Wednesday 30 June 2021

Possible midfielder signing

Unconfirmed reports are stating that midfielder George Dobson has signed for Charlton from Sunderland and has agreed personal terms:

He was on loan at AFC Wimbledon for the second half of last season.

Some Sunderland fans say he is rubbish, but they often do about a player who is leaving. 

Decision time for out of contract players

Adam Matthews and Jake Forster-Caskey will become free agents tomorrow, but talks with them about new contracts are continuing.   Richard Cawley of the SLP notes that it is evident that Nigel Adkins wants Matthews to stay:

Opinions about Matthews among fans vary, but on balance I think he is worth keeping.

Forster-Caskey will in any case miss the start of the season as he recovers from his knee injury. 

League Two top scorer linked with Charlton

Unconfirmed reports are linking Charlton with Cambridge United striker Paul Mullin.  The so-called 'goal machine' has rejected a new contract at Cambridge.

He was the top scorer in League Two last season with 32 goals.   Career details:,_born_1994)

Tuesday 29 June 2021

Momentum on signings

Steve Gallen has told Richard Cawley of the SLP:  'I expect players to be coming in. I won’t put any timeline on it, just yet. It’s all in motion. There’s going to be some more happening now.'

'Once you get one or two [signings] then one or two more will start happening. We’ll get it moving now.'

Not too soon for some of the more impatient fans!

Gallen also revealed that he did a character check on Charlton's new goalkeeper which confirmed that he is consistent and mature:

The South Norwood Addick assesses Craig MacGillivray and concludes that he is an excellent shot stopper, although less good at playing out from the back:

Portsmouth supremo Danny Cowley has revealed that keeping MacGillivray did not make sense for the cash strapped club:

Sunday 27 June 2021

Kiely ranks alongside Bartram

After last week's article on Sam Bartram, I look at Charlton goalkeepers after Sam Bartram, starting with Eddie Marsh and selecting Dean Kiely as the one I rank alongside Bartram:

Saturday 26 June 2021

No change of control at Charlton

There was some concern this morning about a filing on Companies House that appeared to suggest that Thomas Sandgaard had relinquished significant control of Charlton, leading to suspicions of meddling.

However, barrister Lauren Kreamer has clarified the situation: 'Nothing to worry about from my perspective. I suspect correcting a mistake in the filings from the time of the takeover - TS isn’t the owner of CAFC, Clear Ocean Capital is. COC should appear on the register for CAFC, and then TS will appear on the COC register. Hope that helps!'

Wednesday 23 June 2021

Hard to compete for good players

Charlton have lost the race for Jordan Graham who is going to Birmingham City:

Richard Cawley of the SLP has commented: 'Reality is that Charlton are chasing good players and some of those have Championship options. Always hard to compete if that offer becomes a concrete one 

Sunday 20 June 2021

Remembering Sam Bartram

Sam Bartram is the subject of the latest Charlton Retro post.  Why did he never get international honours?  Did his style of play predate the modern sweeper keeper, or could he been seen as undisciplined?

Friday 18 June 2021

Curbs sets the record straight

A very interesting in depth interview with Alan Curbishey conducted by the SLP's Richard Cawley:

Curbishley emphasises how important the time at Upton Park was for rebuilding the club by developing a siege mentality.   This phase in our history is often overlooked.

One thing that still irks Curbs is the notion that he was forced out by fans dissatisfied by the failure to secure a European place.

After leaving West Ham, Curbs didn't think he was getting offered the jobs that were right for him and ignored good advice from Sir Alex Ferguson.   Looking back, he admits that he was too picky, hoping for a club a bit like Charlton [and there are very few of those]. 

Stockley coming into his prime

Nigel Adkins is convinced that Jayden Stockley is coming into his prime and will spend his best years at Charlton.  Meanwhile, the search for other new signings continues:

Adkins wants loan players back

Nigel Adkins would be interested in loaning Liam Millar and Ian Maatsen again next season, although he expects them to join Championship clubs:

I would be more interested in Millar, I think that Maatsen still needs quite a lot of development work.

Thursday 17 June 2021

Academy staff boost

A number of changes have been made to the staffing of the Charlton academy to fill the void left by the promotion of Jason Euell to first team coach:

Wednesday 16 June 2021

Stockley puts pressure on himself

Jayden Stockley is putting on pressure on himself in terms of personal targets for the coming season at Charlton:

Stockley is the type of player who requires good service.  It is no good hoofing long wild balls up to him. We need more quality in midfield. 

Tuesday 15 June 2021

Welcome, Jayden Stockley

Jayden Stockley has now signed for Charlton and has been welcomed by Nigel Adkins and Thomas Sandgaard:

Progress on Stockley deal

Charlton are making progress on a deal for Jayden Stockley with Portsmouth apparently now out of the running:

Monday 14 June 2021

Charlton submit Stockley bid

Charlton have now put in a bid for Jayden Stockley according to Lancashire sources.  However, four League One clubs have now done so, including the Massives, and Portsmouth are still seen as favourites to secure his signature:

Saturday 12 June 2021

BBC tribute to Wales and Charlton 'footballing legend'

Chris Gunter was an unused substitute in this afternoon's 1-1 draw between Wales and Switzerland, but the BBC decided to pay their own tribute to Wales's most capped player.

Apparently, he is the unofficial DJ of the Wales team so BBC Sounds have put together a compilation of his favourite tracks:

Graham Tutt's story

Addicks keeper Graham Tutt talks to Benjy Nurick about the devastating eye injury at Sunderland that ended his career:

Friday 11 June 2021

Out of contract players want to stay

All out of contract players including Chuks Aneke want to stay at Charlton says Nigel Adkins:

However, no contracts have been actually signed and negotiations are proceeding with Steve Gallen.  Any deals will have to be within the budget.

Responding to comments that other League One clubs have already made signings, Adkins says that he recognises the importance of recruitment and is available all the time to talk to players.

A regular summer phenomenon is Charlton fans complaining about the paucity of signings.  However, the team that matters is the one that plays in the first match of the season.   There is no point in making signings for the sake of making a signing.   The emphasis has to be on quality and how the player fits into the way Adkins wants to play.

Thursday 10 June 2021

Saturday 5 June 2021

Stockley is Portsmouth target

Portsmouth are interested in Charlton target Jayden Stockley:: 

What I have been picking up is that Portsmouth are strapped for cash.  However, Preston have now given him permission to talk to Portsmouth.

A move to Portsmouth would be closer to his home town of Poole.   A transfer fee of £750,000, which is what Preston paid to Exeter, is expected.

Richard Cawley notes that he is attractive to most top end League One clubs.

Friday 4 June 2021

The story of the Barclay bid for Charlton

A full account of Andrew Barclay's unsuccessful attempt to buy Charlton, including a surprising allegation by Roland that Peter Varney was a crook:

Maynard-Brewer could go on loan

Ashley Maynard-Brewer, recently called up to Australia's under 23 squad, could be loaned out next season if he is not first choice goalkeeper:

Nigel Adkins wants to retain the services of Ben Amos.

Thursday 3 June 2021

No Crown Berger cup this year

Charlton fans have reacted with disappointment to the news that the annual fixture with Welling United at Park View Road which traditionally opens the pre-season is not happening this year.  The fixture was originally known as the Crown Berger Cup, although what happened to the cup is not known.

The fixture was convenient for locally based Charlton fans who have pointed out that Welling forms part of the Charlton family.

Wednesday 2 June 2021

Cardiff release Williams

Cardiff City have released Jonny Williams after six months, but I don't think we should be inviting him back:

Reports are indicating that Nottingham Forest are considering releasing Lyle Taylor who made only 15 Championship appearances last season.   Barnsley, Blackpool and Middlesbrough are considering taking him on loan.

A straw poll of nearly 300 Charlton fans showed a clear majority against a return to The Valley.

Tuesday 1 June 2021

Aneke deal still possible

Chuks Aneke has not turned down Charlton's contract offer, but at least five other clubs are interested in him.  These include Championship clubs: