Charlton’s Longest And Shortest Tenures As Temporary Manager (or Interim Coach if you prefer their terminology)

Karel Fraeye:

Appointed: 25th October 2015

Removed: 13th January 2016

Time in Charge, 80 days.

P14* W2 D4 L8 F11 A28

*13 League, 1 FA Cup

Wim de Cort:

Appointed; 13th January 2016

Removed: 14th January 2016

Time in Charge: 1 day.

P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0


Two Years Into The Duchatelet Experiment

It is now two years since Roland Duchâtelet took control of Charlton Athletic.  Whatever it is that he thinks he’s up to, the results don’t make pretty reading.  Of the 93 league matches played since then, Charlton have won just 26, 29 have been drawn and an incredible (unless, that is, you’ve been unfortunate enough to witness the displays) 38 have been lost.  For every goal that Charlton have scored, the opposition have averaged 1.39.

When looked at on a season by season basis, it’s fair to say that the Duchâtelet régime got off to a bad start.  Forgivable, maybe, given that the playing squad that they inherited had been badly run-down, but not good.  The following season, 2014/15, got off to a good start and then deteriorated into a seemingly endless run of draws.  Whilst the current season has been an unmitigated disaster, with just four wins to date from 25 matches.

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A short while ago when questioned about the high number of managerial turnarounds Charlton have made in the last two years, CEO Katrien Meire  claimed that every decision was correct because the club improved every time.  This is an out and out lie.   We can safely discount Chris Powell in this who was never going to fit with the régime, also Damien Matthew and Ben Roberts who had the misfortune of leading the team for one match during the farcically hasty appointment of Guy Luzon.

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If we look at the other appointments and how they have fared, quite a pattern emerges.  First of all José Riga came in and he made quite a reasonable go of things.  Under his leadership the team averaged 1.5 points per game. For whatever reasons though, Riga was allowed to slip away to Blackpool, probably the only club in the league with  a worse set-up than Charlton.  Bob Peeters was brought in to replace him.  His team averaged 1.24 points per game.  Next came Guy Luzon with 1.18.  Finally we have Karel Fraeye, bringing in a relegation threatening 0.83 points per game.

So, far from Meire’s claim that every decision was right.  Every managerial appointment made by Charlton in the last two years has been worse than the preceding one.

It was the original intention that this blog would be impartial and would simply report the facts.  However, the last two years have been so bad that things need to be said: Karel Fraeye is just about as incompetent as a manager can get. Katriene Meire is out of her depth, and is certainly not suitable to be an executive. Roland Duchâtelet, the absentee landlord, has shown all the leadership skills of a dying worm.  It is time for them all to go, because the statistics couldn’t get much worse than this.

Charlton’s League Cup Record

Tonight Charlton take on Dagenham & Redbridge in the First Round of the League Cup.  Charlton fans will be hoping for a better performance than last time out in 2011 when they beat us in League One and a better performance still than in 2001 when Premiership Charlton came within four minutes of defeat to the non-league Daggers.

Charlton fans will also be hoping to do rather better in the League Cup than we have in the past. This will be Charlton’s 142nd match in that competition and we have currently won only 52 of those.  Since our first match in 1960, for some reason wearing blue jerseys, where we conceded three goals against West Ham, including a 25 yarder from Bobby Moore, things have not looked good.

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
141 52 30 59 220 218

Many fans will remember recent humiliations against the likes of Yeovil and Hereford, the wasted opportunity against Wycombe or the ridiculous capitulation to Shrewsbury having taken a 3-0 lead.  The pain isn’t all recent though.  If there are any fans still around who visited Bloomfield Road in 1963, they must still be smarting from the 7-1 drubbing handed out that night – thankfully still our biggest defeat in the competition.

You may wonder why, in a competition just over fifty years old how come Charlton have played so many matches if they’ve been beaten so much.  There are two reasons for this.  Firstly, it wasn’t until the 1990s that penalties superseded replays as a way of decided drawn ties.  Secondly, and something which can only be explained by the mis-placed greed of the footballing authorities, in the last quarter of the 20th Century early rounds were played over two legs.

When Charlton’s record is scrutinised leg by leg it looks even worse than on a match by match basis.  Of a total of 101 rounds played Charlton have only progressed through 45 of them.

Number of Rounds Won in a Season Number of Occasions
Won 0 rounds 26
Won 1 round 17
Won 2 rounds 11
Won 3 rounds 2

The worst time span in the club’s League cup history was soon after the competition started.  On the 13th October 1965 Charlton lost 4-3 to Peterborough, it wouldn’t be until the18th August 1970 that we’d register a win, putting three past Southend. That’s 58 months to get a decent result.  Although that’s a long time span we have had worse sequences of results.  Between 1991 and 1994 we played six matches, notching up just one draw. Then between 2007 and 2012 we played seven matches, recording five defeats and two draws.

Despite this poor record we have had our moments.  On two occasions we have notched up three consecutive wins.  We’ve won 14 rounds on aggregate (despite not winning all of those matches). On four occasions we’ve put five goals past the opposition – Brentford, Peterborough, Chesterfield and Wimbledon.  We’ve also won three penalty shootouts, most notably against Chelsea leaving Sr. Mourinho in a state of denial.  And best of all (though most disappointing in the end) in 2006-07 we reached the Quarter Finals.

So Charlton can do good things in this competition.  What we need though is for the club, the management and the players to take it seriously.  A win against Dagenham tonight could be the springboard to great things, but we’ve got to believe that and want it.  On too many occasions in the past we’ve entered this competition in a half-hearted manner and got our just deserts.

Charlton’s Goal Scoring Record Against Millwall

Congratulations to Alou Diarra who last week became the 47th Charlton player to have scored against Millwall. Overview of Charlton’s Goal Scoring Record against Millwall:

  • Charlton have scored 63 goals against Millwall.
  • 47 Charlton players have scored a total of 61 goals against Millwall.
  • 2 Millwall players (Les Hancock and Steve Morison) have scored a total of 2 own goals for Charlton. Both also scored for Millwall in the same matches as their own goals.
  • 1 Player (Kim Grant) has scored three goals against Millwall.
  • 12 players have scored two goals against Millwall.
  • 6 players have scored twice in one match against Millwall.
  • Keith Peacock’s two goals came nine years apart.
  • 34 players have scored once against Millwall.
  • Of the 63 goals, 21 have contributed to Charlton wins, 25 have contributed to draws and 17 have been consolations in defeat.
  • 2 players (Keith Peacock and Deon Burton) have scored penalties against Millwall.
  • Scott Minto, Paul Mortimer and Paul Williams are the only Charlton players to have scored against Millwall in top flight football.
  • Alan Pardew is the only Charlton manager to have scored as a Charlton Player against Millwall.
  • There have been 25 games with no Charlton scorer.

Complete List of Charlton’s Goal Scorers:

Scorer Number of Goals 1st Goal Last Goal
Kim Grant 3 September 1993 December 1995
Ralph Allen 2 February 1935 February 1935
Dion Burton 2 December 2009 December 2009
Cyril Davies 2 September 1970 August 1971
Mike Flanagan 2 April 1977 September 1977
Harry Gregory 2 August 1968 October 1969
Carl Leaburn 2 September 1993 March 1996
Jim Melrose 2 March 1986 April 1986
Keith Peacock 2 August 1968 April 1977
George Stephenson 2 September 1934 September 1934
Mark Stuart 2 April 1986 April 1986
Paul Went 2 March 1969 March 1969
Fred Whitlow 2 October 1929 February 1930
Nick Bailey 1 December 2009
Stuart Balmer 1 April 1995
Anthony Barness 1 September 1992
Les Boulter 1 March 1993
Lee Bowyer 1 March 1996
Tony Burman 1 December 1976
Alan Campbell 1 January 1968
Billy Cox 1 October 1925
Ray Crawford 1 August 1969
Alou Diarra 1 April 2015
Derek Hales 1 March 1979
Jimmy Hart 1 September 1930
John Hendry 1 March 1992
Harold Hobbis 1 February 1935
Mike Kenning 1 October 1969
George Kidd 1 October 1931
Hugh McAuley 1 April 1977
Charles McKinley 1 October 1927
Scott Minto 1 December 1989
Paul Mortimer 1 August 1989
Garry Nelson 1 March 1994
Alan Pardew 1 September 1992
John Rankin 1 February 1926
George Robinson 1 September 1934
John Robinson 1 January 1995
Peter Shaw 1 October 1978
George Shipley 1 March 1986
Dave Shipperley 1 October 1978
Eric Sweeney 1 September 1930
Ray Treacy 1 August 1968
Reg Tricker 1 February 1927
Phil Warman 1 March 1979
Paul Williams 1 August 1989
David Wilson 1 April 1991

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