Monday, 4 May 2015

Sean Bartlett pays tribute to Charlton

Sean Bartlett has paid tribute to the part Charlton played in his evolution from player to promising coach with his Durban side winning promotion to the top flight of South African football: Bartlett

A great player and a great bloke, I still have my commemorative t-shirt for his wonder goal.

The family took me away to Dorset for the weekend which, of course, emptied out on Saturday, but I will give my reflections on the season later in the week.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Senior Cup won

Jason Euell and his development side last night won the 126th Kent FA Senior Cup Final at Gillingham 1-0 with an excellent goal scored by Karlan Ahearne-Grant. It wasn't a particularly good game but the result was right. Karlan got man of the match and Dillon Phillips in goal made a good save to keep Gillingham out. This was only the second time the two teams had met in the final (the last time being in 1995 when Charlton won 4-2.

According to a tweet from Peter Finch, Gillingham put out a number of first team players.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Simon Francis

An article about the former Addick, now with Bournemouth, in the Sun yesterday has caused some controversy.

Written by his stepbrother, it says a move to Charlton should have worked out. It seriously did not. The fans thought he was poor and the team struggled. 'The fans always wanted me to just dive in the whole time. I always just thought, "That's thick You get sent off, it hurts the team."' One might have thought that he would have moved on by now, but it clearly still rankles.

Some Addicks argue that his performances were abject. An alternative view is that 'at the time we were crap and the atmosphere at The Valley wasn't great. Francis used to get dogs abuse at the time which to me doesn't help a player improve their game. Some players are stronger and can cope with it and will improve, some won't and live down to the abuse they are getting.'

'Francis has shown he has the ability and has moved on to better things with Bournemouth, whether he proves good enough for the premiership and Howe gets someone else in time will tell. {Somehow I doubt it]. Howe obviously knows how to get the best out of players from the lower leagues when you look at that Bournemouth side.'

Fans may get the chance to form their own view on Saturday.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

A Day with Liverpool Academy

We hosted Liverpool Academy for a couple of days. The lads were modest and appreciative of what was being made available to them. They all have agents, though, and the left back told us that he is on 3k a week.

I thought that they would slaughter our first XI and they dominated the first ten minutes. The first time a Warwick player struck the ball there was a cheer from the crowd of a few hundred. But the home side grew in confidence with History student Jake Allingan capable in goal. Liverpool were composed in their approach work, playing the ball along the ground and their penetration was good. However, they were less impressive in the final third and their finishing was less than clinical. Then Warwick seized their opportunity and English literature student Stuart Bryan put Warwick ahead before half time.

Liverpool equalised after the break with a tap in, but Bryan pounced on a keeper error to make it 2-1. Liverpool then equalised from a corner and then went 3-2 ahead. A well struck penalty for Liverpool seemed to put the game beyond doubt, but Warwick made it 3-4 from a corner. A good, competitive game of football.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Bournemouth prepare for promotion party

Bournemouth fans were in a queue through the night for tickets for Saturday's game at The Valley (they don't have a loyalty scheme). If they beat Charlton, and Watford slip up to the Massives, they could even end up as champions.

Are Bournemouth the underdogs they are portrayed as? This issue is considered on our sister site: True Underdogs?

Please bear in mind that trains from the London direction will be disrupted on Saturday with departures from Victoria.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Gomez should stay at The Valley, insists Luzon

Four Premier League clubs - Arsenal, Everton, Manchester City and Newcastle United - are now showing an interest in Joe Gomez.

However, Guy Luzon insists that he would be better off staying at The Valley. Luzon told The Football League Paper, 'I think now he is not ready to play in the Premier League. Now at his age he needs to play and only by playing consistently will he improve his level.'

'It is no doubt that we are the best place for him now. For the club and for him the best thing is to stay.'

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Last away game ends in defeat

It was a disappointing afternoon for the 1,069 Addicks who made the journey to St. Andrews this afternoon for the last away game of the season as Charlton went down 1-0 to Birmingham City.

The first corner of the game went to Charlton after two minutes. Somewhat oddly, the ball was played back to the halfway line and the move petered out with a Birmingham free kick.

Tesche put in a shot from 30 yards out, Henderson did well to tip it on to the crossbar and Roger Johnson cleared at the expense of a corner.

Johnson blocked well to deal with a shot from Gray. Fabbrini had a good opportunity but put the ball just wide.

Charlton made a good move down the left involving Morgan Fox who put a good cross in but it was well cut out by Morrison.

Birmingham won a corner after a quickly taken free kick. The short corner routine did not go to plan for the Blues.

Watt cut on to his left foot twenty yards out, it looked as if it was going into the top corner, but Randolph saved well, tipping the ball over the bar. The corner was ultimately unproductive.

Fox defended well at the expense of a corner as Gray threatened. Their short corner routine was followed by another. Henderson claimed the ball.

Grounds put in a good shot but Henderson saved well, tipping the ball round the post. Charlton tried to build an attack after the corner.

Birmingham won another corner as the half came to a close, but Gray sliced the ball out for a Charlton goal kick. No time was added on.

HT 0-0

A Solly cross was headed behind for an early Charlton corner. Roger Johnson had to concede a corner at the other end, being greeted with boos by the home fans. The Blues got a second corner. After further play, Roger Johnson was able to head clear. However, Birmingham soon won another corner, followed by yet another. Watt was able to come away with the ball, but Birmingham attacked again. Cotterill took a shot which was the wrong option.

Tal Ben Haim had to deal with a dangerous cross. Solly had to deal with further pressure by putting the ball out for a corner.

After Johnson gave the ball away with a sloppy pass, Cotterill clipped the outside of the post.

Charlton had a good break, but Randolph put the ball behind from Vetokele’s shot.

Bulot went off and Eagles came on. Charlton had a period of pressure with a possible chance for Solly, but it all came to nothing.

Randolph saved well off Watt after a Charlton break which was three on two. Roger Johnson then had to head behind for the 12th Birmingham corner of the game. Solly did well to block the ball. Cotterill was taken off and Dyer came on.

The Blues got another corner. Johnson headed clear.

Dyer sliced a shot wide under pressure from Chris Solly. Jordan Cousins got the first yellow card of the game for a foul on the masked Fabbrini.

Church replaced Vetokele with just under 13 minutes to go. Grounds got a yellow card for taking out Church as he made a break down the right. Fabbrini was taken off to a standing ovation. The substitute Thomas put the ball from the Tal Ben Haim free kick behind for a corner.

Dyer had a lot of space on the left and scored with Henderson left with no chance as the ball went low and hard into the corner.

Charlton won a corner. Watt’s effort went wide. Charlton saved well from Caddis.

Cousins, who went down with cramp, was replaced by Diarra. A free kick was awarded against Tal Ben Haim.

Four minutes were added on. Birmingham won a late corner.

Charlton had petered out in the second half.