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Preview Charlton v Spurs, 27.08.02

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Full League Record of Spurs v Charlton:-

Premier             Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home                 3  0  2  1    2 - 3   2
Away                 3  1  0  2    5 - 5   3
Total (Premier)      6  1  2  3    7 - 8   5
Football Lge Div 1     
Home                11  6  1  4   22 -15  15
Away                11  6  4  1   20 -11  18
Total (Division 1)  22 12  5  5   42 -26  33
Football Lge Div 2
Home                 6  5  1  0   20 - 5  11
Away                 6  1  0  5    5 - 9   2
Total (Division 2)  12  6  1  5   25 -14  13
Total (Premier)      6  1  2  3    7 - 8   5
Total (Division 1)  22 12  5  5   42 -26  33
Total (Division 2)  12  6  1  5   25 -14  13
Grand Total         40 19  8 13   74 -48  51

Tottenham travel to the Valley for the first of their London derbies tomorrow night (Tuesday). As we can see from the statistics above, Tottenham had a better record at the Valley in the old Division 1 but have an indifferent record in the Premiership. Tottenham will need to play better than they did on Saturday if they are to leave the Valley with their undefeated record intact.

Charlton's great days were just before and just after WW2. They swiftly rose from the obscurity of the old Third Division (South) in the mid-1930s to finish runners-up in the old Division 1. After WW2, they featured in the 1946 and 1947 FA Cup Finals in which they lost to Derby County in 1946 but beat Burnley in 1947, both games going to extra time and both games featuring a burst ball.

The first time I saw Charlton Athletic was on Easter Monday 1957. It was destined to be Charlton's last visit to Tottenham for League points for a good many years, though they were to return for Cup ties in the interim. We thrashed Charlton Athletic, 6-2, the fourth goal recording the 100th of the season.

It was Jimmy Seed, a former Spurs star, who had guided Charlton to the top after retiring as a player on leaving Sheffield Wednesday. Charlton had had a chequered career and had almost gone out of business when Seed took over. But early in the 1956-57 season, when it was obvious Charlton were going to be favourites for relegation, Seed was sacked. He had brief periods associated with other clubs in various capacities but never managed again.

Charlton's most famous game is one played in Division 2 in the 1950s. They were losing 5-1 to Huddersfield Town at an advanced stage of the game but came back to win 7-6. The star of that game, Johnny Summers, later died of cancer.

The Addicks left the Valley in 1985 to ground share with Crystal Palace and then moved to groundshare with West Ham in 1991 whilst the Valley was reconstructed. They have been back at the Valley since 1992.

Charlton have always had a problem with their crowds as the Valley is quite difficult to get to. The fact they have returned to the Premier League has obviously helped them to survive but the floaters in the crowd will obviously disappear if they fall on hard times again.

Contrary to modern opinion, it was not a recent innovation that British footballers played abroad. Charlton and Tottenham both had players in their sides that tried their luck in Italy. Eddie Firmani spent some 10 years in Italy plying his trade between two spells of playing for Charlton in the 1950s and 1960s. Tony Marchi was a club captain of Tottenham when he left for Italy in the summer of 1957 but was re-signed by Tottenham two years later as cover for Dave Mackay.

Transfers between the two clubs have been few. Luke Young was the last player to leave Tottenham for Charlton. Don McAllister is another player to have played for both clubs whilst Martin Robinson and Mike Flanagan both played for Spurs as juniors and reserves. Robinson played a few games for Tottenham but Flanagan never made the grade.

Tottenham will have to be at their best tomorrow night but I think we will have to be satisfied with yet another draw. Win at home and draw away has always been a good maxim. But whilst I can't see us winning honours, I do think we are capable of extracting a point at the Valley. I'd be happier if we had some good strikers .......


Cheers, Brian

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