Skip to content

Squad numbers

Despite my growing age putting me in ever higher brackets in surveys, I still take a keen interest in both Charlton kits and squad numbers. I haven’t worn a football shirt for donkeys, but I do like to check out the squad numbers for ideas of who is most likely to be first choice or any signs of wacky superstition by players.

Today is about the last day squad numbers can be announced, and that is what Charlton did today.

Please click for more

Reeves signs

At last. More will he wont he’s than a vegetarian sat in front of bacon sandwich.

Ben Reeves, a long time target of Karl Robinson, signed a 2-year contract this afternoon. Reeves is an attacking midfielder with a good eye for goal and played 86 league games in 4-years for MK Dons scoring 24 goals. The Dorset born 25-year old has 2 Northern Ireland caps.

Please click for more

Confidence booster

It is pretty much proven that pre-season friendly results have no bearing on what is expected to follow from a long season. Fitness, unity, systems is what it is all about save for the last game or two, when managers tend to put out their proposed starting line up’s. In all honesty those results are also meaningless save for a sound thrashing or a confidence-busting good result, which has to have an affect on players and coaches as they enter the opening league fixture.

Well. And how must Ipswich fans be feeling this morning?

Maybe Ipswich were poor, but no one has ever won a football game 6-1 without making the other side look poor, so beating a team from the league above so convincingly has to have a positive mental effect.

Please click for more

Keeps signs

The goalkeeper spot has been a summer priority and it was a surprise that so few names had been mentioned in dispatches. Dillon Phillips has appeared not have grasped the opportunity during pre-season and an experienced ‘keeper became a necessity. Ben Amos was linked with us a few days ago, and signed on a season long loan this morning from Bolton.

I personally would have liked to have seen a permanent signing but there are a whole raft of young or out of favour keepers around and a loan was always more likely. The last negotiations came down to how much we would have to contribute to Amos’ hefty salary that he negotiated for himself when he joined Wanderers from Man U on a free in 2015.

Please click for more

Golden oldies

Great to read about a planned Curbs v Gritty match to celebrate 25 years back at The Valley and to importantly raise funds for the Charlton Athletic Community Trust.

The two sides captained by Steve and Alan and managed by Addicks’ legend Keith Peacock and Addicks’ fan Dave Berry will take place at The Valley on Sunday, September 17th, the day after Gills away. (more)

Please click for more

Anymore for anymore?

Any news of further incomings appears to have slowed, although the ‘we are working hard behind the scenes’ mantra was rolled out again this week by Karl Robinson, who also stated that he expected no one else to leave. This alone may stifle any additions to the squad as no one really expected the likes of Naby Sarr, Tony Watt or perhaps even Karlan Ahearne-Grant to still be here, although it is best to remember that the transfer window has another 5 weeks, so still plenty of time for movement both ways.

Please click for more

New shirts very fitting

Well we have a promotion winning kit, now to see if those that wear it are not only fit for it but can make it proud.

Thank you to Hummel for the new kits, of which the home one is not only unique but champions our history and to of course better days. The away one is original and would work very well as a gym shirt or something to wear to the pub. Good contrasts of blue and again a shout to the blue away kit of 25 years ago.

Please click for more