So many chancers knocking around Charlton at the present time attempting to rip our famous club apart.
So, watching the Yann Kermorgant Valley Stories was a welcome reprieve and reminded us of what a wonderful player Yann was. A giant of a man on and off the pitch, genuine and honourable. Oh for a boardroom of Yann Kermorgant’s let alone team, as the old song used to go.
He certainly was extraordinarily loved by Addicks, and his departure was one of first very red flags of Roland Duchatelet’s ownership. I looked it up but he only played 89 games for us, and it got me thinking of how many other players became so cherished playing so few games. Young players sold-on aside.
Clive Mendonca played less 100 games for us, but mostly due to injuries. I’d be interested in your memories.
Conversely Johnnie Jackson played almost 300 games for the Addicks, and I don’t know if you have seen his Covid inspired music videos, but my are they bloody good. All written by himself, I think with help from his brother in law who is in the band The Rifles.
He has currently ‘released’ five songs and raised $5,000 for the charity Children with Cancer UK.
I was happy to listen to them again, so here they all are in one place:
Jorge Costa – A brickwall who played his last game for us at Old Trafford in a 0-0 draw. He was persauded to come down to say goodbye to the away fans not realising how much he was appreciated.
With you on that one Roger, one of my favourites, really made a difference when he arrived. Gave confidence to players around him. A player able to make an illegal last ditch challenge and make it look like it was him that had been fouled.
Jim Melrose played less than 100 games and scored almost 20 goals that helped us into the 1987 Play-Offs. He scored the all important solitary goal three minutes from time at Selhurst Park. Of course, after being all square over two legs, Melrose played well at St Andrew’s on a Friday night when we beat Leeds in extra time. Melrose was an inspired signing!
I loved Jim Melrose. Great pick. Played 48 games.
Thanks for the JJ selection, I had not seen them. How good is he.
I would put Andy Hunt and Eddie Youds into the proper (hard) blokes category. Andy Hunt has a surprisingly good scoring ratio (86/35) when I remember him being more of a support striker who did a lot of donkey work – sounded like a top bloke too from your post a while back.
My memory of Eddie Youds start to our Premiership campaign in 98/99 is a bit sketchy (I remember the shaky Carl Tiler all too well…..) but the relationship he forged with less experienced Rufus in our promotion season gave us that impregnable defence as we headed to the Sunderland play-off final. Illic may have grabbed the headlines with the Wembley save but in the 9 clean sheets leading to the game I don’t remember him having to make too many saves and he would later be exposed as not quite good enough for the Prem. Eddie, Eddie, Eddie Youds!
tex77 – loved that Eddie Youds song. And it’s now stuck in my head for the rest of the day!
Both great picks. Youds is a property developer now and Hunt still has his hotel in Belize.
And Roger – who was it whowas urging Costa to go to the fans that day? It had to be Chrissie Powell who absolutely got it. Great that the whole thing held up the Manure celebrations that day keeping Alex Ferguson waiting. They wouldn’t have had a clue what was going on! Real fans, real players.
Is it too early to include Lyle Taylor in the 100 games or less but still a Charlton legend club?
63 league games and 32 goals, add in assists and all round work rate and effort plus he’s a good bloke off the pitch.