Friday, April 21, 2006

Ten years ago: Charlton break draw record

The week started with a mid-week away game at Stoke's old Victoria Ground where I was able to park up just a few streets away. About 400 of the Addickted made the trip north.

My notes recall, 'Stoke started with great pace and determination while we looked slow and uninterested. No surprise then when Stoke scored in the 29th minute. We missed a chance to score just before half time. We only really got going in the last ten minutes' which was too late to retrieve anything from this important match which Charlton started in an automatic promotion place.

On Saturday I went to Reading where our middle daughter was then living. Reading were just three points off a relegation position. Although described as a 'mouth watering encounter' in the programme, the crowd on a nice day was below 10,000. My notes recall, 'An end-to-end game on a very bumpy pitch. We made some scoring opportunities but were unable to take them. So another 0-0. Petterson did his stuff in goal again. Substituting Whyte for Allen didn't do anything.'

This was Charlton's 18th drawn match in the League, a new club record. So it's not just this year that we've shown a taste for the goalless draw.


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