Sky Bet Championship

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.

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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.

Ahmed Kashi Debut V Queens Park Rangers

Congratulations to Ahmed Kashi who made his 1st team debut on Saturday against QPR

Full Name: Ahmed KASHI

Squad Number: 3

Valiant Number: 799

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 Midfield

Score at introduction: 0-0

Score at completion: 2-0

Impact: Was at the centre of everything. Very lively, ran everywhere, tackled well and linked up well with the other midfielders.

Date of Birth: 18th November 1988

Place of Birth: Aubervilliers, France

Age at Debut: 26 years, 263 days.

Previous Clubs: LB Châteauroux 86 (3), FC Metz 77 (1).

Development: Played youth football for Châteauroux.

Internationals: Algeria Full 1 (0)

Charlton Status: 3 year deal. Terms Undisclosed.

Patrick Bauer Debut V Queens Park Rangers

Congratulations to Patrick Bauer who made his 1st Team debut against QPR on Saturday

Full Name: Patrick BAUER

Squad Number: 5

Valiant Number: 798

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: Centre Back

Score at introduction: 0-0

Score at completion: 2-0

Impact: Looked very calm and solid at the back. Won most balls both on the ground and in the air. Also had a couple of attempts on goal.

Date of Birth: 28th October 1992

Place of Birth: Backnag, Germany

Age at Debut: 22 years, 284 days.

Previous Clubs: VfB Stuttgart II [Germany] 7 (0), C.S. Marítimo [Madeira] 45 (2)

Development: Played as a youth for TSG Backnang 1919 and VfB Stuttgart.

Internationals: Germany U17 2 (0), Germany U18 5 (1), Germany U20 2 (1)

Charlton Status: 4 year deal. Terms Undisclosed.

The 2014-15 Roller Coaster Ride

A Review of Charlton’s 2014-15 Season

So, the Championship is all over and Charlton finished in a creditable 12th place.  The fact that we were the first team to qualify for next season’s Championship competition tells a story in itself:  Not good enough to go up (or even make the play-offs) not bad enough to go down (although at one stage it looked as if we might be).  If you just considered the mid-table finish and the extremely high number of draws this season you might be forgiven for thinking that the season one of consistent mediocrity, but it wasn’t really like that. It’s been a bumpy ride with two main peaks and two main troughs.

The first peak came at the start of the season with wins against Wigan, Derby, Norwich and Watford and an unbeaten run that lasted until mid-October.  Gradually things started to turn sour though as wins turned to draws and draws turned to defeats.  Other teams all seemed to have worked out how to stop us and if management had an alternative plan, the players never put it into effect.  A three month winless streak from mid-November to mid-February saw Charlton drop as low as 20th in the table.  Manager Bob Peeters seemed to have ‘lost the dressing room’ whist the club seemed in danger of losing its fans.  In a few short days in mid-January Peeters was sacked, Luzon was appointed and Meire was accused of lying.  This was the nadir of the season.

Guy Luzon did well to keep his head when all about were losing theirs and changed the team into a more attacking force that put together a string of wins in late February and March, scoring three goals on five occasions. This period saw safety guaranteed as Charlton moved into the top half of the league table.  Sadly it wasn’t to last.  Once a certain level had been reached, the wins dried up as the players went on their proverbial summer holidays.  The last month was one largely filled with frustration, ameliorated only be the demise of our leonine neighbours and win’s for the U18s in their league and the U21s  in the Kent Senior Cup.

The bumps and dips of the season are shown on the chart below, which uses an index rating to show the changes in fortune of the club for it’s league position, points taken, goal difference and goals scored.

Charlton Monthly Performance 2015-16
Please click twice to enlarge.