Monday, 11 February 2013

The man who sent Palace down

Former Charlton defender Jon Fortune has joined Chatham Town in the Ryman League Division 1 North, having been let go by Barnet following the departure from the managerial post of former Charlton player Mark Robson: Fortune

Fortune is still only 32 which is not that old for a defender, but he has had a few injury problems in his career. The manager at Chatham, Kevin Watson, was a Charlton Academy player alongside Fortune. Fortune will always be remembered as the player who scored the goal that sent Palace down at The Valley.

Apparently, he is going to be used as a striker (he did not feature in Saturday's 4-0 away win). But then that was how he started out.

Fortune is hoping to use his time at Chatham to get fit. It's a reminder that the careers of football players are not necessarily lengthy or glamorous.


Anonymous said...

it is interesting to compare the career of Fortune to the two other central defenders who we let go around the same time/slightly later: Danny Shittu and Michael Turner. Turner certainly has gone on to have a decent Premiership career and can be seen as one that got away, although when he departed in 03/04 he was a little way down the pecking order.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that these two names, Turner and Shittu should crop up. Michael Turner was the reserve captain but was never given a chance in the first team. And Danny Shittu was built like a tank, although possibly not good enough for us. How times have changed.