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Nathan Jones leaves Luton

Despite being a staunch promotion rival you have to feel sorry for Luton Town fans after Nathan Jones left for Stoke City.

Addicks fans know how ambitious Jones is. Money I don’t think has ever been his drive, just the passion to work hard and improve. He left our coaching staff in 2013 to take up a role at Brighton, who were on the verge of good things. His two and a half years at Albion magnified his reputation and he took his first managerial role at Luton 3 years ago, and has had unprecedented success.

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New keeper on his way

The very experienced Chris Maxwell looks likely to sign on loan from Preston to compete with Dillon Phillips for the no. 1 jersey. The 28-year old Welshman has played over 350 games, and was Preston’s first choice all of last season, and this until November when he was sent off for two yellow cards. Ex-Addicks loanee Declan Rudd has grabbed his place.

Lee Bowyer, whilst often praising Phillips, clearly feels he can sign better, and I would think Bowyer has Maxwell pencilled into start. Phillips understandably will think that signals the end of his Charlton career and will run down his contract and move on in the summer.

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My 2018 Top Five Favourite TV Shows

To coincide with tonight’s Golden Globes, I thought I’d push this one out.

I watch less and less telly, real time TV anyway and Bermuda unsuprisingly is light years away from Catch Up and iPlayer etc but Netflix, Hula and iTunes are our friend and I can sit on the couch or on a plane and binge through a season of a TV show easily.

I’m always on the hunt for recommendations by the way, but these were my Top Five Favourite TV Shows that I watched last year, bearing in mind I may have been late to jump on them.

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Blog stats from 2018

In early January 2018 my millionth visitor clicked on this Blog. Prior to my move to WordPress in August 2010, I was less popular but still had 350,000 visits when my Blog was hosted by Blogger. In 2018 these pages had 177,649 visits, which means I have passed the 1,500,000 mark. Something to be proud off. And thank you.

Last year’s visit total was up on 2017 by 27%, although not quite as good as my record ever count in 2016.

I was pretty consistent in my output writing on average 17 posts a month. My most active being 20 in January. I did 14 in November. I wrote 207 in total, and still manage to hold down a full-time job!

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Charlton Athletic 1 Sunderland 1

I thought before the game with our injuries that I’d take a draw. I was even more certain after half hour as we were hanging on and behind to a 2nd minute goal. Sunderland had chances to bury us in that first 30 minutes, but by the half-time whistle the worm had started to turn and we finally started to get our act together.

2nd half was a diffent game. We were excellent and it was the Black Cats that were hanging on and riding their luck. Taylor deserved the rub of the green that saw his cross turned in for an own-goal equalizer. He was excellent again.

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Williams signs on a permanent

A 6-month deal seems smart. It means Jonny Williams actually becomes our player as opposed to someone else’s. We’re not just the vehicle that gets him fit or puts him in the shop window. In the summer we will be in the box seat to keep him depending on how both parties get on and it gives Williams a platform to showcase his talents, and importantly from Charlton’s perspective if the Welshman breaks down again then we are not paying him for years to come.

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My 2018 Top Five Favourite Places

Time then for my annual self indulgence. I’ve always been a list and top of this or worst of that sort of bloke. My daughter is the same. What’s your top five she will say after a day out or when staring at the Christmas tree baubles. Anyway I will try to plough through a few of these this month, so apologies in advance.

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