Ten Years Ago: it all goes pear shaped
On 21st February I was serving as foreman of a jury at Warwick Crown Court, but our business was concluded in enough time for me to get to The Valley for that evening's fixture against Tranmere Rovers who were second in the table.
My notes recall, 'Nearly 12,000 at match, many arriving late. Part of Jimmy Seed Stand opened to Charlton supporters. Charlton played fluently, although perhaps too much of a tendency to feed balls to Whyte to score. There was very little sustained pressure from Tranmere, but then there was a flurry of activity towards the end of the match and they scored [off the underside of the bar]. This was against the run of play and a great disappointment.'
A report in The Guardian noted that Tranmere were 'out-fought and outplayed by Charlton for most of this match. [For Charlton] Robson's competitiveness and Whyte's determined running were the most prominent features.'
In the programme Richard Murray declared that David Whyte was not for sale. A full page spread showed 'Sweaty' Balmer shaving off a light beard. The accompanying text asked, 'Is central defensive stubble a problem? Then purchase a Charlton Athletic Wilkinson Sword protector from the club shop.'