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One year on

A year ago yesterday Thomas Sandgaard rode into SE7 like a knight in shining armor with a guitar slung over his shoulder.

It has been a difficult first year for Sandgaard, but I for one would not forego difficult for non-existent, because that is where we were heading under a series of crooks and chancers that followed the negligence of Roland Duchatelet.

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Sing a song for Sebbo

The Valley Seb Lewis mosaic looks fantastic and is a brilliant and lasting tribute to a fellow fan, but not just any fan. Seb sadly died due to Covid-19 in March, 2020.

Seb dedicated his whole life to following Charlton around the country. Not everyone knew him, or even knew of him, but he represented both the quirkiness and that special loyalty of being a Charlton fan. He was to coin a phrase – Proper Charlton.

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Charlton Athletic 2 Portsmouth 2

Not really sure how to react to that. The game showed us good, mediocre and bad. There was good character to come back twice from behind, but the 1st half was very poor and Pompey should have been home and hosed by the time we even got going. Yet, even then we had more chances than we’ve had in any home match this season.

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Defiance

A pretty defiant press conference from Nigel Adkins yesterday, and who would blame him on the back of the best 45 minutes, by far, we have seen us this season, plus a valuable point.

Question is, is this the start of a journey or are we on the night bus to nowhere. That used to be the N199 🚌, not sure it still is.

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Gillingham 1 Charlton Athletic 1

Seven more changes from Nigel Adkins tonight, include the dropping of skipper Jayden Stockley, and it really was sh1t or bust for the Addicks manager. By the end what we had was probably our best 45 minutes of the season followed by a reverting to type.

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Tuesday is about more than winning

Tomorrow is not even about winning for me, it is about style and substance.

Adkins’ team selection will tell us a lot about his state of mind. Pull up the drawbridge and hang in there for a point or go for a much needed three points. Whatever his ambition, give us a team that are hungry and organized.

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Wycombe Wanderers 2 Charlton Athletic 1

Another defeat, but it wasn’t just that, it was another game where we weren’t even in it. One shot on target and completely outplayed. Devoid of ideas, identity and confidence.

Don’t let the injury time goal from Lavelle turn your head or the couple of scrambles that followed. This was terrible, we deserved nothing.

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Ryan & Ronnie

What a pair. One made of glass the other invisible ink.

Inniss is a real shame. The big fella has real ability and is very capable of playing well above this level, but signing him was always going to be a risk and so it has proven.

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Emma Raducanu

When I was 18 I was in Henry’s in Bromley drinking beer, trying to chat to girls and get Scott Minto’s autograph.

Emma Raducano’s achievement tonight of becoming the U.S. Open champion is quite mindboggling. She came from out of literally nowhere. Just 18 and with a youth tennis path so different to child prodigy’s we have seen in the past.

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Charlton Athletic 1 Cheltenham Town 2

Well that little boost of optimism lasted all of five minutes, in fact Watson couldn’t even get the opening second right when he kicked off when everyone else took the knee. Watson’s afternoon did not get any better.

Our worst start to a season for 15 years and just out of the League One relegation places on goal difference after Cheltenham Town, on their first ever visit to The Valley, gave us a footballing lesson.

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Never forget

20 years ago. It seems implausible. What happened that day was almost implausible.

Everyone remembers where they were when they first heard about a Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel fly high into New York’s World Trade Center north tower at 8.45am on September 11th, 2001.

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Sustainable transfer vision

From someone who was asking for some leadership commentary on our transfer strategy through the silence leading up to the deadline, it would be amiss of me if I wasn’t to praise the article yesterday with included insight from Sandgaard, Roddy, Gallen and Adkins.

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Henderson is back too

Not a surprise this one, although there was a thought that Nigel Adkins would use the emergency loan market for a back-up keeper, but out-of-contract 33-year old Stephen Henderson signed a one-year contract yesterday.

In the 5 years since leaving Charlton, Stephen Henderson has only played 16 first team matches, but he did have a good spell with us over two seasons and was a popular player amongst a squad that had few endearing qualities at the time.

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Left back signs

Charlton added a much-needed left back to their squad today, and it was a slightly peculiar pick. Steve Gallen has a good relationship with Dougie Freedman at Palace, and looks another tip-off from our South London rivals.

Pape Souare has hardly played during the past few years last playing in the French 2nd Division during the Covid hit 2019/20 season. Palace had signed him in January 2015, and he played 34 games for them in that first Premier League season.

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It’s a wrap as Lavelle and Leko join

As the clock turned 23.00 hours BST word got out that we had two final signings in the bag.

Then shortly after the hour 24-year old Morecambe captain Sam Lavelle, and old friend Jonathan Leko on loan from Lee Bowyer’s Birmingham were announced.

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