Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Chairboys hope to saw Charlton's legs off

A reported 4,500 Chairboys will be heading to SE7 from Beechy Bucks this evening hoping that League 2 Wycombe Wanderers can put one over a makeshift and demoralised Premiership side that will be missing Luke Young and Andy Reed. The Chairboys certainly have some previous as far as cups are concerned. In 2001 they beat then Premiership side Leicester City 2-1 in the quarter finals at Filbert Street with the help of Belfast-born Ghanaian Roy Essandoah who was recruited as the result of a plea posted on the club's website.

High Wycombe is where we often park up to catch the train en route to The Valley. A friend of mine who has lived in many different places in England said that it was the place he disliked most. Its most notable point is steep hills, one of them occupied by a dry ski slope, although the 18th century Hell Fire Club performed its antics nearby. High Wycombe was, of course, at one time a major centre of the furniture industry.

Adams Park is in a country valley at the end of an industrial estate. The last time I was there was when Charlton Ladies took the league cup off Arsenal. The biggest crowds go there for Wasps rugby matches, Curbs (but especially Mrs Curbs) being a fan of the egg chasers. However, the supporters of the former non-league side do not lack enthusiasm. I remember seeing them play at Rushden and Diamonds and being defeated with gobby manager Lawrie Sanchez being sent to the stands. However, as we walked up the hill to our car we could still hear the Wycombe fans relentlessly chanting 'Chairboys' in their stand.

No doubt they fancy their chances tonight. However, I think it will be the Valley of Death tonight for the Chairboys rather than the nice but hapless Les Reed whose faltering career as head coach will be given a temporary boost. I am going with the prediction made by 'Killer' and forecasting a 2-0 win for the Addicks to take them into the semi-finals.

Paradoxically Charlton could have a cup run as they face relegation. It's happened before, 'Boro being one example. We might as well have a consolation prize, for that's what it is.

I've no doubt that Richard Murray and the other board members are as frustrated as the fans by Charlton's current form, given that they are also genuine supporters. The difference is that they are in a position to do something about it.


Blogger Kappacino Kid said...

>>The difference is that they are in a position to do something about it.<< Such as? We could sack Reed, but who would we get, well there is Pardew, but is he the man? Maybe we should gird our loins and get set for a rough ride between now and the end of season, review our position at the end of April and if necessary get the new man in for May and give him the whole season break to wheel and deal and create his team in his own image.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Wyn Grant said...

It's a fair point and clearly a lot of people think we should rally round Les. He is a good coach, but does he have the extra qualities that a manager needs? Pardew was for a long time the Plan B at Charlton if Curbs left. But a win tonight and even a draw on Saturday could give Les and the team a boost.

1:36 PM  

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