Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Step forward, Darren Randolph

Charlton goalkeeper Stephan Andersen will join Danish side Brondby at the start of January, the club announced today after a deal was agreed for the Denmark international. The 25-year-old has found first-team football hard to come by at The Valley since his arrival from AB Copenhagen in May 2004, and will return to the club at which he started his career. Charlton head coach Les Reed said: 'I'm sad to see Steph go, but glad that he will be given an opportunity to play regular first-team football at a high level.'

Andersen was once hailed as the hottest Danish keeper since Peter Schmiechel, but found himself displaced first by Thomas Myhre and then Scott Carson. He never seemed to enjoy the same rapport with the fans as Deano or Myhre.

Given that Myhre has also indicated an interest in returning to his native fjords, a big opportunity is created for Republic of Ireland B keeper Darren Randolph to move up the pecking order. This was confirmed by head coach Les Reed who commented that Darren 'will very soon to be required to play at a higher level.' If both Myhre and Andersen leave, savings on the wage bill should allow players in other positions to be recruited. Randolph would also be potentially satisfactory as a goalkeeper in the Championship, although another signing would be necessary once Carson returned to Merseyside.


They have claimed their maximum 15 per cent allocation of seats which means that Blocks A, B and parts of C in the East Stand will be unavailable to the Addickted, displacing some season ticket holders. This suggests that they think this is their cup final.

The Chairboys have particularly noisy supporters, surprising for such a genteel part of beechy Bucks where their ground with its country views attracts more supporters (including Curbs and his wife) for Wasps egg chasing events. I remember seeing Rushden playing them at Nene Park a while back. First, their then gobby manager, Lawrie Sanchez, was red carded by the ref. Although they lost the match, most of their supporters remained in the away stand after the match chanting 'Chairboys' and you could still hear the furniture lovers chanting away as I walked up the hill to collect my car and drive away from Irthlingborough.


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