After Tuesday night I was wondering if that was the highest aggregate score I have ever seen at The Valley and I think that it was. The closest I can remember is a 4-4 draw with Norwich when were 2-4 down not long before the end. To my everlasting disappointment I missed the 7-6 against Huddersfield as we were Christmas shopping in Woolwich, so all I have is the commemorative sweatshirt (which attracted a lot of interest when I wore it when I was living in the States).
Thanks to research by Chalfont St. Peter Addick Richard Sheppard we have found that the last 5-4 was in wartime when we beat Crystal Palace in South A Regional League on 30 December 1939 in front of a crowd of 1,910. Our score included an own goal and a penalty, but we missed a penalty as well.
1960 was a bumper year for high scores. On Boxing Day we beat Plymouth Argyle 6-4 at The Valley in front of a crowd of 11,196, the order of the goals being 0-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3. 4-3, 4-4, 6-4. Stuart Leary scored for Charlton. We went to Plymouth the following day and lost 6-4. The match went 1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2. 4-2, 4-3, 5-3, 5-4, 6-4. The match marked Hewie's first appearance after his return from South Africa, but he gave away a penalty. Duff was the Charlton keeper.
On October 1st in that year we hadbeaten Portsmouth 7-4 at The Valley. Then a fortnight later we had 6-6 draw with Middlesbrough with seven of the goals arriving in a 17-minute spell. The final Charlton equaliser was scored by Summers in the 89th minute.
Other high scores in the calendar year 1960 were Cardiff City 5, Charlton 1; Charlton 5, Plymouth Argyle 2; Swansea 5, Charlton 2; Lincoln 5, Charlton 3; Charlton 5, Scunthorpe 2; Charlton 6, Portsmouth 1; Brighton 3, Charlton 5.
Duff was the unchallenged Charlton keeper during this period, having been brought in after leaving the Army. Whilst playing for the Addicks he conceded 231 goals. On one occasion he was suspended for 14 days after knocking out Everton's David Hickson. He was sold to Peterborough in 1963.
In 1978 we drew 5-5 with Bristol Rovers away. This was the highest scoring draw in the Football League for 12 years.
In 1995-6 we beat then Premier League outfit Wimbledon 5-4 in the league cup at Selhurst Park. Bowyer became the youngest Charlton player to score a hat-trick in an away game. Among the Charlton scorers was Garland and I remember seeing a video of the highights of the match: his goal might be summed up as 'lucky strike from guy who had eaten too many pies.'
I was among the 9,824 at The Valley for the return fixture. Like the first leg, it was an ill tempered affair with lots of bookings. It was 2-3 after 90 minutes which put the match into extra time. Johnnie Robinson, having earlier given away a penalty, scored the decisive goal on 97 minutes. I think I have a video of that match somewhere. We went out in a 3rd round replay at home to Wolves.