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Posts from the ‘Cup Run’ Category

Addicks’ U18 go out of the FA Youth Cup

I had the FA Youth Cup 5th Round game on in the office today and it was a thoroughly enjoyable watch. Our U18’s went down 0-2 at home to Brighton which was no shame as their Cat One academy play in the Premier League and knocked Man City out in the last round.

Brighton are also known for hoovering up young talent from the lower leagues, and abroad including recently our young ‘keeper James Beadle. Ex-Addicks’ academy player Jeremy Sarmiento is also on the Seagull’s books.

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Hartlepool United 2 Charlton Athletic 2 (5-4 on pens)

I hadn’t had previously bothered with the Pizza 🍕 Trophy but in recent days the pepperoni started to stir and we could all see that arch in the close distance, but another collapse at the quarter final hurdle. We can’t even beat League Two opposition to make our first semi-final for 37 years.

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Charlton Athletic 0 Norwich City 1

So just the one chance of a Cup Final now after exiting the FA Cup at The Valley this afternoon in front of a decent and noisy crowd.

First and foremost we should be proud of the performance, but we should have won, and showed how toothless this squad is in front of goal without the two players that have scored half of our goals so far this season.

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Cup distraction

Cup runs are not two words that have been in Addicks’ fans vocabulary in recent years, but it is January and we are still feature in two and they provide a welcome distraction from the league this week.

We haven’t played a Premier League club at The Valley since we were relegated from the top tier in 2007. Norwich City visit in the FA Cup next Sunday when I expect Jackson to put out the strongest team he can.

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Boxing Day game called off

The Addicks’ Boxing Day clash at Wimbledon, the nearest we get to a derby these days, has been postponed due to Covid.

Sparrows Lane was closed earlier in the week due to new cases, although even yesterday Charlton were selling additional tickets for Sunday’s game, and Jacko was hopeful that Akin Famewo, Conor Washington and Josh Davison could all return after 7 days of isolation and no symptoms.

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Gateshead 0 Charlton Athletic 2

It was all about the result this. We are not the best at negotiating banana skins, especially when combined with games being shown live on the box.

I didn’t see the game as I was travelling and working but have caught upoin it. Sounded as if the Heed gave us some wobbles at the back, with Stephen Henderson in what was much needed fine form.

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Cup game on TV

Bit of a shame really as I’d imagine a night in either Newcastle or Manchester would have appealed to many Addicks, but the game has been chosen for TV and at the worst time if you were planning on going. Mind you one could now make a weekend of it!

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Charlton Athletic 4 Havant & Waterlooville 0

Our first FA Cup win for three years, it wasn’t smooth running, but we did the basics and finally found a way past a tidy and organized H&W back line.

The first half sounded very unexciting with just 3,865 in the stadium including an noisy 874 from Hampshire. It was 0-0 at the break, and although Henderson had to save from a corner, other than a couple of dead ball situations once we got the opening goal is one way coasting.

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Home draw in the FA Cup

Not a draw we really wanted. Torquay United or Havant & Waterlooville at home in the FA Cup 1st Round. the game to played over the weekend of November 6th.

Havant & Waterlooville managed a last gasp equalizer on Saturday in Devon to draw 2-2 and take The Gulls back to Hampshire on Wednesday.

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Charlton Athletic 0 AFC Wimbledon 1

Another disappointing but hardly surprising cup night at The Valley. We’ve made so many League Cup 1st Round exits in the last decade another one hardly registers.

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Charlton Athletic 0 Plymouth Argyle 1

The first time in 11 seasons that we’ve exited the FA Cup in the 1st Round, and only the second time since 1973, but Lee Bowyer didn’t appear to care much, and he made the point in as many words at least, that if the players had cared more we wouldn’t have lost.

Bow was pretty scathing in his post-match press conference about most things – the players who came back in, bar one or two, the amount of games, the “stupid cup” on Tuesday and the international break. Marcus Maddison was given the benefit of doubt but his expectation of the midfielder’s work rate was left in little doubt.

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West Ham United 3 Charlton Athletic 0

No shame in that.

A poor five minutes where Sebastien Haller, who cost the Hammers the same as all of Charlton’s assets put together, scored twice, and then a late third by Felipe Anderson, who cost the same amount bar the west stand and a couple of astroturf pitches at the training ground.

What at one point looked like a severe confidence denting was averted and in the 2nd half we were for periods the better team, and there were plenty of positives we and Lee Bowyer can take away from the game.

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West Ham away

What a right old knees up that would have been if we’d been allowed to travel to West Ham in the League Cup 2nd Round. Other than playing the Nigels a couple of times, this is probably our best League Cup draw for two decades. Poxy Covid!

The Hammers’ Tax Payers Stadium has a cup allocation of 8,000. We would have taken that many wouldn’t we?

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Swindon Town 1 Charlton Athletic 3

Friendly, kick-about, run out, cup tie.. whatever you call it, it was a nice confidence booster for Lee Bowyer and his team today.

In front again of Thomas Sandgaard plus his family, Bowyer put out a team capable of winning the game but it still included 17-year old Charlie Barker and 20-year old James Vennings.

Ben Amos started in goal with Ashley Maynard-Brewer on the bench with Dillon Phillips told he either commits to the club or doesn’t play. The Addicks lined up in a fluid 4-3-3.

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Charlton Athletic 0 West Bromwich Albion 1

No surprise unfortunately as we whimpered out of the cup again, but with obvious mitigating circumstances as an extraordinary young Addicks team that included a 16-year old lost to a far more experienced West Brom side.

Chris Brunt, Gareth Barry and Charlie Austin alone have played more than 1,600 games between them. Barry making his professional debut before seven of our lot were even born!

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