Friday, February 17, 2006

Ten years ago: Addicks versus Blades

Charlton were at home to Sheffield United, placed third from bottom, on 17 February 1996. My notes recall, 'Charlton started very nervously and hesitantly and it was a relief to be 0-0 at half time. Newton seems to be well below par. Whyte made little impression - and it was pointless sending balls into the air to him.'

'After half time Sheffield United went ahead and with Nelson replacing Whyte and Humphrey replaced by Robson, Charlton stepped up a notch. Mortimer, who played well, scored and there were chances to make it 2-1. But more points lost at home.'

In a later interview on Club Call, Morts said he liked to give added value and keep the fans on the edges of their seats. He thought the crowd could have been more behind the team and were understandably nervous.

Somewhat bizzarely, Morts missed the next match through scarlet fever, a disease I associate with isolation hospitals and the early years of the 20th century.

The programme reported that in the colts white hope Kevin Lisbie had scored two goals in a 4-2 win over Chelsea. The only other player in the team who is, as far as I know, a league player today is Kevin Nicholls at Luton.


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