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Jesurun Rak-Sakyi announced

The name of yesterday’s 7th summer signing had been on Addicks’ lips for a while, despite the tongue twister.

19-year old Jesurun Rak-Sakyi has joined from Crystal Palace for a season long loan. The assumption for the delay was that Rak-Sakyi was negotiating a new 5-year contract with our rivals plus the emergence of plenty of competition for the winger’s signature including Cardiff and Birmingham offering Championship football.

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Isla del Encanto

We haven’t done anything spontaneous for a while. Years ago we would regularly make last minute trips bound for unknown places, but children and life got in the way of such whims and a global pandemic of course.

Anyway that outlook changed suddenly yesterday when we went online and booked a hotel and a flight to Puerto Rico for this morning.

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Charlton Athletic 1 Queens Park Rangers 1 (5-3 on pens)

I imagine those that went tonight would have enjoyed that. I did and I was in Tampa looking at ottomans, armoires and chaise longues, from where I was checking the latest score.

Almost as many QPR fans as Addicks at The Valley tonight, so credit to them. The ones we saw on the train back from Preston were very affable although very disappointed in their first day defeat at Blackburn. I guess we are all a little intrigued to see how Mike Beale does there over there this season.

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Charlton Athletic 1 Derby County 0

Talk about a game of two halves.

We should have been dead and buried at the break, at least 0-3 down with O’Connell the pinnacle of a dreadful bunch and only Joe Wollacott showing any signs of life with a terrific performance that kept us in the game.

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Florida escape

Time to escape the high heat and the nudging 100% humidity of Bermuda, so we are flying to Florida tomorrow for, er more of the same. Actually as an expert in sweating during summers, I think Florida’s heat is a lot more bearable, probably due to modern day air-conditioning. Our Bermuda home built of large slabs of limestone is more than 200 years old, and the air-conditioning units possibly not much younger!

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Crowd troubles

What are the thoughts on attendance on Saturday?

Ordinarily with a good prevailing wind of optimism there’d be 20,000 at The Valley on Saturday, but I don’t reckon it will be anywhere near that.

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Accrington Stanley 2 Charlton Athletic 2

First games are always difficult to judge, but judge them we do. There were definitely passages of play, Fraser’s goal as an example, where evidence of an identity that Ben Garner is trying to instill were there to see.

There was also some initial concerns, some which had already been pinpointed when studying Swindon from last season. This team as it stands is going to concede goals, and I honestly can’t see us scoring enough to counter that each week.

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On our way

Before the fixtures came out my brother, son and a couple of mates vowed to all get together for the opening game of the season. Rain or shine, home or away.

Other than the coastal towns of Fleetwood and Morecambe, we couldn’t have been drawn further away, and then the bloody trains decided to go on strike.

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Any stories behind the numbers?

Squad numbers mean less than they ever did, but they are always worth a study to see if there is a story behind the numbers.

The headline is that Joe Wollacott has taken the no. 1 shirt from Craig MacGillivray, who unlucky for him is given no. 13. No surprise that Garner is going to start with the ex-Swindon ‘keeper, but a kick in the teeth for last year’s custodian.

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Kick off approaches

It comes to something when we are hardly mentioned in promotion talk, and most ‘experts’ have us down as mid table. Nothing more, nothing less like it or not but this is where we are as we begin our fourth season in five in the 3rd Division.

Optimism is very muted among Addicks, more than I can ever remember it being so, despite the club having many tougher years and discouraging summers.

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Player sponsorship

I’m very aware that this Blog is becoming a home for some gloom-mongering grumbles, and I don’t know, but today’s player sponsorship announcement annoyed me.

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London bound

I fly to the UK tonight deciding to go around the houses to get to Heathrow to avoid, at the time, striking BA staff and the seemingly unavoidable crazy cost of airline fares.

The cost of airline travel due to fuel rises and returning post pandemic demand is off the charts at the moment, and in Bermuda where BA monopolize the transatlantic route and we are still not back to a complete schedule, the cost of flights are rapacious.

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Wouldn’t we just love to have that echoing around The Valley. We’d all like nothing more than seeing Miles Leaburn make it big (no pun intended), but although physically he is strong, there have been too many examples over the years of young players being thrown in too early, despite what both Thomas Sandgaard and Ben Garner says.

Ben Garner will know what is needed and has inherited a physical aerial striker in Jayden Stockley, who does not suit Garner’s system, and in Garner’s words “a deconditioned” striker in Chuks Aneke, who already has injury concerns a week before the real business starts.

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White and black away days

As the club celebrates 30 years since the return to The Valley, the new white away shirt pays tribute to the hard-working volunteers and supporters who helped dig out the origins of the stadium in 1919.

Rising from the shell of an abandoned chalk pit in SE7, an army of volunteers helped dig out the area for the pitch, using the materials to build up makeshift stands in what was already a natural, and so The Valley was born.” (more)

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Davison joins AFC Wimbledon

Josh Davison has joined Johnnie Jackson’s AFC Wimbledon on a 3-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

22-year old Davison joined in October 2019 and played 35 times, scoring 6 goals.

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