/30) - 1st div (now C'ship)
2000/2001 D, L, W, L, L, D, W, W, L, L (11/30) - Prem
2001/2002 D, W, L, L, L, L, D, L, D, D (7/30) - Prem
2002/2003 L, L, D, L, L, L, L, W, L, L (4/30) - Prem
2003/2004 L, L, D, W, D, L, L, D, D, W (10/30) - Prem
2004/2005 W, L, D, L, L, D, L, L, L, D (6/30) - Prem
2005/2006 W, L, W, D, D, L, W, L, L, L (11/30) - Prem
2006/2007 D, W, W, D, D, L, D, L, L, D (11/30) - Prem
2007/2008 L, L, L, D, L, W, D, L, L, W (8/30) - C'ship
2008/2009 D, L, D, W, D, D, D, D, L, W (12/30) - C'ship
2009/2010 D, (1/3) - 1st div

At least if we get another 12 points like last season we should be in the playoffs

We thought we were headed for a great win when Richardson's long range effort trickled past the keeper, but Gillingham hit back straight from the kick-off with a superb shot that flew past Elliott and then went ahead just on half-time The visiting supporters, who had packed out the Jimmy Seed stand, were understandably ecstatic.

The second half was very entertaining and Charlton nerves were eased when the under-rated Mooney hit the equaliser on the hour. We might even have nicked a win in the end, but that would have been a bit unfair on Gillingham.

We won't get automatic promotion with the current squad, and might well struggle in the play-offs. And even if we do get back to the Championship we'd do well to cling on unless there's loads more cash to play with. Still, times like these make the good days even sweeter


Sunday, 7-Mar-2010 13:17 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Charlton nod off again

CAFC 2 Stockport 0, 8th March 2010
I hadn't expected to have much luck finding away supporters in the Rose of Denmark before the game, especially given a string of understandable 'no shows' this season. However, I spotted a youngster, accompanied by a family group, wearing Stockport's blue and white colours, .

It's always a bit tricky approaching away supporters to ask them if they'd like to be in our matchday photo. I'm always aware that stepping up to them and asking, for example, "Are you Stockport?" could lead to misunderstanding. Mind you, asking, "Are you Millwall / Palace" could cause altogether different problems!

Yesterday was another one of those occasions when it was obvious immediately that we'd found a group of really nice people who have very similar views on supporting their team that we have. I was amazed at how much they knew about Charlton's history.

Before the kickoff there was a full one minute's impeccably-observed silence for Keith Alexander, the manager of Macclesfield who had died suddenly earlier in the week.

We were two goals up after only ten minutes, one an own goal and the second a nice header from Akpo Sodje. That was the score that I'd predicted in the pub before the game, but at that point I really couldn't see it staying that way for another 80 minutes. However, Charlton went to sleep, as we often do even when we're not in front and let Stockport off the hook. In the second half they even started to close us down and take the game to us, which was a bit of a worry.

The three points bought us a bit of breathing space over Colchester and Swindon below us, and if Brighton can continue their recent run of good form and beat Colchester away on Monday night that'll help us stay in third place. Another bonus was that Leeds could only draw, so we're now only two points behind them. With Norwich effectively beyond our reach, barring a final ten games for them that are as bad as our traditional end to the season, we're slugging it out with Leeds for the second automatic promotion slot.


Thursday, 25-Feb-2010 11:55 Email | Share | | Bookmark
The better team won

CAFC 1 Brighton 2, 23rd February 2010
All the positives about Tuesday night's match against Brighton relate to our visitors. One comment after the match on the Charlton mailing list referred to, 'Brighton's fantastic February midweek support at The Valley last night. There's a club whose fans have been hammered by the effects of mismanagement and worse for 15 years, are in grave danger of being relegated to the Fourth Division and still turn up with half their home crowd.'

Much credit indeed to the team and their supporters. It's good to know that Falmer's being built. The first match there will be like Charlton's return to The Valley in 1992 following our much shorter 'exile'.

Charlton's prospects on the night plunged when Deon Burton had to be substituted. In his absence his team mates capitulated and didn't really seem bothered that they'd lost. Someone needs to get hold of our precious players and 'explain' to them, violently if needs be, that in exchange for their six-figure annual incomes we expect to see a bit of pride in putting on OUR shirt.

In truth, we seem to have accumulated a fair number of fairly untalented players who are suffering from utter lack of leadership. Former players such as John Robinson, Steve Browen and Derek Hales, who never fell short as far as passion and determination were concerned, must be looking at our current squad in angry amazement.

But credit to Brighton - they played as a team, stuck to their tasks and worked hard. Their victory was deserved and, to be blunt, I wish that I'd seen the same care and commitment from the blokes in red. Sort it aht, Parky!



Monday, 15-Feb-2010 12:28 Email | Share | | Bookmark

CAFC 1 Tranmere 1, 30th January 2010
Our previous two home games, Hartlepool and Orient, were on weekday nights, and on neither occasion could we find any away supporters in the RoD.

For Hartlepool that was hardly surprising given the distance that their supporters had to travel on a cold Tuesday night, but we'd rather expected to see some Orient fans the following Monday night. It could well have been that there were a few amongst us that night, incognito, which would have been a shame as we always enjoy the opportunity to welcome away supporters.

On Saturday 30th January we welcomed Tranmere and were pleased to find some enthusiastic visitors who were happy to join us in our traditional photo. I was unable to post the photo here until now since even as the match kicked off I was en route to the Caribbean and have only just returned - sorry!

We struggled to yet another draw, so again felt disappointed, but unsurprsingly the Tranmere visitors felt differently about it. Afterwards Tristan wrote to say what a great day out they'd had. 'Thanks so much for being what football is all about. Your pub is brilliant. It would make our day if you could stick our photo on the website and photo wall.'

'We had the best football day out in a long, long time yesterday. Decent battling performance from Tranmere, great away point, cracking second half, great atmosphere and to top it off, 'The Rose of Denmark'. What more could you ask for?'

'Brilliant day - thanks to your pub for helping make it so good.'

Thanks, Tristan! As we've often said in the past, it was a great day out spoiled by 90 minutes of football - well, as far as Charlton were concerned anyway


Sunday, 27-Dec-2009 18:49 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Storming draws

CAFC 2 Swindon 2, 26th December 2009
Because of understandable security concerns the Rose of Denmark was closed to away supporters on Saturday 19th December, both before and after the Millwall game, so there was no matchday photo that day. The match was a pulsating 4-4 draw, with many of us feeling that this was a point gained rather than two lost.

Yesterday we faced Swindon, and I doubt that anyone expected another incident-packed draw that we'd feel ourselves lucky to have gained a point from, and yet that's what happened. We played all of the second half with only nine players, with Sam Sodje and Deon Burton having been justifiably sent off. Our equaliser came deep in extra time.

These two shaky results led to Norwich supplanting us as second favourites to Leeds for promotion, and it's hardly as surprise. In an ideal world Parkinson would have a hefty sum to spend when the transfer window opens, but unless we can raise a few bob through sales it's unlikely there'll be any substantial new arrivals in January.

So, Parky will have to squeeze better results from his existing squad, getting them to play more as a team, avoid hot-headed tackles and forego their petulant, self-indulgent rants at officials that lead to cards.


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