Wednesday 17 January 2024
Transfer rumours yesterday were about the Jonson Clarke-Harris deal being difficult to close on as he can’t agree personal terms. He may decide he’ll get a better deal if he hangs on until the summer and becomes a free agent.
Charlton seem to be looking at a young Cheltenham striker Will Goodwin but Oxford United seem to be closing on a deal. The last striker we signed from Cheltenham is not doing too bad just now.
For some time now I had thought the only player connection between Charlton Athletic and Dunfermline Athletic was Greg Shields, but yesterday I discovered another. I was researching some of the youth players at Charlton who I remember from the 1970’s. I came across the name James Gilfillan (not someone I remember) and discovered he had moved from Alloa Schools to Charlton in August 1970. I then found another reference to him on Charlton Life that mentioned he left Charlton and went to Dunfermline Athletic but then got injured. Will need to look further into that.
The rearranged FA Youth Cup 4th Round tie Bristol City u18s v Charlton Athletic u18s is scheduled to be played tonight, kick off 7.00 pm but the inclement weather may yet have something to say about that.
Another game of considerable interest tonight is the FA Cup replay with Blackpool playing Nottingham Forest. A win for Blackpool will mean their home game on 27 January against Charlton will have to be rescheduled.