League Cup

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis Debut V Dagenham & Redbridge

Congratulations to Tareiq Holmes-Dennis who made his first team debut on Tuesday night against Dagenham

Full Name: Tareiq Holmes-Dennis

Squad Number: 17

Valiant Number: 806

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: 74th Minute substitute for Cristian Ceballos

Position: Central Defence

Score at introduction: 3-1

Score at end: 4-1 

Impact: Looked comfortable and made one really good attacking pass, but didn’t have long to prove himself.

Date of Birth: 31/10/1995

Place of Birth: Farnborough, Kent

Age at Debut: 19 years, 285 days.

Previous Clubs: Oxford 14 (0) [loan], Plymouth 17 (1) [loan].

Development: Played for the Charlton youth team whilst still at school. Played in the FA Youth Cup final and progressed to the U21s side. Has league experience form loand spells at Oxford and Plymouth.

Charlton Status: Academy Graduate.

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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.

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.