Monday, May 07, 2007

The Last Post

Not for me, but the trumpet strains of the first few bars have started at The Valley, prior to tonights game against Spurs.
Results over the weekend now make it all but impossible for Charlton to survive in the Premiership this season. 50 years after a similarly traumatic season that saw a change of management of a long period of solidity, the Addicks will go down once more. Hopefully, the future will hold a brighter option than on that occasion when it took another fifteen years to see Charlton leave the second tier, and then in the wrong direction!
Of course, wins tonight and on Sunday at Anfield would leave egg on this bloggers face, and I would love that to happen. But personally I will go along to The Valley tonight to wish a fond farewell to some players, and hopefully a quick return to the money-league in a years time with a new fresh looking squad.
All sixteen thousand plus Charlton supporters who have already bought season tickets would like nothing better than that!
This is the team I think Pardew will send out in the last home game of the season -
Scott Carson
Luke Young
Madjid Bougherra
Souleymane Diawara
Hermann Hreidarsson
Alexandre Song
Matt Holland
Zheng Zhi
Darren Ambrose
Dennis Rommedahl
Darren Bent

Subs from Randolph, Faye, Hughes, Lisbie, Hasselbaink, Thomas.
The starting eleven (and some of the subs) could, bar Bougherra, all realistically be making their last home appearances for Charlton. I expect some others will stay, but that will depend on how messrs Varney and Murray have added their sums up and what the real budget looks like for Championship football.
For Scott Carson, it will be the last time we see him in goal for us, as he will into be allowed to play against Liverpool (or hopefully Charlton!) next weekend.

Spurs still want to win each of their last three games to get as high up the league as they can, and also to ensure European qualification. After a brief challenge, I expect them to have a pretty easy night tonight.
Pedro45's score forecast is a resounding 4-1 defeat; I wish I could be optimistic, but I am more of a realist I'm afraid. I would love nothing more than Darren Bent to score a hattrick to make him to the top English scorer in the Premiership for the second season running (and add a few more quid to the transfer kitty), but even he must be starting to wonder what teams shirt he will pull on in August.

My ones to watch are all those who will be playing in front of the Valley faithful for the last time (in a home shirt):
Darren Bent - I will always remember the goals you scored, the effort you put in, how you played on when injured, and the loyalty you showed when all around (in the Premiership) jump ship at the first chance. You will always be welcome back at The Valley, and I can guarantee you will never be boo-ed.
Luke Young - Thanks for the effort, and for giving us quodos with the England call ups; what's that? Speak up Luke, we can't hear you! Was that a thank you for making you a half-decent player? No, thought not...

Scott Carson - Cheers Scotty; without you making a few saves, we would have been down ages ago. Good luck, and hopefully we can all come and watch you playing regularly for England in a couple of years time.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink - See ya Jimbo. I hope that the youngsters you have coached this season don't think they can play with a waistline as big as yours - do you have shares in shorts manufacturers?

Dennis Rommedahl - What a player! Any chance of home goal Dennis? It's your last chance you know...

And to the others, thanks for the good times, and I hope the fans of the next team that pays your salary finds they like you.

Come on you reds!

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