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Sunday, 6-Dec-2009 10:45 Email | Share | | Bookmark
At least we won - just

CAFC 1 Southend 0, 5th December 2009
On the 17th anniversary of our emotional return to The Valley the team served up a nostalgic 1-0 scoreline.

Frankly, it wasn't a dreadfully enjoyable game, especially in the second half. For reasons that were beyond the three of us in the Upper West the team simply sat back and allowed Southend to come at them in the second half, seemingly content to wait for them to concede the ball by accident - not good tactics with only a one goal lead.

In the event the win was a really handy one, with Leeds and Huudersfield drawing at Elland Road and another win by Norwich below us.


Wednesday, 25-Nov-2009 13:06 Email | Share | | Bookmark
"We've got two Sodjes, he's had two bookings!"

CAFC 4 Bristol City 2, 24th November 2009
Another breezy night and four more goals - that's nine in two games. Let's hope for a windy winter

Two goals up in ten minutes had us on the verge of chanting to the away fans, 'Are you Wigan in disguise', but gradually we took our foot off the pedal and Bristol came into it more, pulling back a penalty by half time. Early in the second half they deservedly equalised after intense pressure on the Charlton goal, and things stayed hectic for ther rest of the match, even after we scored two more.

The referee was the talking point of the night though. The match was pretty much average for incidents, and yet the ref still managed to book eight players. That just has to be seen as more a measure of his performance than anything else. His problem was that having fussily booked players early on rather than just lecturing them he could only remain consistent by then penalising all similar incidents throughout the game.

When, late on, he booked Bristol's number 4, Lines, we all fully expected to see the player sent off because the scoreboard showed that he had already been booked, and yet Lines remained on the pitch. The crowd drew his attention to this with chants of 'You don't know what you're doing', 'You'll be sacked in the morning' and, best of all, 'We've got two Sodjes, he's had two bookings!' The officials, however, remained completely unconcerned.

On the way to the pub after the game I suspected that maybe there'd been a mistake in the box and that the first yellow flag had been put against Lines' name in error, but it seems that this was entirely down to the officials themselves. The fourth official, who'd been hyperactive all match, told a Charlton official in the tunnel that No. 4 had been booked, that this had not yet been put up on the screen and this oversight should be corrected. The lads who control the screen were therefore acting under official instructions.

For an amusing account of the antics of the fourth official throughout the game take a look at Dr Kish's blog at http://charltonathleticonline.blogspot.com/2009/11/six-more-at-home.html


Sunday, 15-Nov-2009 08:44 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Team clicks at last

CAFC 5 MK Dons 1, 14th November 2009
The wind was strong and bitterly cold but in many ways it hardly affected the game. Certainly, the home crowd found plenty in the afternoon's events to warm the heart!

MK Dons arrived at The Valley with seven wins in their last eight matches behind them, against Charlton's measly two. It was entirely reasonable to expect us to have a tough afternoon. However, an early goal by the Dons was pulled back within two minutes by the excellent Mooney, and the rest of the game was fast-paced and exciting - it must have been incredibly entertaining for any neutrals who saw it. MKD were consistently dangerous in the first half, but fell apart in the second after Ince's unjustified rant at the referee at the break.

Pleasingly, the five goals came from five separate players, and if two long-range lobs from Bailey had come off there could easily have been two more. Burton seemed to relish having someone working hard alongside him for a change who would share the workload and make a few chances for him. Semedo worked tirelessly all match and more than made up for a strangely uncertain performance from the usually-cocky Youga. My man of the match would have been Mooney for the catalytic effect his hard work had on the team.

MK Dons brought a fair-sized contingent of supporters with them but, strangely, none of them apparently made it to the Rose of Denmark, which was as empty as I've ever seen it for a 3pm kickoff.



Thursday, 22-Oct-2009 13:52 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Huddersfield

CAFC 2 Huddersfield 1, 17th October 2009
The second match on the trot that I'd missed while away. It sounded as if we were lucky to hold off Huddersfield for the win.

Thanks again to Geoff for taking the matchday photo in my absence.


Monday, 12-Oct-2009 16:02 Email | Share | | Bookmark
At last!

CAFC 0 Oldham 0, 10th October 2009
I missed the Oldham game as I was in Mexico for my granddaughter's christening, and the two weeks since I got back have been desperately hectic. Here at last is the photo taken that day of the visiting Oldham supporters.

Geoff, who took the photo in my absence, wrote to me: 'A very nice group of people who were keen to visit a ground most of them had never been to as they don't think we'll be in the same division next season, i.e. they think we'll be promoted. I hope they're right!' Since then Charlton have stumbled a bit, and although we're still in second place (as of 7th November) we've lost touch with Leeds a bit and the teams below us have caught up.

The flag that the Oldham supporters are holding honours a former player who died last year of cancer at a ridiculously early age. You can read all about it at http://www.ernieflag.co.uk/site/ and they also have a nice report about their day out in 'Sarf Lundun'.This is all about football's roots in local communities and is a million miles away from the madness of the Premiership and its ludicrously, overpaid, dissolute, arrogant prima donnas.

It's a pleasure to meet real supporters like Oldham's, and it reminded me of when we played Preston last season and they all turned up in bowler hats in memory of departed friends. Real people, real communities.


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