Saturday, 14 July 2007

Friday, 13 July 2007

Its Regs Son

Its no great surprise that Reg's son and Todorov won the vote to lead the line in the up and coming season, followed by Iwulemo who impressed down at Tooting the other day. The antipathy for Marcus means that most of the addicted would prefer James Walker to lead the line than Marcus, the former picking up 6 votes and the latter only 2.

We have to remember that Varney is unproven at this level and as such is a risk, as fans we should not be putting too much pressure on his shoulders. Bents perfromance at Tooting was reported as much more positive than we have seen, so maybe Pards and he have come to an agreement or he is playing for his transfer, or Tooting were so rubbish it was impossible not to shine.

After the midweek friendlies, Pards indicated that Todorov needed to sharpen up and hopefully the coaching staff can work on that, after all it was only the opening game.

Still waiting on todays result from the behind closed doors game against a Chelsea XI, not currently in the USA.

With 151 votes cast Luke Varney polled 60, Todorov 52, Iwulemo 33, Walker 6 and Bent 2.

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

One year ago today....

The decline began as Dowie made his first big signing Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, according to Sky Sports, however it looks like they got it wrong by one day and it was yesterday. Anyway to remind you what the Fat Boy had to say:-

"It's going to be a big challenge but I think it was the right move for me.

"Charlton is a club that is moving in the right direction, upwards, and that wants to achieve things. I'm just delighted that I got the opportunity to be part of it.

"I definitely have the hunger (presumably for doughnuts) and I definitely think I have two more years in me (Just not this one). At the moment I feel like a little boy getting a bit of candy and I'm very happy and just ready to go.”

Fat Eddy Murphy, he's just a fat Eddy Murphy

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Concerns Over Weaver

Ok he had a barny with the Covered end when he was a teenager and the following year got an ear full from Kins when he returned to the Valley and failed to save a penalty, since then whenever he has visited the Valley he has received rutual abuse, I can get over that. But I have a concern with Nicky Weaver. In his interview on the Official site Nicky says unashamedly

"The fans gave me plenty last season but it was all light-hearted I thought; it made me laugh and wasn't anything I found offensive."

So 24,000 fans singing "Nicky Weaver takes it up the ar*e", did not offend our Nicky. Is it not offensive because this true, or he is thick skinned, or deaf. I think we need to know.

A tale of two James's

I am a big admirer of Liverpool and its players, there was a time when I did not believe that Liverpool and Charlton would ever be in the same division, not unless Liverpool dramatically declined, so it saddens me to hear a Liverpool player bleating on about how he is giving up his international career because he has not been picked by the manager. Jamie Carragher is a good player, but never has he been a divine right player. "At 29 if I have other players picked in front of me that are younger than me then what chance have I got. I have done it all, won the European Champions League, lost last years final" - roughly his quote from a rant on Talk radio. Well maybe he should look at David Beckham, a player who most pundits wrote off as McClaren took the reigns. Beckham fought his way back in the team and McClaren and the majority of the press had to eat humble pie. It was more embarrassing for McClaren to put Beckham into the team, it would be for him to acknowledge Carraghers form for Liverpool and give him a starting place. What about Darren Bent of Spurs, overlooked for Arsenal reserve, Theo Walcott, maybe he should withdraw from International Football, Both our Ambrose and Thomas have been overlooked, again and again, they should be getting their PR agents onto an announcement immediately.

What is it with these Scousers, Jamie Carragher for England, Danny Murphy for Charlton .. it seems if you are a scouser then you must play regardless of who else is around.

Then you have David James, a player who has been blasted, but still is probably the best goalkeeper able to qualify for England, for 90% of the time. But despite being dropped from the number one spot, despite having to compete against Paul Robinson, Ben Foster and Scott Carson, despite the nickname Calamity James says he is still available, it would be an honour to play for England, would never withdraw his availability.

Both players have worn the Liverpool jersey and both have represented their country with honour but Carragher has shown a distinct lack of bottle for fighting for his place, who could imagine Terry Butcher lying down and taking it if he had failed to establish a place in the team. there are hundreds of players in the Prem and Coca Cola who would die to play for England, but for Carragher it is such a worthless honour that he is willing to skulk over at Anfield, whereas David continues to promote the cause and fight for his place, I know who I would rather have in my team.

Monday, 9 July 2007

Kelly goes all Scunny

Having turned down Bradford City last week for a loan period, Kelly Youga has got his wish of a Championship loan and is moving to Scunthorpe until Christmas. Bradford : Scunthorpe what a choice young Kelly had to make. There is not a lot one can say about a move to Scunthorpe, other than enjoy the steel works and good luck, see ya after Chritmas.

Sunday, 8 July 2007

Womens Team break up

As we continue to wait for the results of the negotiations for the Womens team sponsorship, the women have started to take action themselves. Unsurprisingly the team members cannot sit around waiting for the result and two Lynch pins of the team have decided to cross London and join Chelsea. More could follow unless the sponsorship agreement is concluded quickly. It is a shame that the 2nd most successful team in English Womens Football should decline in this way, but maybe in reality, without the tangible support of the FA and Sky, a minority sport like Womens Football can only be entertained by clubs that know they have a long term future at the highest echelons of the football pyramid. Good luck to the two girls and the rest of the players looking for a future in football.