Monday, July 03, 2006

Dowie fights to keep Young

New Charlton supremo Iain Dowie is fighting to keep Luke Young despite persistent press reports that the Addicks campaign is keen to board the Free Ferry and get a 108 bus to a brighter future north of the river.

Charlton are to offer Young an improved contract in a bid to fend off interest from West Ham United and Tottenham. He is reportedly keen to leave The Valley after rejecting the offer of a new three-year deal at the end of last season. Sources close to his family told this blog some months ago that the former Spurs player was keen to develop his England career at a bigger club.

However, Young, who has been transformed from an in and out utility player at Spurs to someone on the fringe of the England team at The Valley, is yet to meet with Iain Dowie and club officials are optimistic that Curbs's successor will be able to persuade him to stay on.

'Iain Dowie and his management team have made it clear that thrashing out a new deal for Young is among his top priorities when the new head coach returns from a family holiday on Monday,' the club stated.

Because of the river and the difficulty of crossing it we often forget how close geographically the Irons and the Addicks are, but we have never thought of them as their main rivals. Also, we got treated better in our exile at Upton Park than at Sellout Park.

My father was born in North Woolwich (then part of the borough of Woolwich) but played his football for an East Ham side and initially supported the Irons, attending the famous first FA Cup final at Wembley. Once his family moved to the Progress Estate at Eltham, and with Charlton becoming a Football League side, he changed his allegiance and earned enough money looking after horses while deliveries were made to get the admission and the tram fare.


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