Naby Sarr Debut V Dagenham & Redbridge

Congratulations to Naby Sarr who made his first team debut on Tuesday night against Dagenham.

Full Name: Mouhamadou-Naby SARR

Squad Number: 6

Valiant Number: 805

Manager: Guy Luzon

Date: Tuesday 11th August 2015

Opposition: Dagenham & Redbridge

Ground: The Valley

Competition: League Cup, 1st Round

Competition Masquerading As: The Capital One Cup

Timing: Played whole match.

Position: Central Defence

Score at introduction: 0-0

Score at end: 4-1 

Impact: Big presence at the back. Got better as game went on. Good on the ball.

Date of Birth: 13/08/1993

Place of Birth: Marseille, France

Age at Debut: 21 years, 363 days.

Previous Clubs: Lyon 2 (0), Sporting 12 (0).

Development: Started out with Lyon.

Charlton Status: Signed a 5 year deal in July.

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Regan Charles-Cook Debut V Dagenham & Redbridge

Congratulations to Regan Charles-Cook who made his 1st team debut against Dagenham on Tuesday.

Full Name: Regan CHARLES-COOK

Squad Number: 24

Valiant Number: 804

Manager: Guy Luzon

Date: Tuesday 11th August 2015

Opposition: Dagenham & Redbridge

Ground: The Valley

Competition: League Cup, 1st Round

Competition Masquerading As: The Capital One Cup

Timing: Played whole match.

Position: Right Back

Score at introduction: 0-0

Score at end: 4-1 

Impact: For the most part kept Chambers out of the game. Did get beaten once but recovered with lightning pace. Also help with attacks down the right side.

Date of Birth: 1st March 1997

Place of Birth: Beckenham

Age at Debut: 18 years, 163 days.

Previous Clubs: Arsenal Youth.

Development: Joined the Charlton Academy from Arsenal in 2013. Made 18 appearances for the U21 side last season having previously played for the U18s.

Charlton Status: Acadmeny graduate.

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.

Cristian CEBALLOS PRIETO Debut V Queens Park Rangers

Congratulations to Cristian Ceballos who made his 1st team debut on Saturday against QPR.

Full Name: Cristian CEBALLOS PRIETO

Squad Number: 10

Valiant Number: 803

Manager: Guy Luzon

Date: Saturday 8th August 2015

Opposition: Queens Park Rangers

Ground: The Valley

Competition: Sky Bet Championship (Tier 2)

Timing: 89th minute replacement for Gudmundsson.

Position: Left Midfield

Score at introduction: 2-0

Score at end: 2-0 

Impact: Not really time to judge.

Date of Birth: 3rd December 1992

Place of Birth: Santander, Spain

Age at Debut: 22 years, 248 days.

Previous Clubs: Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0), Arouca [Portugal] [loan] 19 (1).

Development: Was at Barcellona from U12 level. Known for his work rate and technical ability.

Charlton Status: Signed for 3 years. Terms undisclosed.

Zakarya BERGDICH Debut V Queens Park Rangers

Congratulations to Zakarya Bergdich who made is 1st team debut on Saturday against QPR.

Full Name: Zakarya BERGDICH
Squad Number: 19
Valiant Number: 802
Manager: Guy Luzon
Date: Saturday 8th August 2015
Opposition: Queens Park Rangers
Ground: The Valley
Competition: Sky Bet Championship (Tier 2)
Timing: 76th minute replacement for Ba.
Position: Left Midfield
Score at introduction: 2-0
Score at end: 2-0
Impact: Looked OK; pretty fast running down the flank, but the game was won by the time he came on.
Date of Birth: 07/01/1989
Place of Birth: Compiègne, France
Age at Debut: 26 years, 213 days.
Previous Clubs: UJA Alfortville [France] 31 (1), RC Lens [France] 56 (2), Valladolid [Spain] 39 (5), Genoa [Italy] [loan] 11 (0).
Development: As a youth, played for US Créteil-Lusitanos and RC Strasbourg Alsace
Internationals: Morocco U23 11 (0), Morocco Full 17 (0).
Charlton Status: Signed for 4 years. Terms undisclosed.

SIMON MAKIENOK DEBUT V QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Congratulations to Simon Makienok who made his first team debut on Saturday against QPR.

Full Name: Simon MAKIENOK

Squad Number: 9

Valiant Number: 801

Manager: Guy Luzon

Date: Saturday 8th August 2015

Opposition: Queens Park Rangers

Ground: The Valley

Competition: Sky Bet Championship (Tier 2)

Timing: Played full match

Position: Central Forward

Score at introduction: 0-0

Score at end: 2-0 

Impact: Slow to get into the game but seemed to come alive in the second half when partnered by Tony Watt. Won many headers both attacking and defending and was difficult for the QPR players to deal with.

New Record: At 2.01m Simon is now Charlton’s tallest ever player.

Date of Birth: 21st November 1990

Place of Birth: Næstved, Denmark

Age at Debut: 24 years, 260 days.

Previous Clubs: Herfølge Boldklub 4 (0), HB Køge 54 (22), Brøndby IF 74 (35), Palermo 4 (0).

Development: Played youth football for Næstved Boldklub.

Internationals: Denmark U19 8 (1), Denmark U20 3 (0), Denmark U21 13 (2), Denmark Full 6 (0)

Charlton Status: 1 year loan from Palermo.

El-Hadji BA Debut V Queens Park Rangers

Congratulations to El-Hadji BA who made his first team debut on Saturday against QPR

Full Name: El-Hadji BA

Squad Number: 22

Valiant Number: 800

Manager: Guy Luzon

Date: Saturday 8th August 2015

Opposition: Queens Park Rangers

Ground: The Valley

Competition: Sky Bet Championship (Tier 2)

Timing: Played from start, replaced by Bergdich on 76 minutes

Position: Central Midfield

Score at introduction: 0-0

Score at substitution: 2-0 

Final Score: 2-0

Impact: Played well after a slow start. Linked up well with rest of midfield. Got a yellow card for a nasty looky foul on the hour. May consider himself lucky not to be sent off.

Date of Birth: 5th March 1993

Place of Birth: Paris

Age at Debut: 22 years, 156 days.

Previous Clubs: Le Havre AC 13 (1), Sunderland 1 (0), SC Bastia [Corsica] [loan] 7 (0)

Development: Played youth football with Aulnay and Le Havre.

Internationals: France U18 6 (0), France U19 8 (0), France U20 5 (0)

Charlton Status: 3 year deal. Terms undisclosed.