No. 1 in South London

What a day!

Met my son at London Bridge and we had a couple of beers in a nearby pub returning to get the train just after 2 o'clock.

Plenty of police at the station but none on the train. The carriage in front of us had a lot of Charlton inside, primarily fans with shirts/scarves and a few kids. No problems until we reached Sydenham ... then it was clear that something had started in the front carriage with a number of Charlton fans moving back having been attacked by Palaaarse. The thing that got me was that the Charlton were primarily young fans wearing colours, no troublemakers at all ... a very cowardly action from the locals. It appears that the attack was a total set-up as the Palaaarse jumped into the train at Sydenham and then immediately left. Surely this could have been anticipated by the police?

In any event, it meant that we were all ordered off the train and told to find an alternative means of transport. With the cab office telling us it would be at least 20 minutes wait, this seemed unlikely. Fortunately the train was eventually moved on and we got on the following train, eventually arriving at the ground 15 minutes late.

Plenty of Charlton there and for the majority of the game you would have thought it was a home match - does not appear to be a lot of singing by the home lot these days. As expected, Jordan came in for a lot of justified abuse.

As often happens with local derby's, the game was not the best but we certainly ensured that the atmosphere was way up.

Weaver had to work for probably the first time this season, and he made at least 3 great saves ... proves he can still play at a good level. In view of our sometime flaky defence, I had been expecting a hatful of goals in this game ... however, the back four limited the home side to only a few opportunities.

The goal was well taken by Toddy but was a prime of example of how direct football can pay results ... a long clearance from Weaver was the impetus for the goal.

Reidy was magnificent, and ZZ initiated a number of good moves. Up front Iwelumo was perhaps unfortunate once or twice, but the prize for worst finish must go to Izzy in the closing moments ... how he failed to score, I don't know.

Danny Mills was not at his best but the way he got stuck in in the last 10 minutes showed he still has a passion for Charlton - he wasn't going to let anything past him.

Brilliant celebrations at the end not only from the fans but from the players and manager as well.

Reidy was going crazy with excitement as was Danny Mills who pulled his shirt off and threw it into the crowd. He even got Toddy jumping around. Pards showed how important this result was for him as well, by joining the players in the celebrations ... you would have thought we had just won a Cup !!!

And with Chrissy doing his usual at the end of the game to the encouragement of the crowd ... oooooooooooH ... you would have thought we were at home.

It's been a great week for Charlton and we are moving in the right direction.


Anonymous said...

Why do so many idiots go to these local games? May have been some from Palace on your train but there were def just as many from Charlton, including one sat in front of me...just looking for a fight. Wasn't it great to see the celebrations from the players after the game, have not seen anything like that for a long time and made you feel proud to be a fan again.

Chicago Addick said...

At least it seems rumours of a Charlton fan stabbed were unfounded. In response to the comment above in 33 years of following the club home and away I have never known or heard off Charlton fans attacking Dads and kids of an opposing set of fans.

Glad you only missed the first 15 mins and enjoyed the game StoneMuse.

charlton north-downs said...

Good report Stonemuse
Remember missing 20 minutes in a cup tie at Palace but the crowd then was over 30,000 and we won 2-0 Ray Treacy scored both. Would have gone but it was my sons 18th birthday party.

Anonymous said...

I remeber that Night at Selhurst in the FA CUP Replay , sliding about on the Mud Bank seemed like a Home Game!Then Ray Treacy scoring the 2 goals .
A Magic night indeed.
The shame was that season Charlton a good footballing team were beaten to promotion by a a tram of Kickers from Palarse.

StoneMuse said...

I was at the Selhurst game too - great memories - Ray Treacy yeehhhh!

charlton north-downs said...

Watched the game with my Dad and Alan Campbell had the game of his life. A lot of players hit their peak that season, as the following year we only avoided relegation by beating Bristol City in the last match of the season.

StoneMuse said...

Alan Campbell - still one of my favourite Charlton players of all time!

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