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  Firstly, it wasn’t until the 1990s that penalties superseded replays as a way of decided drawn ties.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

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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.