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Charlton Preview

By: Richard Hubbert
Date: 20/09/2004

PREMIERSHIP big boys Charlton Athletic travel to Blundell Park for the first time in five years on Tuesday night in front of an expected 7,000 crowd in Cleethorpes, hoping that Russell Slade’s men can pull off another cup shock.

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Town will enter this exciting game with Charlton with confidence high following their much needed 2-0 win over Leyton Orient on Saturday. That win followed three successive defeats to Wycombe, Rochdale and Macclesfield. Russell Slade’s side have a good home record already this season, particularly if you discount the Rochdale defeat.

The Opposition

Charlton, meanwhile have had an inconsistent start to their Premiership season. They have been thumped twice on their travels already this year - with beatings at Bolton (4-1) and Manchester City (4-0). Despite this, it’s one of Charlton’s best starts to a Premiership season, netting eight points from six games, lying in 9th place in the Premiership. Of course they have an array of talent in their squad, but Town fans and players can take heart from the fact that Charlton have one of the worst records in the League Cup in the country, as pointed out by the Charlton Athletic official website. You may also note that the Mariners are managed by someone called Andy Rodger! The Addicks manager meanwhile, Alan Curbishley (left) is perhaps one of the most respected managers in the English game. Curbishley has worked wonders for the London side since taking the reigns in 1991 with Steve Gritt, then going solo in the summer of 1995. Curbishley has not just maintained Premiership football, but has made the Addicks a force to be reckoned with in the upper tier of English football.

Their Squad
Just where do you start? Charlton have so many players that on their day can turn a game on it’s head. But perhaps the biggest name to stand out from their teamsheet is Danny Murphy who was signed just days before the start of the Premiership season for £2.5 million. Murphy has eight England caps to his name, whilst Francis Jeffers (left), another summer signing, has a great record in an England shirt, scoring in his one and only game under Sven Goran Eriksson against Australia in February 2003. Danish international Dennis Rommedahl also arrived at the Valley this summer, for a fee of £2 million. One of Charlton’s most consistent performers is ex Bury goalkeeper Dean Kiely, who after five year’s service to the club and nearly 200 appearances, has more than paid back his £1 million price fee. Playing in front of him will be former Spurs defenders Chris Perry and Luke Young, who before this season had never scored a professional goal, but now has bagged two! Graham Stuart provides experience aplenty in midfield, whilst Kevin Lisbie, who has played against the Mariners in Division One, could be up front.

Key Player
Danny Murphy (left) - if the England man is given any time on the ball for Charlton, Town will surely be punished

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WLeyton Orient(h)2-0
Currently 15th in League Two.
LMan City(a)0-4
WAston Villa(h)3-0
WPortsmouth(h)2-1 (cup)
Currently 10th in the Premiership.

Team News


  • New signing Terrel Forbes is cup tied having already played in the Cup this season for QPR against Swansea in August. Therefore Greg Young is in line for a recall in defence.

  • Russell Slade will sweat on the fitness of Captain Justin Whittle and leading scorer Thomas Pinault. Whittle a back problem, whilst Pinault has a sore groin. If Whittle doesn’t make it then Town could be required to change their formation and perhaps move Jason Crowe to the back, with no more recognised fit centre halves at the club. Pinault meanwhile, could be replaced by Stacy Coldicott.

  • Chris Williams is also cup tied, but Paul Robinson has been given permission to play by parent club Tranmere Rovers.
  • Charlton boss Alan Curbishley has stated that he intends to play a full strength side on Tuesday, with perhaps the odd change. This could mean a start for Graham Stuart in the midfield. He might also give Francis Jeffers a start in attack in place of Kevin Lisbie who has started all of Charlton’s games so far this season.

  • Paul Konchesky could also come in for Herman Hreidarsson at left back.
  • Probable Teams


    1Anthony Williams
    24Dean Gordon
    6Justin Whittle
    3Greg Young
    8Jason Crowe
    15Terry Fleming
    17Thomas Pinault
    2John McDermott
    7Ashley Sestanovich
    9Michael Reddy
    10Andy Parkinson
    1Dean Kiely
    2Luke Young
    24Jonathan Fortune
    5Chris Perry
    18Paul Konchesky
    7Radostin Kishishev
    13Danny Murphy
    15Talel Al Karkouri
    4Graham Stuart
    11Francis Jeffers
    21Jonatan Johansson



    11Stacy Coldicott
    16Ronnie Bull
    27Paul Robinson
    12Graham Hockless
    23Clint Marcelle
    20Bryan Hughes
    10Kevin Lisbie
    9Jason Euell
    19Dennis Rommendahl
    12Hermann Hreidarsson

    Head to Head

    two sides have met 50 times during their history, with Charlton having the edge - beating the Mariners 21 times, with the Marines managing only 17 victories. Meetings between the two sides always seem to produce goals - the two sides drew 5-5 in the 1930s, while more recently there have been 4-0 and 5-2 victories for the Addicks.

    P 50 W 17 D 12 L 21 F 71 A 82

    Charlton Head-to-Head (30th on The Opposition Ladder).


  • Two of the Mariners greatest strikers both enjoyed spells with Charlton Athletic. The first is Matt Tees who had a four year stay at the Valley in between two spells with the Mariners. The Scottish forward scored 93 goals in 196 games for Town.

  • Clive Mendonca needs little introduction to either sets of fans. "Super Clive" scored 59 times in 166 games at Blundell Park - his most impressive being in the 1997-97 season, when he hit 20 goals. He then travelled down south to Charlton for a fee of £800,000 in 1997 where he helped them to two promotions - scoring a memorable hat trick for the Addicks at Wembley in the play off final against the club he supported, Sunderland. Clive’s career was sadly ended after injury at the age of 32, but is held in great esteem by Town and Charlton fans alike - I’m sure both sets of fans will be pleased to see him at the game.

  • One player who is perhaps more popular in Cleethorpes than London is Andy Todd, who had an alleged bust up with Charlton keeper Dean Kiely a few years back. After that he had made his 27th and final appearance for the Addicks, and later that season arrived on loan at Blundell Park with the Mariners second bottom of the first division and destined for relegation. However, Todd inspired Town to turn around their season and avoid relegation, with some classy displays at the heart of the Mariners defence, making him one of the best players in a Town shirt at Blundell Park in recent years. Todd now plays for Blackburn Rovers.

  • Martin Pringle of course moved to Blundell Park on loan with Todd in that very season, until his career was very sadly ended with a broken leg against Stockport in only his second game for Town. The former Swedish international was just regaining full fitness with Town until that "tackle" from David Challinor, which ended his football career. Pringle had been an important part of the Charlton team that won the First Division Championship in the 1999/2000 season, and he made 34 appearances, scoring 11 goals.

  • Last Meeting

    Town last played Charlton four years ago when they met at the Valley in the First Division. How the club’s fortunes have changed since then! Charlton ran out 4-0 winners against a Town side who only just survived relegation that season. Shaun Newton gave Charlton a 1-0 lead at half time, but then Town fell apart in the second half with Matias Svensonn, Carl Tiler and Andy Hunt netting for Alan Curbishley’s men. Graham Stuart, Dean Kiely, John McDermott and Stacy Coldicott are the sole survivors from that game.

    Grimsby Team: Coyne, McDermott, Pouton, Lever, Gallimore, Donovan, David Smith (Allen, 58), Coldicott, Groves, Black, Clare
    Subs: (not used) Nicholls,Butterfield,Croudson,Buckley,

    Charlton Team: Kiely, Barness, Rufus, Brown (Tiler, 45), Powell, Newton, Stuart, Kinsella, Robinson (Parker, 69), Hunt (Kitson, 62), Svensson
    Subs: (not used) Royce,Salako

    Attendance: 19,364    Report


    Fishy prediction: Town narrowly lose


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