Friday, October 20, 2006

Ten years ago: ten yellows at The Valley

Ten years ago on 19th October 1996 Charlton were second from bottom in the then Division 1 and faced leaders Bolton at The Valley.

Charlton went 1-0 up on 20 minutes from David Whyte, Whyte, Whyte. Bolton equalised three minutes later and then captain Chapple made it 2-1 followed by a third goal before half time from Whyte.

The referee was card happy, and apart from sending Chapple off for a second yellow on 58 minutes, booked eight other players. Chapple's sending off was the turning point in the game and Bolton equalised three minutes later from the penalty spot after a trip by Rufus. They then made it 3-3 on 73 minutes.

My notes recall, 'Stuart useless as usual. Lisbie looked lost when he came on.' Nothing new there then.

The programme featured 17-year old Kevin Nicholls who had come on as a substitute against Ipswich, when he was reported to have looked nervous, although perhaps his main concern was the fashion victim green and purple shirt he was pictured wearing.


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