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  Firstly, it wasn’t until the 1990s that penalties superseded replays as a way of decided drawn ties.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.


Seeing Double

Saturday’s victory over Reading gave Charlton their second league double of the season; the first coming against Wigan. The only other chance of a double this season is against Bolton. Whether that is achieved or not, it is still a big improvement on last season when there were no league doubles. So far, our best since gaining promotion to The Championship is three in 2012/13 (Leicester, Blackpool, Bristol City). The promotion season itself saw the club equal its all time record of nine league doubles, notching up eighteen wins against Bournemouth, Brentford, Carlisle, Chesterfield, Exeter, Hartlepool, Sheffield Utd, Wycombe and Yeovil.

Congratulations to Yoni Buyens who scored his first Brace for Charlton on Saturday. The second of which was also his first from open play – the rest all having come from the penalty spot. Buyens has now scored against: Colchester in the Cup, Derby, Watford, Blackpool, Cardiff, Blackburn and two against Reading. The Cardiff goal was the only one scored away from home.

Will done to Simon Church who for the first time in his Charlton career has scored in two consecutive matches: Scoring with a 61st minute strike against Blackpool on Tuesday and putting away what turned out to be the winning goal against Reading on Saturday. Simon has once scored twice in a match for the Addicks in a 4-0 victory against Oxford in the League Cup.


Congratulations to Roger Johnson who made his first team debut for Charlton on Saturday

Full Name: Roger Johnson

Squad Number: 22

Valiant Number: 795

Manager: Guy Luzon

Date: Saturday 14th February 2015

Opposition: Brentford

Ground: The Valley

Competition: Sky Bet Championship (Tier 2)

Timing: Played full match

Position: Centre back

Score at introduction: 0-0

Score at completion: 3-0

Impact: Played very well. Kept Andre Gray quiet all game and did a good job of organising the defensive line and the defensive midfielders.

Manager’s Quote:All the players played well and also Johnson gave his first good performance. He felt his ribs in the first half and had to have an injection at half-time. But he has a lot of character and he didn’t look like somebody who has not played for a year.” GL

Date of Birth: 28th April 1983

Place of Birth: Ashford, Surrey

Age at Debut: 31 years, 293 days.

Previous Clubs: Wycombe Wanderers, Cardiff City, Birmingham City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sheffield Wednesday [loan], West Ham Utd. [loan].

Development: As a youth, played for Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Wycombe. Made his first team debut for Wycombe aged just 17 years and 8 days; at the time a club record. Has played over 500 professional matches and has played in the top four leagues in England.

Internationals: None.

Honours: League Cup winner with Birmingham City, 2009.

Charlton Status: Signed until the end of the season on 3rd February 2015 after agreeing to have his Wolves contract terminated.

Controversy: Johnson was out of favour at Wolves and apparently very unpopular with the fans. Specific controversies included claiming to only be there for the money (he was on a four year deal worth £25,000 per week), arriving drunk for training, feuding with goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and being banned from the training ground by Kenny Jackett because of his negative influence on the squad.

Late Goals

Frédéric Bulot’s injury time goal against Brentford was very welcome indeed.  It might not have earned us any additional points, but it was well taken and sealed the match and a good team performance all round.  As far as injury time goals go it was also long overdue though; the last time Charlton scored a goal with the clock showing 90+something was back in August when Igor Vetokele got the equaliser against huddersfield.  There have been just three other late goals (after 80 mins) in that time.  We’ve earned 5 points from those five goals.

Unfortunately the opposition haven’t been so shy of scoring; Charlton have conceded four injury time goals and five other late goals in this time.  These have cost us 8 points.

Late Goals

Charlton 3 Brentford 0

Saturday saw a fantastic win for Charlton and a long awaited one.  The 13 match winless streak (14 including the cup) has finally ended.  As the calendar below shows it’s been a long time since a we had a win and a longer time since we had a good one:

Time since a win – 3 months

Time since a home win – 4 months

Time since a home win on a Saturday – 5 months

Time since a win by 3 goals – 6 months

Time since three different players scored – 6 months

20150214 Records from Brentford Match


A timeline showing the main events of Roland Duchâtelet’s first 13 months of Charlton ownership

Please double click on the image below to see a larger clearer version.

Duchatelet Timeline

José Riga versus Bob Peeters

Which of Roland Duchâtelet’s men has performed best at the helm of Charlton Athletic?

José Riga   Bob Peeters
Played 16 21
Won 7 6
Drawn 3 12
Lost 6 3
Goals For 17 23
Goals Against 20 22
Points 24 30
Goal Difference -3 1
Percentage Wins 44% 29%
Percentage Draws 19% 57%
Percentage Losses 38% 14%
Scored Per Game 1.06 1.1
Conceded Per Game 1.25 1.05
Points Per Game 1.5 1.43
Binary Scorelines 44% 67%

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Stats above are for League Matches only.  José Riga’s from the 0-0 Draw with Huddersfield on 12th March 2014 to the 3-0 victory at Blackpool on 3rd May 2014.  Bob Peeters’ from the 1-1 draw at Brentford on 9th August 2014 to the 2-2 draw with Blackpool on 13th December 2014.