Saturday, May 06, 2006

Ten years ago: agonies of suspense

At the end of the 1995-6 season a faltering Charlton faced two vital matches in their efforts to secure a play off place as the season drew to a close.

On 30th April they faced Tranmere Rovers in a home evening game at The Valley. There were so few Tranmere fans that they were placed in a small cordoned off section at one end of the West Stand.

My notes recall, 'We started well enough, but it soon fell apart, leaving aside a good few minutes before half time. Second half wasn't much better and it was only thanks to Petterson that we got a 0-0 draw.'

On Sunday May 5th we faced lowly Wolves at home. 'Plagued by useless bald git of a referee who turned out to be hopeless again. We started quite well and eventually Leaburn scored with a header, but Wolves got a cracking goal back. After that it was a case of plenty of scoring opportunities, but none of them successfully taken.'

'Agonies of suspense at the end, players sunk in despair on the pitch, rumours sweeping the crowd, people from other rows shouting messages. Then it was confirmed that the 0-0 draw at Ipswich meant that Millwall were down and we were in the play offs.'

Of course, we lost home and away to Palace in the play offs. But where are Palace today? Unsuccessfully trying to get out of the second tier through the play offs.


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