Saturday, 21 September 2019

Back-to-back defeats for Charlton

Centre-back Chey Dunkley scored twice as Wigan Athletic defeated Charlton 2-0. The Addicks are now 7th in the table, down from 3rd.

The Latics opened the scoring through Dunkley in the 22nd minute, as he scrambled home Charlie Mulgrew's corner. And Dunkley's second again came from a set-piece as he headed home another corner, this time from Michael Jacobs, after 70 minutes.

Wigan goalkeeper David Marshall made a string of fine saves late on but the Latics held out for a comfortable victory.

After going behind, Charlton looked unconvincing against a Wigan side who were winless in their previous seven matches. The home side continued to push in the second half, with Mulgrew nearly doubling Wigan's lead after 60 minutes when his effort struck the outside of the post from a tight angle.

Charlton were denied a consolation goal by superb keeping from Marshall in the final 30 minutes.

Shell shocked supremo Lee Bowyer said that it was the worst performance he’s seen from Charlton since he took over. He felt they weren’t ruthless with the chances they did create but they couldn’t string three passes together in the first-half.

The report from Louis Mendez can be found here: Second defeat on the trot

Friday, 20 September 2019

Wigan could get physical

Wigan and Charlton last met in League One in the 2017-18 season, with the Latics winning 3-0 away and drawing 0-0 at home on their way to promotion. Charlton have won one of their five away league matches against Wigan (W1 D1 L3) - a 3-0 win in the Championship in February 2015.

Wigan Athletic have received more yellow cards than any other Championship side this season (20). When I watched the excerpts from last Saturday's 2-2 draw with Hull City on Quest, they seemed very ready to interrupt threatening attacks with fouls. But I have to admit that 19-year old Joe Gelhradt's strike on 75 minutes was superb.

Charlton have not lost consecutive league matches in 2019 so far, last doing so in their final two games of 2018 against Coventry and Barnsley. Wigan are winless in seven matches in all competitions (D2 L5) since winning their first league match of the season at home against Cardiff City.

Since the start of last season, Charlton have won 61 per cent (W31 D10 L10) of the games when Lyle Taylor has played, compared to just 23 per cent without him (W3 D5 L5).

Forecasting a 18th place finish for the Lactics (which is where they finished last season), Four Four Two noted their poor away form last season and their much better home form. The contributor to the fan file forecast 14th and noted there is nowhere decent near the ground to get a pint.

Wigan are currently third from bottom in the table and the form table (in which Charlton are 7th).

The CAS Trust Preview says that Wigan's problem has been scoring goals: The Dream Fixture? Wigan have scored six goals in seven games, conceding 13.

Happy 50th birthday to Stuart 'Sweaty' Balmer.

Gallagher hopes for play off push

Box-to-box midfielder Conor Gallagher talks about his loan spell at Charlton and says that he is hoping for a play off push: Gallagher interview

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Taylor injury same as for Bauer

Lyle Taylor has the same injury as the one that kept Patrick Bauer out for two months last season. Taylor will have to wear a leg brace for a few weeks and will then be assessed: Knee ligaments

Bowyer can't take risks with Williams

Jonny Williams quickly established himself as a fans' favourite at Charlton, but Lee Bowyer did not start him against Birmingham City. Bowyer admits that Ehrun Otzumer did not achieve what he hoped for in terms of unlocking the Blues.

However, Bowyer regards Williams as a precious resource who has to be protected against injury: Bowyer explains why Williams was benched

Bowyer thinks that if we were still playing against Birmingham we wouldn't have scored and that's how I felt towards the end of the game.

What Albie Morgan needs to do

Grant Basey discusses Albie Morgan's situation. He has fallen down the pecking order at The Valley and failed to get a loan: Advice for Albie

It may be one of those cases where a player was brought on too quickly given the thinness of the squad last season.

Good sense has prevailed and no action is to be taken against Lee Bowyer after his sending off last Saturday.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Roland's sidekick has mystery guests

Roland's point man Lieven de Turck had not been seen at The Valley since the play off final and his small band of fans feared that he may have been reassigned to a new role in the Belgian's business empire.

However, he reappeared at the match against Birmingham City. VOTV editor Rick Everitt commented that this 'may have been the first Saturday match he’s seen in 21 months representing Duchatelet.'

He had guests who had been shown around but sat elsewhere. According to the Rickster, they 'were a party of five who sat in west block C, four men and a woman. Men were Middle Eastern in appearance, according to eye witnesses. At that stage I understand they had had two meetings with LDT but not made an offer.'

The Ramsgate-based fan notes, 'Other established interested parties - Aussies, Dalman - have been briefed by Charlton about the new approach, which might suggest an attempt to smoke them out, if you’re a cynic.' As many are when it comes to takeover rumours which usually turn out to have less substance than the mist rolling in from the Thames.

Chuks isn't up to it

Lee Bowyer is not convinced that Chuks Aneke is capable of fulfilling the No.9 role in the absence of Lyle Taylor with knee ligament damage. He thinks he is more of a No.10. But he commented at least he has some options whereas last year he had none.

He also commented on the roles of Leko and Hemed. He thinks that Leko tried to complicate things too much last Saturday which I would agree with: Aneke yet to convince Bowyer

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Charlton without Taylor

The SLP's Richard Cawley reflects on Charlton's defeat to Birmingham last Saturday and reckons that in a tight contest Lyle Taylor could well have made the difference: Charlton miss injured striker

Cawley notes that Lee Bowyer has been understandably vague about how long Taylor will be out, but reckons it could be eight to ten weeks.

Cawley also points out that only four goals have been scored by other out-and-out strikers for Charlton in the last 27 games – Vetokele chipping in with three and Jonathan Leko also on target.

Inevitably, Charlton's defeat had to have a Leamington connection with Birmingham's winning goal scored by the son of their former ace striker Mark Bellingham.

Coaching role for Basey

Steve from Petts Wood and I often wondered why Grant Basey couldn't be given a bigger role than kitman (indeed, he did run drills in the warm up), but now he has been appointed first team development coach to bridge the gap between the under 23s and the first team: Coaching role

He was forced into early retirement from the game by injuries, but took his coaching badges at the same time as Johnnie Jackson.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Bowyer blames the grass

Lee Bowyer has blamed the state of the Valley pitch for Charlton's performance on Saturday. He said, 'I think the pitch played a part in that, the grass was too long, a hot day, sticky and slow – the grass was a factor to it because normally we moved the ball better than that.' Read more here: Interesting explanation

Colin Powell was in the parade of former players on the pitch at half time, so perhaps he could be called on for his expertise!

Bowyer has confirmed that Lyle Taylor will be out for an extended period, just how long is uncertain: Serious setback

Hacket-Fairchild finds his feet

Reeco Hackett-Fairchild did feature for the Addicks in League One last season. Over two seasons he made a total of 17 appearances in all competitions, 12 in the league. A loan spell at Bromley at the end of the season convinced him to join the National League outfit.

He told The Non-League Paper, 'I'm at a point in my career where I feel like I need a run of games. My goal is to get back in the Football League. I want to do that this year with Bromley.'

Former striker goes back to playing

Former Addicks striker Izale McLeod has returned to playing football after a year out of the game. At the age of 34 he has joined Kempston Rovers. He has already scored four times this season for the Walnut Boys in the Southern League Division One Central.

He also has a coaching role in the Academy at MK Dons and hopes to eventually go into management.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

No lament from Lapslie

Since playing 89 minutes at Ewood Park, George Lapslie has made only two substitute appearances in the league. However, the 22-year old told the Football League Paper,'We all read from the same script in the team, so I don't feel disappointed or hard done by to have missed out.' New loan signings Sam Field and Conor Gallagher have limited Lapslie's opportunities.

T'he manager pulled me to one side before the next game against Stoke and told me I had done nothing wrong. He said I just needed to keep doing what I was doing and working hard in training to get back to the starting XI.'

'Training hard is a given for me, so I just need to keep working on the technical side of my game. I need to get more comfortable and learn to pick the better ball.'

'Bowyer has been unreal for my development. I can't think of a single time when I've felt bad about myself or my game. He always tells us what he wants from us, and even if it doesn't go right the first couple of times, he'll encourage us to do it again.'

Lapslie said that his old brother Tom who plays for Colchester United had been a big positive influence.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Charlton get the Blues

The Valley 100th birthday celebrations were marred this afternoon by Charlton losing 0-1 to Birmingham City, just their third defeat in 26 games, but the Addicks remain 2nd in the table. Lee Bowyer was red carded for leaving his technical area after Birmingham staff threw a ball on the pitch in what he saw as time wasting.

Steve from Petts Wood summed up as being the masters of our own defeat. Our passing was not as crisp and accurate as usual and we certainly missed the injured Lyle Taylor all over the pitch.

Neither side was able to impose themselves in the first half. A diving header on the half hour mark by Tomer Hemed went wide of the post. while Jonathan Leko found space but fired wide. It was just before the break when Dillon Phillips was called into action for the first time, tipping over a Lukas Jutkiewicz header.

But the action hotted up after the interval as both keepers were made to work a lot harder, Blues actually ending up with more efforts on targets than their hosts - 12 to 11. The unmarked 16-year old Luke Bellingham put Blues ahead on 52 minutes. On 65 minutes Phillips had to nudge a shot from Jufkiewicz over the bar.

Charlton then upped their tempo and the visiting keeper was call to make one decisive save from Chris Solly who had a good game. A minute later Lee Camp turned away a low drive by Conor Gallagher. Substitutes Williams and Aneke make a positive difference. Charlton became more threatening and Blues responded with a series of fouls which earned a flurry of yellow cards. Even six minutes added on did not save Charlton, although Dillon Phillips even came up to join the attack.

Report from Louis Mendez can be found here: Addicks lose unbeaten start

Friday, 13 September 2019

Charlton's impressive start

Charlton face Birmingham City tomorrow at the 100 year old Valley. Brighton loanee Beram Kayal could make his Addicks debut after featuring twice for Israel, while Deji Oshilaja has returned to training.

The Blues finished 17th in the Championship last season and were forecast to finish 23rd by Four Four Two at the beginning of the season, but they are currently 9th. The magazine noted, 'Garry Monk's summer departure is a real cause for concern - he'd done an impressive job in difficult circumstances comfortably in mid-table. They struggled before his March 2018 arrival at St.Andrew's.' The writer of the Fan File describes Monk 'as the most popular manager at St.Andrew's in my lifetime.'

The CAS Trust preview notes, 'They have had a mixed start to this season. Wins at Brentford on the opening day and at home to Stoke last time out have been balanced by 0-3 defeats at Swansea and Forest. They are clearly missing last season's top scorer Che Adams (22 goals) who joined Southampton in the summer, but much travelled Lukas Jutkiewicz (14 goals last season) is still there and has already netted 3 this term.'

Charlton completed a league double over Birmingham the last time the two sides met in the 2015-16 campaign. Birmingham have won one of their last eight visits to Charlton (W1 D4 L3), a 2-0 victory in February 2014.

Charlton have lost just two of their last 25 games in all competitions (W16 D7 L2). Birmingham have lost their last three away games in all competitions all by the same score (3-0) and have attempted just 21 shots across three defeats.

Charlton are the first newly-promoted Championship side to remain unbeaten in their first six league games of the season since Brighton in 2011-12 - the Seagulls went on to finish 10th.

Lee Bowyer has expressed the hope that his loyalty to Charlton will be recognised: Lee Bowyer

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Bowyer: 'I'm doing the right things with players'

Lee Bowyer reckons that the biggest plus of the international break was seeing Jonny Williams back in the senior set up for Wales and Josh Cullen making his debut for the Republic of Ireland: Look at them now

Bowyer said: 'I’m really chuffed for them. It makes me feel good because you’re doing the right things with players – they weren’t anywhere near it before. Now, all of a sudden, they have crept in there and are playing.'

Glass half full for Rick

With Charlton's excellent start to the season, there has been a welcome silence from ultra pessimists like Derek from Dymchurch and Desmond from Deal. However, VOTV editor Rck Everitt is sometimes a glass half empty kind of guy.

As is usual, VOTV is prepared in accordance with rigorous production standards

However, we are promised that the issue of VOTV appearing on Saturday 'is packed with features celebrating Charlton's fine start to 2019/20. It's been an exhilarating start to the new season for Charlton and Voice of The Valley is determined to savour every last drop of enjoyment from it in the new October issue, which goes on sale before Saturday's home game with Birmingham City. We reflect in detail on the Addicks' unbeaten run, with a special focus on five-goal Lyle Taylor, courtesy of Matt Wright.'

You can buy the fanzine at The Valley, but you can also order it online for mailing to your home on Friday under plain cover. If you want to enjoy VOTV in the privacy and comfort of your own home, go here: Voice of the Valley.

Better news on Taylor

Lyle Taylor came home early from Montserrat as a precaution but it seems that his injury was not as serious as was originally feared. Lee Bowyer hopes to get him training tomorrow to make an assessment and he could be available for the game against Birmingham City on Saturday, although it could be from the bench. Certainly there is no question of a six to eight week absence: Taylor injury situation

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

MOTM award for Cullen

Josh Cullen picked up a Man of the Match award in his debut for Ireland last night as they beat Bulgaria 3-1 and said it was a dream come true: Cullen debut

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Taylor worries

Lyle Taylor is not in the Montserrat line up tonight and there are reports on social media that he has injured his knee ligaments and will be out for 6-8 weeks. A photo shows him on crutches.

Football's debt to Charlton.

Writing in The Times today chief football writer Henry Winter states: 'At Charlton Athletic, academy heads Steve Avory and Paul Hart worked hard to develop Joe Gomez's game, his heading in particular, and he now excels for Liverpool and England.'

'Charlton gave Nick Pope his start in the professional game, and he now keeps goal in the Premier League with Burnley and is established in the England squad.'

'Clubs and country owe Charlton, still labouring under an unloved owner, a debt.'

Warnock told player not to join Charlton

Gobby Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock told French midfielder Loic Damour to go to Hearts rather than Charlton, saying that he would not be able to afford to live in London, 'it's unbelievable': Edinburgh is the place

It's Warnock that's unbelievable, but let's hope Damour enjoys his kilt.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Cowley going to Huddersfield

A number of sources are reporting that Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley (along with his brother Nicky) is on the verge of filling the managerial vacancy at Huddersfield Town. And Huddersfield fans were so sure that they were going to get Lee Bowyer. Indeed, as Richard Cawley has pointed out, the club pushed hard for him.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Dowie put more than a third of his salary behind the bar

Iain Dowie's time as a manager at Charlton has thankfully receded into the distance, but his depredations occurred at a crucial time for the club and we have never fully recovered. Thank you, Richard Murray.

A feature in this morning's Non-League Paper on the 54-year old somehow fails to mention his time at Charlton, although all his other postings as a player and a manager get referred to. In any event, we are told that 'he could be proud of what he achieved'.

Dowie reveals, 'I was quite well paid at Hendon and everyone used to put one-third of their salary behind the bar - I was putting more behind it than most.'

When he was at Charlton it was rumoured that he would go for the occasional recuperating drink with his brother and it seems there may have been some substance to that.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Gallen: 'Unbelievable' fans will help keep Bowyer

The SLP's Richard Cawley has undertaken an extended interview with Steve Gallen: On becoming a Charlton director

Gallen thinks (reasonably enough) that Charlton fans trust him. Of the fans, he said, 'I’ll tell you what does really help – the fans, and how good they are. It helps everyone here. They have been unbelievable. Because they have had a few years of bad times, now they are seeing some good times and are overjoyed about it.'

'I love seeing that sort of togetherness and enthusiasm. That will help keep Lee. When other clubs are asking about you then you think of the fans who are starting to come back here.'

He says that a takeover was close in the summer. 'Unfortunately it looks like that has gone back into the background. It will still come back, I just don’t know when.' He added, 'New buyers, who are maybe close, might be thinking of their own director of football, for example. Certainly they’ll be thinking of their own chief executive – that is something that is needed, for sure.'

Friday, 6 September 2019

Gallen in Taylor contract talks

Steve Gallen is in contract talks with Lyle Taylor and is hopeful he will sign a new deal, although he admits he thought that about Joe Aribo: Taylor's future

Roland is encouraging Gallen to find common ground with Taylor: it is something the Belgian always asks about. But Gallen warned there cannot be a repeat of last summer's signing spree, it is simply too much hassle: Signing spree threw up too many problems

Harriott finds his level

Callum Harriott has signed on a free transfer with League 2 Colchester United after training with Charlton over the summer: Pens deal

I was never very enthusiastic about him joining Charlton and we have managed to acquire both quality and quantity thanks to Steve Gallen and Lee Bowyer.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Adam Matthews signs

As anticipated, Adam Matthews has now signed for Charlton on a free, filling the gap at right back: 15th signing

I can't remember such a good set of signings at so little cost. All credit to Steve Gallen and Lee Bowyer.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Fitness key to Charlton's success

Lee Bowyer reckons that the fitness of Charlton's players is the key to their flying start to the season. They get stronger at the end of games: One big reason

Bowyer is expected to be nominated for Championship manager of the month for August.

Stamp of approval

I'm not much of a philatelist, but apparently it's several years since Charlton merited a first day cover. If you click on it you get a better resolution image. This one was sent to me (I will give it to the museum).

Let's hope we earn another one at the end of this season!

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Steve Gallen appointed as director

In a move welcomed by Charlton fans on social media, recruitment guru Steve Gallen has been appointed as a director of the club. In many respects he has been functioning as a de facto chief executive. He is the first director with footballing experience since Derek Ufton.

VOTV editor Rick Everitt has commented from his Ramsgate fastness: 'Wonder if this is connected with disappearance of Lieven de Turck. Told recently the Belgian has not been seen at The Valley since the play-off final.'

Personally any signs of a glimmer of sanity by the barmy Belgian are welcome. Perhaps he thinks another promotion is possible, but then he would just put up his asking price again.

Roland has commented, 'Selling the club remains our number one priority and it is important the football doesn’t suffer during that process, with Steve on the Board of Directors that can only help.'

Leko's contribution

Jonathan Leko has achieved 93 per cent pass accuracy so far this season and this blog article looks at his contribution: Summer signing that shines

BTW, you are offered the chance to subscribe for updates on 'Charlton City'. Bit of an advance on a village team.

Lyle Taylor has been nominated for Championship Player of the Month. You can vote for him here: PFA awards

Monday, 2 September 2019

Chris Powell joins England backroom staff

Former England international Chris Powell has joined Gareth Southgate's England backroom staff as a part of a plan to boost the number of BAME coaches in the game: Elite coach placement programme

Jason Euell has also been given a role, but he will not be leaving Charlton.

'I am staying' insists Bowyer

There is strong interest from Huddersfleld Town in Lee Bowyer but Richard Cawley of the SLP has spoken to the main man this morning and he says he is going to stay at Charlton. The settled supremo said, 'I'm really happy with the way things are going. I'm going to be staying here.'

Huddersfield are yet to win a game this season and are desperate to appoint a manager with Bowyer their No.1 target: They want Bowyer

Bowyer inspired us

According to Sam Field Lee Bowyer's half time team talk inspired Charlton to up their game at Reading on Saturday: Inspiration

Field admitted that the first half was a bit of a struggle and the team came in frustrated. But he noted, 'There’s a great camaraderie here. There’s a feeling that we’ll just run for each other, which is massive in this league. You’re not going to dominate 46 games this season. Like in the first-half, you have to soak it up sometimes. If you can do what we did second-half, I think we’ll be higher up the table than lower down.'

Field said that the players were a bit surprised by their start and he was taking it game by game. He spoke about his good relationship with Darren Pratley: Fine start breeds confidence

Saturday, 31 August 2019

To the Londoners 2-0

Charlton have gone second in the Championship, above Leeds and behind Swansea, after beating Reading 2-0 at the Madejeski this afternoon.

George Puscas had two good efforts for the hosts before the break in an even but goalless first period.

Jonathan Leko, described by Bowyer later as Charlton's 'wild card', broke the deadlock soon after half time as the Charlton forward's deflected effort spun in from the edge of the box. The lead was doubled when Lyle Taylor converted a penalty after Chuks Aneke had been brought down in the area by Pele.

Both sides had chances in the first period - Leko forcing a good early save from Reading's Rafael Cabral, while Lucas Joao's overhead kick went just over the bar at the other end. New signing Puscas hit the bar midway through the opening period and he also forced Dillon Phillips into a good save in first-half stoppage time after breaking through.

Reading failed to create many clear-cut chances after the break as Bowyer's boys took command, although John Swift's powerful effort to the top corner was saved by Phillips in the 88th minute.

Lee Bowyer was interviewed on Sports Report and was full of praise for Lyle Taylor, particularly how he holds up the ball. Asked if targets had been exceeded, he said that the only target was to stay in the division. He praised the 'fearless' Addicks to Louis Mendez: Bowyer hails fearless Charlton

The report from Louis Mendez can be found here: Addicks up to second

Friday, 30 August 2019

Stern test for Reading

The view in Berkshire is that Charlton will offer a stern test of Reading's credentials tomorrow. The Addicks are reckoned to be exciting going forward, clinical in front of goal and with few weak spots that the Royals can exploit: Assessment of Charlton

Four Four Two forecast a 20th place finish again for Reading. saying they might have just enough to retain Championship status. The quoted fan was more optimistic forecasting a 14th place finish. Reading are currently 11th, having won two, drawn one and lost one. Charlton remain 3rd after Fulham drew at Cardiff on Friday night.

Charlton have sold out the away end at the Madejski.

The game at Fulham on October 5th has been brought forward to 12.30 so that it can be shown on Sky.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Bowyer's praise for Pratley

Lee Bowyer is full of praise for Darren Pratley and says that he earned a contract extension. It's not just what he does on the pitch, but what he does off it calming down Lyle Taylor: Bowyer on Pratley

Josh Cullen has been called up for the senior Northern Ireland squad.

Charlton solve right back problem

Charlton are solving their right back problem by signing Adam Matthews who has played for Cardiff City, Celtic and Sunderland: Right back deal

Career details for the 27-year old Welsh international: Adam Matthews

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Lee Bowyer favourite for Huddersfield job

Lee Bowyer is now the favourite with the bookies for the managerial vacancy at Huddersfield Town: Next manager

I'm not too worried, he is on the crest of a wave at Charlton and Huddersfield are struggling. The fact that he knows Karlan Grant is neither here nor there.

Richard Cawley of the SLP was told yesterday there had been no approach. But he added, 'But that doesn't guarantee that there isn't interest. If Bowyer and Charlton keep excelling this season then his list of admirers will only grow. Just the same as any player who does well.'

Lee Bowyer has confirmed to Richard Cawley that there has been no contact with him or his agent. 'I haven't spoken to my agent and he hasn't called me. I don't know where it has come from. How can I not be happy at Charlton? We're sitting in a good place. I haven't heard anything.'

Leko finds his feet

A Black Country look at how Leko and Field are settling in at Charlton with comments from Louis Mendez. Understandably there is a greater emphasis on Leko who has been able to make more impact as Field has to compete with Darren Pratley for the defensive midfield position: Flying high with Charlton

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Why Gallagher has been such a success

Lee Bowyer explains why Conor Gallagher has been such a success at The Valley, putting down to his desire to learn and take on board everything he is told: Instant hit at Charlton

For me Gallagher has shown a maturity of judgment and a sense of purpose well beyond his years. Credit must go to Lee Bowyer and his team for their success in recruiting loan players.

Williams recalled by Wales

After a two year absence playing for a proper club has seen Jonny Williams recalled to the Wales squad for forthcoming games against Azerbaijan and Belarus: Glad to be back

Tom Lockyer is also in the squad.

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Charlton hold on to go second in table

Charlton beat Brentford 1-0 at The Valley this afternoon to go second in the Championship table. The Addicks were under the cosh for much of the second half and the midfield was forced into defence, leaving Lyle Taylor isolated up front.

Brentford passed the ball around well and kept possession much of the time, but their inability to score goals was evident. They have scored just two goals in the first five matches.

The deciding goal came before half time when Jonny Williams surged forward and Conor Gallagher placed the ball crisply in the back of the net.

Charlton almost had a second in the 51st minute when Lyle Taylor narrowly missed connecting with a Ben Purrington cross. Ollie Watkins, who has scored both Brentford goals this season, stung the palms of Dillon Phillips on the hour mark as the Bees pressed.

Substitute Said Benrahma and Emiliano Marcondes were both denied by heroic blocks as the game reached its climax, but Charlton held on to preserve their unbeaten record.

There were a lot of interruptions for injuries, in part reflecting new concussion protocols. Deji Oshilaga had to be withdrawn with a groin strain and Lockyer filled in at right back: Withdrawn as precaution

Sizzling supremo Lee Bowyer admitted that Charlton probably did not deserve to win today, but he admired the way in which tired players put their bodies on the line in a battling performance: Bowyer not getting carried away

Friday, 23 August 2019

Buzzing Bees

How come Brentford are so good ask CAS Trust in their match preview: Brentford

Four Four Two forecast a top half finish for the Bees at 8th. The fan file names Neal Maupay as their key player who, of course, left and whom they tried to replace with Lyle Taylor.

Charlton are again expected to be without Chris Solly after he suffered a head injury during the game at Barnsley and will continue to be monitored under concussion protocol.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank may freshen up his side with former Arsenal player Josh Da Silva and Said Benrahma in contention.

Brentford are 18th and have scored just two goals this season, the lowest total in the league and their worst opening performance at this level since 1947/48. Brentford registered just 29.5 per cent possession and attempted only five shots against Leeds in midweek; both their lowest totals in a Championship game since getting promoted in 2014.

Charlton and Brentford have not met at The Valley in the Championship since October 2015, with the Bees winning 3-0. Brentford are looking to secure consecutive away league wins at Charlton for the first time.

Taylor could go to Premier League

Just offering Lyle Taylor what Brentford offered him in the summer transfer window would not necessarily work according to Lee Bowyer. Premier League clubs could be interested in him in January and Bowyer thinks he is capable of playing at that level. Bowyer emphasised that he has to work within the constraints of a budget: No doubts about his ability to play in top flight

If Taylor scores against Brentford tomorrow he will be the first Charlton player to score in the five opening games of the season since Fred Whitlow in the 1929-30 season. He went on to score 27 goals in that season but was sold to Exeter City for £250 in 1931.

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Bowyer resigned to losing Taylor

Lee Bowyer is resigned to losing Lyle Taylor in the January transfer window. The sad supremo fears that it will be impossible to hang on to him. Charlton simply cannot compete in terms of a contract offer: Lyle Taylor

Is Lyle Taylor the hottest striker outside the Premier League? asks Talksport Lyle Taylor

Proposals for a salary cap in the EFL could help clubs like Charlton to retain players in the longer run: Salary cap discussion

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Joy turns to disappointment

According to many fans and Lee Bowyer it was the best 45 minutes of football Charlton have played under him as manager, but Charlton were unable to hold on to a first half lead. A moment of inattention at a corner and led to a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest at The Valley tonight. The Addicks are now 5th in the Championship table.

Aro Muric made a series of early saves for Forest, denying Jonathan Leko and Conor Gallagher, before Lyle Taylor beat the on-loan Manchester City goalkeeper with a finely-placed header into the bottom corner. The visitors failed to get a shot on target before the break, their best chance being a loose ball that fell kindly for Lewis Grabban in the box but it was superbly cleared by Tom Lockyer as the striker shaped to shoot.

Forest had a penalty shout, as Sam Field brought down Sammy Ameobi with a challenge that appeared to be just inside the area but it instead resulted in a free-kick outside the box.

Forest, who triumphed under Sabri Lamouchi for the first time just five days earlier against Birmingham City, struggled to deal with Charlton's free-flowing attack for long periods of the first half. They didn't have any answers to Charlton's play.

For Charlton, former Addicks academy player Erhun Oztumer made his senior bow, having returned to his childhood club last week after being granted a release by financially-stricken League One side Bolton Wanderers. The forward created the first chance of the game, delivering the corner for Leko to test Muric at his near post.

The keeper went on to deny Gallagher from close range, with Michael Dawson then throwing his body in the way of a fierce shot from Leko on the rebound. Minutes later, however, Leko teed up the opener for Taylor with a neat cross from the edge of the box to complete a slick 22-pass move from the Addicks.

Lockyer ensured the Addicks led at the break with his fine piece of defending, but he was not quick enough to react from a corner as Adomah pounced on a poor first touch to level with 12 minutes remaining.

Lee Bowyer commented after the game: 'I said to them at half-time that that was the best 45 minutes I have witnessed since I have been in charge. We were frightening and created numerous chances and should have been two or three up. We suffered at the end because we got tired. We are all disappointed but I am proud because to put in a performance like that, in and out of possession, was great to watch. You can get punished easily and Forest score a goal from a corner that hits someone and drops down.'

Report from Louis Mendez: Excellent Addicks pegged back late on

Jonathan Leko says that the Charlton were disappointed not to get the win. They try to press as high as they can: Leko's verdict

Top of form table clash

It's first (Charlton) versus second (Nottingham Forest) in the form table at The Valley this evening. Forest are hoping for their first win in South-East London since 2013 as they come off the back of last Saturday's 3-0 home defeat of Birmingham City. It will be another tough test for Bowyer and his boys, but they have shown they are up to the challenge of the Championship.

Four Four Two forecast a 14th place finish for Forest. They commented, 'Player unrest led to Martin O'Neill's exit, so Forest fired up the random manager generator and within 18 minutes had brought in ex-France midfielder Sabri Lamouchi. Such mid-summer antics don't point to a long-awaited promotion push.'

Their fan file commentator was also pessimistic: 'This season will be different because last time we were fancied to do well and didn't. This year we aren't and we won't.

Charlton have slipped to third in the table after the Massives beat Luton 1-0 last night.

Forest sources are predicting a 1-1 draw: Prediction

There are reports that Charlton could allow new signing Macauley Bonne to go out on loan to Ipswich.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Hemed here at last

Tomer Hemed has at last joined Charlton and will be eligible to play against Nottingham Forest tomorrow evening. This is the fourteenth signing since promotion.

It has been announced that Steve Gritt has landed a role at Macclesfield as part of the coaching team: Silkmen .

Since his departure from Ebbsfleet United he has been scouting for Charlton.

Charlton will receive a £4.5m solidarity payment from the Premier League this season compared with £675,000 if they had stayed in League One.

Monday, 19 August 2019

Team of 1980-81. Where are they now?

The Football League Paper took a look yesterday at what happened to the Charlton players of 1980-81.

For most of the season the Addicks led the table. A 15-match unbeaten run put them in pole position to return to Division Two as champions at the first attempt. They had to settle for third place after winning just four of their last 14 games.

Steve Gritt, now back at The Valley as a scout, said that looking back there is no doubt they should be disappointed not to have won the league. 'We got to Christmas and lost at Oxford which stopped the run. The pressure of trying to keep that run going got to us, we had the players to do it but towards the end of the season we made it hard for ourselves.'

The nail in the coffin of the Addicks' title hopes were four defeats at the start of April. They lost at home to Huddersfield Town and Portsmouth as well as title rivals Rotherham United and Fulham. 'There is no reason why our form should suddenly gone like that,' added Gritt. 'Nerves kicked in maybe. And when we went to Rotherham they thrashed us. But we achieved promotion at Carlisle which was quite a good ground for us. We wanted to finish properly in front of our fans so it was good to beat Gillingham.'

The players

Martin Robinson is now working in hotel management. Gary Churchhouse later moved to Queensland where he worked as a manager in the electrical and communications industry. Nicky Johns goalkeeper won two promotions with Charlton and became Football in the Community Officer at Crystal Palace.

Jeff Wood goalkeeper who managed Brighton and Gibraltar. Now has a soccer school in Spain and is the head coach and technical director of Marbella United. Frank Clark a striker who was a glazier by trade and after running his own company worked for Glass Masters in Bromley. Steve Gritt was assistant manager of Ebbsfleet United until 2018. Ian Salter has been head coach of a number of clubs in Scandinavia after settling in Denmark where he worked as an English teacher.

Phil Walker has worked as a personal trainer and had his own soccer school in West London. Paul Lazarus settled in Helsinki, Finland. Derek 'Killer' Hales ran a pub and was a PE teacher. Lawrie Madden became a journalist and university lecturer and now runs his own media consultancy. Peter Shaw had worked in IT and is now product writer developer at Covea Insurance in Kent.

Colin Powell was groundsman until 2014 is now a school escort. Tony Hazell a central defender who was a fibre optics engineer for British Telecom. Johnny Ostergaard was also an ice hockey international, he has run a coffee shop in his native Denmark. Mark Bailey later managed Brighton, OFI Crete, Fisher Athletic and Leatherhead. He became Portsmouth's reserve team manager and scouted for Wolves. Paul Walsh won a Division One title with Liverpool. Has been a player's agent, a property developer and now working in the media.

Richard Wilson managed Jaro in Finland but then joined the Metropolitan Police. Dick Tydeman worked for the Prudential before becoming a taxi driver. Viggo Jacobsen ran a café in Denmark and has worked at the Lynettien sewage treatment plant. Phil Warman ran a pub, worked for a security company and in customer services for BMW. Keven Dickensen the left back has worked in facilities for Spanish bank BBVA.

Gallagher happy with a share of the spoils

Conor Gallagher is buzzing after his contribution to Charlton's draw at Barnsley. He says that he wants to get in the box as much as possible and to make scoring part of his game: Happy to take a share of the spoils

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Powell's fear for 'brilliant' Lee

In an interview in today's Football League Paper Chris Powell praises the job done by Lee Bowyer but reckons he now faces his toughest test.

The report notes that Powell knows how hard it can be to keep tensions at bay under Roland's ownership. 'His time at the club was brought to an end after disagreements with the controversial Belgian.'

Powell said, 'Lee has been brilliant. Short-term it's about dealing with the Championship and ownership and then in the medium to long-term I think it's about looking ahead and building with someone new involved. The sale to Duchatelet hasn't worked out. It was a decision that was made and teams who are exceptional at The Valley have stuck by the team but it's quite clear they don't want anything to do with the ownership.'

'They're going to find it really tough in the Championship. Their budget is nowhere near most of the clubs in the division. I'm sure the ownership issue will eventually be dealt with, it's not good for anyone involved with the club.'

Powell's managerial ambitions are by no means extinguished according to the report, but he is doing some media work for now. However, he says, 'The desire is always there to manage.'

Solly sidelined

Chris Solly will not be available for Wednesday's game against Nottingham Forest after he suffered concussion at Barnsley: Spell on the side lines

Lee Bowyer will give new signing Ehrun Otzumer time to gain match fitness before introducing him to first team action. Bowyer thinks he is an exciting signing, comparing him to Jonny Williams: Prepared to play the waiting game

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Charlton remain unbeaten

Charlton remain unbeaten in the Championship after a 2-2 draw with Barnsley at Oakwell in their new black away kit. They are second in the table behind Leeds United on goal difference.

On four minutes Taylor turned provider for Purrington but the left back fired wide. Cullen put in an effort on 14 minutes, but a defender intervened.

Solly had a clash of heads with Ben Williams on 22 minutes and had to go off. Oshilaja replaced him and was booked four minutes later. Pratley nearly scored an own goal following a corner, but Taylor was able to clear off the line.

Barnsley went ahead in 34 minutes with a volley from distance scored by Woodrow but Gallagher equalised before the break, taking advantage of a Jonny Williams right-hand cross from 12 yards out. Five minutes were added on.

On 48 minutes Chaplin evaded challengers to make it 2-1 to the home side. The referee was injured and at first it was thought that he had lost a contact lens, but he required treatment for biting his tongue.

Leko was replaced by Aneke on 70 minutes. Pearce made a great block with his face in 81 minutes as Barnsley chased a third goal. Aneke was denied one on one with Radlinger in the Barnsley goal. Pratley came off on 83 minutes to be replaced by Bonne. On 88 minutes Gallagher was tripped in the area and Taylor stepped up to score calmly from the spot.

Just as in League One, Charlton's game was the last to finish with five minutes added on, enough time for Aneke and Cullen to pick up bookings.

Lee Bowyer has said that he was disappointed to come away with just a point.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Another tough test at Barnsley

Barnsley are unbeaten at home for 27 games. In fact the last team to built them at home were Millwall 17 months ago: Tough test

Four Four Two forecast a 17th place finish for the Tykes. They have spent more seasons in England's second tier than any other team.

According to Four Four Two 'The fans' opinion of the gaffer is that the positivity of Daniel Stendel gives us an exciting identity, pressing high and scoring for fun.'

Otzumer signs two year deal

Ehrun Otzumer has signed a two year deal at Charlton. Richard Cawley of the SLP notes, 'Patience personified by all parties for this one. Charlton tried to get him last January and then there has been the lengthy wait for him to get free of his Bolton Wanderers deal.'

The 28-year old local lad born in Greenwich started as a youngster at Charlton, but was let go for being too small. He subsequently played for Dulwich Hamlet.

Career details here: Otzumer

A Charlton fan who also follows Dulwich Hamlet said, 'I am absolutely ecstatic about the signing of Erhun Oztumer. You won’t believe how small he is and you won’t believe how good he is. The only reason he didn’t do better at the Hamlet was the other players weren’t good enough to keep up with him. If Lyle and the rest can get onto his wavelength we could be in for a massive season.'

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Still no answers on Hemed

Charlton still haven't been told whether Tomer Hemed can join them from Brighton. One would almost think that the football authorities are incompetent. Bowyer: we're not getting answers

Jonny Williams says that this is the most enjoyable start to a season he has ever had (fans chanted his name when he was substituted on Saturday): Most enjoyable start

Of course, Williams has started all his previous seasons at Palace, but he says that he never felt part of things there.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Charlton defeated by Vegans

Shawn McCoulsky netted the winning penalty as Forest Green Rovers sent Charlton tumbling out of the Carabao Cup and set up a second-round tie at Premier League Bournemouth. League Two Rovers scored all five of their spot-kicks to win 5-3 after Charlton's Albie Morgan's effort struck the post.

The Addicks could have won the tie when a foul on Naby Sarr earned them a penalty midway through the second half. But Rovers keeper Joe Wollacott flung himself to his left to push away Jake Forster-Caskey's kick.

Wollacott had already produced a string of saves to thwart the Addicks, notably blocking Sarr's close-range volley in the first half. Forest Green rarely threatened, although Junior Mondal forced a diving stop from Ben Amos 15 minutes from time.

Lee Bowyer was disappointed with the performance. he said that only Sarr and Amos came out with any credit from a Charlton point of view. He felt a lot of fringe players wasted their chance to stake a claim.

There is still no further update on the ratification of the signing of Tomer Hemed. Bowyer admitted it's frustrating that the decision is taking this long by the relevant authorities, says it is wasting everyone's time.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Charlton's excellent 2019 points return

It's early days, but Charlton have made an impressive start to life in the Championship which Richard Cawley of the SLP reviews here: Not proving a slog for Charlton

Only Manchester City and Liverpool have averaged better points returns in 2019 than Charlton (2.22).

Tonight's Carabao Cup game against Forest Green Rovers will provide a chance to see some of the fringe players in action. Should any of the Vegans players go down, check that they are not having a munch of the grass.

Beram Kayal will not make his Charlton debut tonight as he has a slight groin strain: Bowyer wanting to unlock new signings

Ramsgate rebel rebukes Roland

VOTV editor Rick Everitt hits back at what he describes as a personal attack on him by Roland Duchatelet (who has never met him). The Rickster says he has an agenda, but it's all about making Charlton the best it can be: My agenda

The Ramsgate-based fan says that Roland is stubborn and belligerent, but admits that some people apply that description to him. However, he notes that only one of us experiences the rush of joy that comes from seeing the team succeed on the field. He describes Roland as 'a dessicated calculating machine'.

Everitt discusses at some length the role of Richard Murray and his 'simmering feud' with former chief executive Peter Varney.

Difficult to get Taylor to sign new contract

It will be difficult to get Lyle Taylor to sign a new contract admits Lee Bowyer. His current contract expires at the end of the season. The shaken supremo commented that his head had been turned by Brentford and Charlton are never going to be able to offer what Brentford did: Tough to get new contract

Monday, 12 August 2019

Roland denounces 'aggression'

Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet has denounced 'new aggression' by CARD who are planning targeted protests against him: Owner's disappointment

The barmy Belgian makes a reference to individuals with an agenda. This may refer to Ramsgate rebel Rick Everitt and his group of disgruntled ex-employees as he clearly riles Roland.

Louis Mendez commented, 'Really is quite hard to comprehend why the owner feels the need to remain involved in this feud like this. Shows that CARD has him rattled and also takes the focus off the work Bowyer and the side are doing - surely he’d want people to just concentrate on the team doing well?'

Why Cullen returned to The Valley

Josh Cullen thinks that Charlton was the best place to continue his development as a player. He improved under Lee Bowyer's guidance last season: Best place for me

Cullen commented, 'He knows what he’s going to get from me, I know what he wants me to do and how he wants me to go about my business.'

Right back Tyrone Mears is to train with Charlton this week. The right back is a free agent: Former West Ham defender

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Charlton show Championship quality

Charlton showed Championship quality in their 3-1 defeat of Stoke City at The Valley this afternoon. They are one of only two teams with a 100 per cent record and are in second place. Jonny Williams and Darren Pratley had outstanding games. The lively and skilled Jonathan Leko got a deserved standing ovation when he was substituted.

Stoke seemed to be going for an early goal, but the Addicks were able to contain their threat. Taylor broke the deadlock in the 25th minute with his second goal in as many games, collecting the ball on the edge of the box and rifling the ball into the far corner, easily beating international goalkeeper Butland.

Taylor's strike roused Stoke who seemed to be working out Charlton's gam plan and Scott Hogan struck the crossbar before Ince snatched the equaliser, unleashing a left-foot drive that zipped into the net.

Lee Gregory squandered opportunities to put the Potters ahead either side of half-time, hitting the post and then blazing an effort over from close range after Sam Clucas had teed him up.

But Jonny Williams and Josh Cullen combined to set up summer signing Aneke, who dispatched the chance from 10 yards.

Chelsea loan midfielder Conor Gallagher (man of the match) completed the scoring with his first senior goal seven minutes from time, finding the roof of the net after Taylor had flicked on Cullen's corner.

Incidentally, the new corner flags should be triangular rather than rectangular, a privilege granted to teams who have won the FA Cup.

No cards were shown during the game.

Bowyer reckons that the chances of signing Tomer Hemed from Brighton are 50-50: Transfer hopes

Thursday, 8 August 2019

All's well that ends well

It has been a roller coaster of a week, but now we can focus on Saturday's match against Stoke City in the knowledge that we have a strengthened team.

Louis Mendez has tweeted, 'Considering what the fears were about Taylor earlier in the week, to keep him and then get Cullen, Field, Leko, Kayal [from Brighton and Hove Albion] and then hopefully Hemed (should find out for certain either way tomorrow) - that’s a pretty tidy last few days of the window.'

It's a great shame that Lyle Taylor has been subject to abuse on Twitter, it's not his fault that Brentford made four offers for him.

A shame to lose Dijksteel, but it's a survivable loss which wouldn't have been true for our talisman Taylor.

Charlton hope to complete Field deal

Charlton are hoping to complete a deal for 21-year old West Bromwich Albion midfielder Sam Field who is available on loan: Deal hope

Career details here: Sam Field

Richard Cawley has tweeted that we have been linked with Jonathan Leko at West Brom, described as a bit of a raw talent but someone Bowyer could work on and improve.

Leko is a forward: Career details

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Hopes of Cullen return

The Currant Bun and other sources are saying that Josh Cullen is set to return to Charlton on loan. Great news if it is true.

Richard Cawley of the SLP says there is a wall of silence from the club at the moment which suggests that things are happening.

Charlton turn down Taylor offer

Charlton have turned down an offer from Brentford according to Richard Cawley of the SLP: Bid for talisman rejected

It says something about our situation if a club like Brentford thinks they can offer a little over £2m for our star striker.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Charlton linked with Spurs starlet

Charlton have been linked with 17-year old Tottenham Hotspur striker Troy Parrott who could come in on a one year loan: Possible deal

I don't give much credence to reports linking Lyle Taylor with Brentford as a Maupay replacement. However, Richard Cawley of the SLP thinks there is substance to it. It would be a sideways move, although under Roland anything is possible. He will sell anything except the club.

One report states that Charlton are looking for a fee of £3m. Apparently, Taylor is not training today and one report says he has been seen at Brentford.

Monday, 5 August 2019

Dijksteel on his way

According to Richard Cawley of the SLP, Middlesbrough have accepted Charlton's price for Dijksteel which is thought to be £2m. Nice little earner for Roland.

He has agreed personal terms and will have a medical tomorrow.

He has been a target for Boro all summer. They need cover at right back.

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Charlton are purring

Charlton are purring after they started their Championship campaign with a 2-1 win at Blackburn Rovers with goals from Ben Purrington and Lyle Taylor. 1,077 Addicks were there to see the victory. It was the first time Charlton had won their opening away game of the season for 14 years.

Naby Sarr got an early yellow card on 8 minutes. Charlton did not spark into life in the opening exchanges, finding it difficult to get out of their own half. It was 15 minutes before they had a real spell of possession.

On 26 minutes Lockyer did well to head a Downing cross away. Williams linked up well with Purrington, but his low cross was kicked away. On 36 minutes Taylor forced a good save from Walton.

On 43 minutes 'The Cat' bared his claws. Using a cross from Williams, he put in a left footed shot from close range that went over the keeper to put the Addicks ahead.

Half time: Rovers 0, Addicks 1

On 54 minutes Rovers scored a bizarre own goal. Dijksteel headed off the line and Charlton thought they have cleared the ball but it went off the back of Phillips into the goal.

Taylor fired over from the edge of the box. Phillips made a good save. Pearce did well to turn a cross behind. Sarr had not been doing well at left back and was replaced on 66 minutes by Gallagher. Blackburn made a double substitution.

Purrington made a great block. There were yellow cards for Pearce and Forster-Caskey. Gallagher made good use of a throw in from Dijksteel, but his shot was deflected into the side netting. From the corner Pearce headed the ball and Taylor back heeled into the net to put Charlton ahead again.

Williams was replaced by Morgan on 80 minutes. Forster-Caskey was denied by the keeper from close range. Lapslie was replaced by Oshilaja, making his first appearance.

Six minutes were added on, but Charlton stood firm to take the three points.

Charlton are 3rd in the tentative table.

Report from Louis Mendez: Battle to opening day win

Lee Bowyer praised the impact made by Conor Gallagher but said more signings are imperative before the window closes: Bowyer's verdict

Feature article profiiles Lee Bowyer

The Times this morning has a feature article profiling Lee Bowyer, accompanied by a smiling photo of the supremo.

Referring to the chaos over his own contract, 'Bow' says: 'Duchatelet didn't realise how much the Championship had improved. I don't think he was up to date with how much it's moved on, what players are earning and what managers are earning.'

'My aim is to stay in the Championship and try and become an established side. A lot of it depends on whether the club gets sold because the owner has said he wants to keep the budget as low as possible to make it more attractive, which makes it more difficult, but we'll be ok.'

Bowyer says that he believed that the Wembley final would go to extra time, but as Charlton were fitter than Sunderland he was never worried.

Bowyer says that he has only been able to spend five days fishing at Etang de Bows in France's Champagne region this summer. He has been to France every summer for the last 20 years.

'If I'd stayed in the game I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much as I am now. Taking that step away for five years, it made me hungry.'

Striker admits he is nowhere near good enough for the Championship

Summer signing Macauley Bonne says he is nowhere near good enough for the Championship, but hopes to reach that level one day: I want to be playing at this level every week

Somewhat worrying, as it means that we only effectively have one striker.

Friday, 2 August 2019

Tough ask at Blackburn

Charlton have won just five games out of 47 away on the first day of the season and a comparison of the two squads shows what the Addicks are up against according to the CAS Trust preview: Two clubs in debt

Four Four Two forecast 'another solid performance' from Blackburn Rovers this season and a 13th place finish. The Fan File writer forecasts 12th. According to him the player to watch out for is midfielder Lewis Travis: 'Great movement, classy on the ball and ultra aggressive in the tackle.' He adds, 'The fans' opinion of the gaffer is high. Tony Mowbray is steady and has a distinct philosophy.'

Conor Gallagher joins from Chelsea

19-year old midfielder Conor Gallagher has joined from Chelsea on a season long loan. He trained with the team this morning and will be travelling with the squad for tomorrow's match at Blackburn.

He was one of the stars of Chelsea's youth team last year, playing in central midfield. He joined the club at the age of six.

A late addition to the England Under-17 squad, he made his debut prior to the World Cup finals in October 2017 and returned with a winner's medal, featuring regularly as a steadying influence in midfield in the latter stages of games, including the final.

Curbs: 'Club in turmoil'

Former Charlton manager Alan Curbishley says that 'the club is in turmoil' and predicts further demonstrations by fans. Indeed, CARD in a statement criticising Roland's latest sob story have said that they are planning further demonstrations, although not at The Valley: Serious Charlton concerns

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Facing Charlton a big test for Rovers

Facing Charlton on Saturday will be a big test for Blackburn Rovers according to Tony Mowbray. It will not be an easy fixture and the Rovers supremo is expecting a tight and edgy game: All set for an intense opening day

Republic of Ireland international Derrick Williams is out injured, but Rovers have signed a defender on loan from Manchester City: Rovers team news

Roland pockets Lookman sell on fee

This morning's press conference confirmed that Roland has pocketed the Ademola Lookman sell on fee. No great surprise, but it doesn't help Lee Bowyer who confirmed that he is still five players short.

Bowyer does, however, think that he can fill the bench which he was not able to do at the opening game at Sunderland last year. Read his comments here: Back in the Championship

Another setback is that Bristol City are interested in signing Anfernee Diksteel, one can just see Roland selling him on transfer deadline day: Bristol City

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Roland speaks - and says nothing new

In a message on the club website, Roland Duchatelet says he is frustrated by the failure to sell Charlton as he wants to get out of football. On that, at least, we can agree: Information regarding the sale of the club

There is no new information apart from a reference to a supposedly superior American sports model where owners can make money from their franchises.

Four former players rack up £50m in transfer fees

With the transfer of Ademola Lookman, four former Charlton players have racked up £50m in transfer fees, not that we have benefited very much: Academy produces young players who make the grade

Despite 'rapidly deteriorating facilities' under Roland, the Academy remains a relatively stable part of the club.

Krystian Bielik's £10m price tag

It is being reported that Krystian Bielik has joined Derby County for £10m. So much for hopes of luring him back to The Valley. There was also interest from Italy and other Championship clubs.

There is no sign of any of the five signings required by Lee Bowyer. Any potential signings identified by the recruitment team still have to be run past Thomas Dreisen.

Phillips still haunted by error

Dillon Phillips has admitted that he is still haunted by the error he made in the play off final against Sunderland: Offers view into his mindset

It's always a case of learning from mistakes and it would seem that he is still first choice keeper.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

The same old rubbish from Roland

Roland has been on Talksport again. Ex-director Bob Whitehand commented, 'so all the buyers now walking away because of potential losses in Championship? So four/five individual buyers spent up to two years negotiating without understanding that, what total bollocks.'

Roland made clear how peeved he is at Charlton's promotion when he said that League One had a decent financial basis. In the Championship owners like him were expected to lose a lot of money.

Roland says it is the Football League's fault that he can't sell the club. There's a lot wrong with the EFL, but it is not down to them that Roland has a super-sized ego combined with poor judgment. Read more about his rant here: Belgian bitter

Nothing new, I don't know why Talksport give him air time. At least try and subject him to some rigorous questioning.

Addicks turn down Dijksteel offer

Charlton have turned down an offer from Middlesbrough for Anfernee Dijksteel, stating that he is not for sale: No to Boro

We can ill afford to let players go.

Patrick Bauer is hoping to get three points for Preston when they visit Millwall on Saturday: Charlton's rivals

Monday, 29 July 2019

Ashley Maynard-Brewer shows he has what it takes

Ashley Maynard Brewer put in a stunning performance in goal when Charlton's under 23s won 1-0 at Bromley. However, he is unlikely to have many opportunities to display his skills at a higher level this season and a loan could be on the cards at some point.

He did brilliantly to deny Frankie Raymond and Luke Coulson on the half hour with successive point blank saves before doing even better to prevent Michael Cheek scoring from a toe poke a minute later.

In the second half he excellently tipped Coulson's header over the crossbar. Charlton posed a threat on the break and Toby Stevenson saw his drive from the edge of the 18 yard box deflected narrowly wide of the post.

Bush was judged to have fouled Jay Mingi in the penalty area and Vennings made no mistake from the spot.

Maynard-Brewer has now signed a new two year contract deal with the club: Extends stay until 2021

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Bowyer: 'we ain't ready to compete'

In an interview with BBC Radio London, Lee Bowyer has admitted 'We ain't ready to go in and compete. Our numbers just aren't enough, we have to bring in more players.'

The shell shocked supremo said that he needed five more players. Midfield was a particularly deficiency and 'a lot of games are won and lost in the middle of the park.' Two more players were needed up front.

Referring to the bench against the Villa game, Bowyer said that Albie Morgan was not ready for the Championship. Lapslie might be ready, but there was a question mark there. Brendan hadn't even played in League One. Five or six weren't ready. 'They're kids and it wouldn't be fair to chuck them in.'

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Bowyer discusses transfer frustrations

Shell shocked supremo Lee Bowyer discusses the frustrations he is facing in the transfer market with good players slipping through his fingers as Charlton are outbid: Competing in the transfer market

Midfielders and two more strikers are the priorities.

Villa win 4-1 in Solly testimonial

Aston Villa beat Charlton 4-1 at The Valley this afternoon in front of a crowd of 7,532 for the Chris Solly testimonial. Some 3,000 fans made the journey from the Midlands.

The Addicks started brightly. But the best efforts on goal came from the visitors, with Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and John McGinn going close. And the team’s Premier League class shone through after 37 minutes, when from a slide-rule pass from Grealish, El Ghazi deftly sidestepped goalkeeper Dillon Phillips to leave an easy finish. Dutch winger El Ghazi, 24, on loan from Lille for last season’s Championship campaign, completed a permanent switch to Villa for £8m over the summer.

Ahmed El Mohamady almost made it two on the stroke of half-time, heading just wide. Andre Green scored for Villa on 55 minutes followed by McGinn two minutes later.

Lyle Taylor pulled one back for Charlton from the penalty spot after he was fouled by former Addick Ezri Konsa, but McGinn added the fourth for the visitors.

Fans are concerned that, without further signings, we have a League One midfield.

Charlton to survive - just

Charlton will finish 21st in the Championship according to Four Four Two magazine. They say, 'Lee Bowyer has done a fine job and can help the Addicks survive with signings like defender Tom Lockyer and Leyton Orient hotshot Macauley Bonne.'

Journo Louis Mendez writes the fan file and says, 'We will finish 18th. It will be a battle.'

Mendez reckons Charlton's most underrated player is Anfernee Dijksteel. He says that our key player will be Lyle Taylor: 'Goals, energy and a fair few assists too.'

Mendez states, 'The fans' opinion of the gaffer is that he's improved players and built a decent squad on a shoestring. He likes to keep things simple and isn't afraid to make tactical alterations.'

Four Four Two forecasts that Millwall will finish 24th. Their fan says, 'My head says we will struggle to stay up.'

Friday, 26 July 2019

Charlton interested in forward

Charlton are one of a number of clubs interested in Bristol City forward Matty Taylor whom the Robins may be prepared to let go as they replenish their squad: Matty Taylor

The 29-year old started his career in non-league: Career details

The Bowyer effect

Another positive story about what is happening at Charlton despite the depredations of Roland, this time from City AM: Bowyer can steer his side clear of the drop

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Bowyer competing with League One clubs for players

Lee Bowyer has told Louis Mendez of the SLP that Charlton are losing out to teams in lower divisions because of the budget he has to work with. 'We’re competing with League One clubs. That’s the reality of it.' The Addicks have been beaten to Sunderland by a striker signing (identity unknown): Beaten to it .

Bowyer has yet to make his mind up about Callum Harriott. Louis Page will be out for 2-3 weeks. Chuks Aneke could be back in training this week.

Charlton won 2-1 at Colchester last night in a late turnaround. Wiredu is claiming the winning goal. Entertaining game

The SLP site at the moment is incredibly slow. One wag remarked that we would be back in League One before a story loaded. In fact Richard Cawley forgot to wind up the clockwork before he went on holiday and Louism Mendez can't find the key.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Charlton can defy expectations again

An in depth article from Sporting Life which argues that Charlton have defied expectations once and can do it again in the Championship: Addicks can defy expectations

Charlton have signed defender Deji Oshilaja who played for AFC Wimbledon, hailed as a 'versatile' player by Lee Bowyer: New signing

There are reports that Charlton are about to sign 28-year old midfielder Erhun Otzumer who has been caught up in the chaos at Bolton Wanderers: Seal deal for playmaker

Monday, 22 July 2019

Addicks interested in McCormack

Charlton are one of a number of clubs said to be interested in 32-year old striker Ross McCormack who is a free agent after being let go by Aston Villa: Wants to stay in Britain

There were a few issues during his time at Villa: Career details

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Morgan told to go out on loan

Albie Morgan has been told by Lee Bowyer to go out on loan. He will not feature in the sagacious supremo's plans for at least the first half of the season in the Championship. Bowyer thinks that the 19-year old needs to improve the defensive side of his game: Morgan told to go on loan

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Hard work behind the scenes to add more bodies

Lee Bowyer talks about the challenges he faces having lost three key midfielders: Hard work behind the scenes to add more bodies

Charlton face injury problems after Lewis Page and Chuks Aneke limped out of the 3-1 defeat at Gillingham with hamstring problems: Duo withdawn

Friday, 19 July 2019

Nketiah deal off

Lee Bowyer thinks it is unlikely that Arsenal starlet Eddie Nketiah will come to Charlton on a loan deal after he shone in Arsenal's pre-season tour. The forward scored the winning goal that beat Bayern Munich: Hopes fade

Attracting quality loan signings is key to Bowyer's survival strategy for the cash strapped Addicks and Charlton have struck up a good relationship with Arsenal as a place where promising youngsters can develop.

Charlton have been linked with 35-year old free agent Glenn Whelan. The midfielder left Aston Villa at the end of his contract.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Jonny Williams signs

St. Margaret's at Cliffe: Fans on the Kent coast joined in the celebrations today when it was revealed that grafter Jonny Williams had signed a one year contract with the Addicks: Good news

Charlton back to winning ways

After the disappointment at Ebbsfleet, Charlton won 4-0 at Dagenham and Redbridge last night with Brendan Wiredu impressing again: Pre-season victory

Many of us remember the FA Cup draw at home with the Daggers and the subsequent tricky replay. Curbs told me, 'They gave us a torrid time.'

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Bowyer disappointed by Ebbsfleet defeat

St. Margaret's at Cliffe: I never set much more store by pre-season friendly results, positive or negative. They are practice matches to try out different players and formations and build match fitness.

However, Lee Bowyer was left disappointed by the performance at last night's 2-1 defeat at Ebbsfleet which included a dubious penalty for the home side: Disappointing display

Return of the prodigal

St. Margaret's at Cliffe: Down the road in Kingsdown, cash strapped supremo Lee Bowyer is considering a return to Charlton for 25-year old midfielder Calum Harriott: Cast eye over former player for a couple of weeks

The news has not gone down well with many supporters, but Harriott's career at Reading was blighted by injury. With Roland's League One budget, Bowyer's options are constrained.

With the lowest budget in the Championship, loan signings will be crucial. Three central midfielders are needed with a couple of forwards: Deadline looms

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Dalman bid off

St. Margaret's at Cliffe: Welsh sources are saying that Mehmet Dalman's bid for Charlton is definitely off, in part because of the club's high level of debt: Walks away

There is now little prospect of a successful bid for some months.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Bowyer discusses striker shortage

Lee Bowyer discusses the striker shortage which meant that he could not play Lyle Taylor and Macauley Bonne together in the practice match at Welling: Striker admission

In addition to the one or two signings he hopes to make this week, Bowyer is planning to use the maximum permitted number of five loan signings to strengthen the squad.

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Charlton win first trophy of the season

Whether this is the legendary Crown Berger cup is open to question, but Charlton started their pre-season by beating Welling 2-0 at Park View Road.

Brendan Sarpong Wiredu put the Addicks one up after a glorious ball through from Naby Sarr. Abraham Odoh made it 2-0 with the finish from inside the area. He was signed on a loan from Tooting originally last season and then signed professional terms with Charlton in the summer.

After the break Lyle Taylor smacked one against the crossbar from inside the area. Jake Forster-Caskey had 35 minutes on the pitch in the second half. Ashley Maynard-Brewer made a decent diving save from a Welling free-kick.

According to Louis Mendez of the SLP, Lee Bowyer said he hoped to have one or two new signings next week. Leamington striker Colby Bishop will not be among them as he has signed for Accrington Stanley for an undisclosed fee. He will have to give up his job as a teacher at a local primary school.

Jonny Williams won't be one of the new signings according to Bowyer, his wages are an obstacle: Not close to signing a deal

The presence of Bowyer's Aston Martin at Welling has drawn social media comment from fans.

Everton want £22m for Lookman

Everton have turned down a renewed offer of £15m for former Addick Ademola Lookman from RB Leipzig. The Toffees value the winger at £22m. Lookman spent the second half of the 2017-18 season on loan at Leipzig where he scored five goals in 11 matches.

Charlton certainly know how to identify and develop talent. I cannot recall whether there was a sell on clause in Lookman's case or whether Roland wanted the readies up front. However, even if there is some money to come, it is open to question whether it would be added to Lee Bowyer's war chest.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Another one that got away

Former Charlton defender Ezri Konsa is expected to sign for Aston Villa today in a £12m deal. I suppose he might appear at the Chris Solly testimonial.

We sold him for £2.5m to Brentford in 2018 and as far as I know there is no sell on clause. The deal was driven by Roland's desire for cash flow. Richard Cawley of the SLP has tweeted, 'The talk at the time was that Roland Duchatelet was prepared to take more money up front instead of getting a percentage of a future sale.' However, Cawley has cautioned that this is not definitive and he is making further inquiries.

All credit to the team at Charlton for developing him as a player and good luck to him in the Premier League.

There are reports this morning that Portsmouth and Sunderland have renewed their interest in Jason Pearce who has 12 months to run on his contract. Charlton are engaged in contract talks with him. He has now signed a contract lasting until 2021.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Bowyer hopes for Bielik boost

Lee Bowyer is still hoping that he can get Krystian Bielik back to Charlton on loan again, despite reports that he intends to leave Arsenal and seek a permanent contract on the continent. The rumour mill says he is going to AC Milan.: Bowyer has his say

Usually reliable sources are indicating that Roland is trying to operate on his L1 budget and use the extra revenue to narrow or eliminate the operating loss. A takeover before the transfer window closes is thought to be unlikely. If that is the case, we will need luck as well as team spirit and Lee Bowyer's skill to stay up.

I see that AFC Wimbledon are using crowdfunding to help with the cost of their new stadium: Crowdfunding

A decent owner at Charlton might well be able to get fans to contribute to a specific project, particularly with novel incentives of the kind offered by Wimbledon.

Monday, 8 July 2019

No new signings expected before Saturday

Richard Cawley of the SLP reports: 'Lee Bowyer is not expecting a signing before Saturday’s pre-season friendly at Welling – but admits that can quickly change. The Addicks are back in the UK after a training camp in Malaga.'

Asked if there were any deals set to go through before the traditional first domestic friendly at Park View Road (formerly known as the Crown Berger Cup), Bowyer replied: 'No. But then the way the Ben Purrington [deal] happened it was literally the night before – he flew out the next morning after everything was agreed with him and Rotherham at 8pm or 9pm. So it could all change quickly.'

'I don’t think anyone will be coming in before Welling, but that can change easily.'

Archer not a target

Richard Cawley of the SLP has tweeted, 'Bit of talk about Jordan Archer to Charlton. Believe he was offered to them earlier in the summer but the Addicks have other goalkeeper targets. Not a goer.'

He was a Charlton youth player and was released by Millwall at the end of last season after 144 appearances.

Richard Cawkey has confirmed that Andy Marshall has sorted a new deal with Charlton. The goalkeeping coach had travelled to Marbella with the squad last week. All the backroom team sorted contractually now.

There was some surprise that Leamington captain and keeper Tony Breeden was not at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium for the opening game against Coventry City's first team on Saturday, given that the game attracted a bumper crowd and Sky Sports cameras were there to broadcast updates.

Rumours swept the ground that Breeden, known as the Sam Batram of non-league football for his outfield play ('Tony Breeden on the wing') and goal scoring exploits, was away with a league club. Breeden scores: Unfortunately not his penalty scored against Wolves

However, it turned out that the barmy balding binman had gone to a wedding (his own).

Friday, 5 July 2019

Unscrambling the takeover knot

VOTV editor Rick Everitt deconstructs the contradictions in the latest stance of the club on the stalled takeover: De Turck muddies water

One might have a modicum of sympathy as the hapless sidekick undergoes a series of contortions trying to make sense of Roland's position. As the Rickster says in reference to Duchatelet there has been a 'lack of due care and attention on his own part, consistent with his slapdash approach to much else surrounding the club.' But then it is only worthy of 1.5 per cent of his time.

Coincidentally I just had an e-mail exchange with a Belgian who commented without any prompting, 'Glad that you are still communicating with Belgians, given the havoc that some of them created in Charlton.'

Super Hoops ahead in race for Cullen

Richard Cawley of the SLP reports, 'QPR are rivalling Charlton Athletic for the loan signing of Josh Cullen. The 23-year-old West Ham midfielder was a roaring success for the Addicks last season. And Charlton boss Lee Bowyer would love to bring Cullen back to SE7 for the 2019-20 Championship season.' [And most fans would be delighted]

'But the South London Press has been told that QPR are the frontrunners for the Essex-raised player, whose form for the Addicks saw him called up to the full Republic of Ireland squad.'

'Charlton also wanted a loan return for Krystian Bielik but the versatile Poland U21 international is thought to be keen to quit Arsenal permanently this summer – instead of yet another temporary exit – with clubs across Europe interested in his signature.'

'Gobby's' Oxford disappointment

Karl Robinson was 'buzzing with excitement' when he moved from Charlton. Then he found that Oxford United's Thai owner did not have as many readies as he anticipated. 'Gobby' seems to have a talent for finding rubbish owners. However, he is hoping to splash the cash (in a small way) this season: Planning for a sustainable future

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Practice game abandoned

Charlton's practice game in Spain, held behind closed doors, ended after 49 minutes when Romanian side Gaz Median Medias withdrew in protest at their two red cards. The players manhandled the referee after Taylor was brought down in the area. Charlton were 1-0 ahead from a goal scored by Lapslie.

Very sporting behaviour!

Report from Cardiff suggests Dalman is not out

A report from Cardiff suggests that Mehmet Dalman has not given up on a Charlton deal, although he is focusing on issues at Cardiff City where he is chairman for now. Over the years I have found Wales Online to be quite reliable on football matters, although it is one of those sites with so much junk on it that it can take a time to load: Bid still alive

Contrary to what was said by the Evening Boris, the money owed to former directors is not the real issue, but the overall debt of the club and the money that would be needed to make Charlton a real fighting force in the Championship. I know that many fans think that the skill of Lee Bowyer and his assistants, and the spirit of the team, will be enough to at least secure a mid-table place but this overlooks the considerable resources that most Premier League 2 clubs have.

The overall judgment is that a successful bid is 'unlikely', but still hanging by a thread. The sale price is given at £33m, but what is never clear is what happens about the mountain of debt.

Mae Jonathan Acworth yn cynllunio taith i Wranws ​​i ddod o hyd i brynwyr yno.

Excitement in Exeter as Ajose signs

Exeter is not the sleepy cathedral city it was when I lived there, but it still needs an occasional bit of excitement which has been created by the signing of Nicky Ajose against competition from League One clubs: Manchester lad heads for Devon

Manager Matt Taylor is a former Addick and still has connections at Charlton so he took the precaution of getting a reference for Ajose from his contacts, but it was all positive. He may well turn out to be a League Two goal scoring machine.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Orange One does not want a slice of Charlton

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has told Talk**** he knows what is going with a deal to buy Charlton and he could be involved, but he doesn't want to be: Revelation

Well, I have a short message for him: we don't want you anywhere near our club and you can go back to the parallel universe you refer to in your remarks.

Some prankster has changed Jim White's Wikipedia entry so that Duchatelet is his middle name and it is stated that he is 'happily married' to the Charlton owner.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Deal for 'The Cat' close

Charlton are close to signing Wembley goal scorer Ben Purrington who may be able to join the summer camp in Spain: Deal is close

Dalman pulls out

Mehmet Dalman has pulled out of talks to acquire Charlton. Roland Duchatelet put the asking price up to £50m because of the club's promotion, while the complexities of the deal were also a factor: Takeover collapses

Given the time the Australians have been hanging around to no effect, the chances of a takeover before the start of the season do not look good. The club will be starved of cash and will find it difficult to compete in the Championship for all the skill of Lee Bowyer and his team.

American businessman Robert Gordon has settled on Hibernian: Chooses Hibs

Monday, 1 July 2019

Farwell then, Tariqe Fosu

As anticipated, Tariqe Fosu has rejoined 'Gobby' at Oxford United for an undisclosed fee (hopefully not a second hand lawnmower from Gobby's landscape gardening business, aka Robinson's Gardening Services of Milton Keynes).

Excited at rejoining his mentor, Fosu told BBC Radio Oxford:' Karl and I got on really well during my time at Charlton, so as soon as he called with an offer, I was up for it.'

Thanks for all you tried to do, but I fear that you flattered to deceive. One fan commented on Facebook, 'Had potential but another player who just didn't want to pass and tried to do tricks that he wasn't totally capable off to try and beat the same man seven times before putting the ball into the box. No loss in my opinion. There is a reason why he's stuck in League One and it's not because he's unlucky.'

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Two new signings

No signings moaners had to take a day off yesterday as Charlton signed two free agents, Welsh defender Tom Lockyer and striker Chuks Aneke, formerly with MK Dons: New signings

Former Bristol Rovers captain and fans'favourite Lockyer was over the moon at meeting Lee Bowyer, hanging on every word he said: Lockyer deal

A Bristol Rovers fan has said on Twitter that Lockyer is the best centre back they have had for 20 years and deserves the chance to prove himself at a higher level.