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THE Match Report: Charlton 2 - 1 Aston Villa


Wow wow wow. We actually won!

Just a quick report as I am goin out in a min, but it took a lasp gasp Bryan Hughes header to win a match where we had gone 1-0 down through a penalty and Villa had a player sent off.

If we take this performance into Tuesday's game at the Emirates, a shock could be in order.

Have a great New Year

James - Staff Writer

THE Latest Rumour


After the press picking up on ex-Hearts captain Steven Pressley being at The Valley on Wednesday, it looked likely he would sign with us after passing his medical.


Today it has been revealed that Pressley stayed in Scotland and has signed an 18 month contract with Celtic. The player will not be eligable to play at Parkhead until January.


We have made one signing. The China FC captain Zheng Zhi has signed on loan with us until the end of the season with an option to sign permanently. Will be interesting to see what he is like.

James - Staff Writer

THE Match Report: Charlton 2 - 2 Fulham


Lots of boos were heard at the final whistle at The Valley this Wednesday night, not because we were poor, but we were robbed of 3 points. More on that a little later.

There was a great reception from the fans in front of the Sky cameras, the band was merrily playing, fans were singing along and all were happy, until Fulham went one up at 13mins.

But, unlike normal Charlton performances, we kept our heads up and 6 minutes later, after a bit of pinball in the box, Darren Ambrose levelled the game with a superb volley. The fans went wild and it was great that we had levelled.

But it wasn't all over there, just as the half time whistle was about to be blown, a goal kick from Carson went to the edge of the Fulham area, 2 Fulham players failed to clear it and Darren Bent ended his goal drought and slotted home. An excellent way to go in at half time.

We managed to keep our cool throughout the second half, but 3 minutes into added time, Graham Poll and his lino awarded a free kick for handball, where Diawara clearly didn't come into contact with the ball, with my own eyes and the sky cameras proving this.

Fulham went on to score.

Ourselves and Pardew couldn't believe it. We were robbed.

But we must take the positives, we played so much better than before, and fight like this is what is needed for us to stay in the Premiership.

James - Staff Writer

THE Big News: Reed Leaves, Pardew Returns


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Former Addick Alan Pardew has tonight been given the managers job at The Valley. Its is understood that Les Reed left the club by mutual consent. Not much else is known but the club is holding a press conference on Boxing Day giving more information.

A sad situation for Reed, but we need a fresh start. I do feel sorry for him as it seems Les had no choice to become the successor to Iain Dowie, and he gave it his best shot, but all of his Coaching Badges didnt mean anything as experience was what was needed. His only win was against Blackburn, and I do wish him well.

Now lets enjoy Christmas, Pardew is the man we need to save us!

James - Staff Writer

THE Match Report: Middlesbrough 2 - 0 Charlton


I really don't know what to think, I have been a fan for most of my 18 year life and I have been visiting The Valley regularly for around 5 years. Now is the time I come to think "Why didn't I support Man U?". Well thats a stupid thing to say as I love Charlton and I will always support that, something I never want to change, but recently myself and many other fans have been so low.

Why? You may ask.

Well this is because it looks as if we are on the brink of relegation, we have been knocked out in the Quarter Final of a cup we realistically had a chance of winning, by a team 3 leagues below us, and we have just signed a manager on a [3 year deal] who has had a worse record than Iain Dowie since taking over. What a Merry Christmas we are having.

Today we lost again to Middlesbrough, in the stadium where 5,250 fans saw The Addicks knocked out of the FA Cup in the Quarters last April. This time, it was a 2-0 loss.

I really am not looking forward to going to The Valley in 4 days to probably see another loss.

Have a great Christmas readers

James - Staff Writer

THE Big Mistake: Charlton 0 - 1 Wycombe


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When this match was first drawn, many Addicks fans thought that we had a strong chance to progress to the Semi's and maybe further. I was the same, but deep down I knew it wouldn't be this way. But we needed a catalyst to really try and get some motivation within the squad and this seemed to be a perfect chance to gain that.

Wycombe Wanderers, an average League 2 side, made the trip South of the Thames with 4,250 fans and they were enjoying every minute. But a rendition of Valley Floyd Road by bagpipes before the match seemed to drown them out a bit.

We seemed to start ok, but let that go to pot. From about 15 minutes onwards, Wycombe looked like they would score at every chance and on the 35th minute, Jermaine Easter did just that, putting the Chairboys 1-0 up.

It was the sounds of "You're Not Fit To Wear The Shirt" and heartfelt BOO's that would have brought shivers to the players when they left the pitch at half time, and they deserved it.

Passes were not being strung together, players were just hitting the ball and hoping, and to be honest, Woking FC look better than this in the conference!

The second half was just as dismal, we had attempts, but didn't seem to take them and Wycombe managed to keep the lead to take them into the next round of the competition.

More Boos and Chants were deservedly targeted at the players, and around 50 fans protested outside the entrance to the ground after the match.

I am really worried about the future now.

James - Staff Writer

THE Old Gaffer


As you probably have heard by now, former gaffer Alan Curbishley has been appointed the new manager of West Ham United. Former coach Mervyn Day has been appointed Assistant Manager as well.

Now this will be an interesting appointment as Alan has a challenge to get the Hammers out of a similar position to ourselves - in the zone!

Also it has been rumoured that Curb's first transfer target in January will be for Darren Bent. If he goes, which I think will be likely, I really have no hope in hell of us staying up in the premiership.

Good Luck to ya Curbs

James - Staff Writer

THE Match Report: Charlton 1 - 0 Blackburn!!!!!


"WE ARE STAYING UP SAID WE ARE STAYING UP" were the chants of the North Stand Faithful minutes after Talal El Karkouri scored the goal that lifted us off the bottom of the table and maybe the goal that turns our season around.

We definately deserved the win as we were the better team. I noticed, from behind by drum, that there was a sense of elecricity from the fans tonight. It may be because it was a night match but one of the longest ever C-A-F-C chants happened at the beginning of the first and second halves. It was great.

We came close a couple of times in the first with Lloyd Sam (making his full Premiership debut) coming the closest. But if it were not for the expert skills of Scott Carson, we wouldn't have come away winners. he made some point blank saves which Blackburn really should have scored.

But right from the beginning of the second, Charlton came close again with a great one-two from Lloyd Sam into the box, just missing Darren Bent.

It looked as if it would be a dissapointing draw, but deep into injury time, Charlton got a free kick at the edge of the area, after Marcus Bent's run was blocked. Talal El Karkouri and Andy Reid lined themselves up, just as my mate James said "Don't let The elk shoot" he takes a run up and GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLL! He curved it around the wall into the net, an amazing free kick and the fans went mental.

This is what we needed and the fans spent around 10 minutes celebrating after the final whistle. maybe this is the turn around point! Up The Addicks

James - Staff Writer

THE 3rd round FA Cup draw


Yep, Charlton will have the chance to be embarrased in the FA Cup 3rd round against non-league Salisbury or Nottingham Forest come January. The fixture was announced today.


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