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Memorable Matches: Charlton Athletic 2-2 Crystal Palace (May 2005)

Goalscorers: Bryan Hughes 30, Dougie Freedman 58, Andy Johnson 70 PEN, Jonathan Fortune 82

Teams:

Charlton Athletic: Dean Kiely, Talal El Karkouri, Jonathan Fortune, Radostin Kishishev, Paul Konchesky, Luke Young, Matt Holland (Lloyd Sam 67), Bryan Hughes, Danny Murphy (Dennis Rommedahl 76), Shaun Bartlett (Jerome Thomas 79), Jonatan Johansson

Crystal Palace: Gabor Kiraly, Danny Butterfield (Dougie Freedman 55), Danny Granville, Fitz Hall, Mikele Leigertwood, Tony Popovic, Tom Soares (Aki Riihilahti 86), Michael Hughes, Ben Watson (Darren Powell 89), Wayne Routledge, Andy Johnson

Referee: Mark Clattenburg, Attendance: 26,870

It was the final day of the 2004-2005 season and ‘Survival Sunday.’ None of the bottom four clubs were safe. By the end of the day, only one team from Norwich City, Crystal Palace, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion would be celebrating another season in the Premier League with the other three sides having to face up to the agony of relegation.

Iain Dowie’s Crystal Palace side travelled to The Valley to take on a Charlton Athletic side that hadn’t won in the Premier League since mid-March. Despite winning just once on their travels all season at Birmingham City, Dowie must have been confident that a victory would be enough for the Eagles to avoid relegation for the first time in their Premier League history.

Given the circumstances, they made a very nervous start and were punished by their more experienced opponents after 30 minutes. Played in by Radostin Kishishev, Bryan Hughes made a run from his wide position, shrugged off the attentions of Danny Butterfield and used the post to guide the ball into the back of the net. It was the home side’s first notable attack of the match and it had led to the opening goal. At half-time, Palace were going down. Defeat would condemn them to the drop, no matter what was happening elsewhere.

Having started with just one lone forward in Andy Johnson, Dowie knew he needed to take a risk now. 10 minutes into the second half, he withdrew Butterfield and threw on a second forward in Dougie Freedman. The change had the desired early impact. With only his second touch of the match, Freedman exposed a missing Charlton backline and bought Palace level, calmly lifting the ball over Dean Kiely. Incredibly, it was his first Premier League goal of the season and what a time to get it.

Results elsewhere were generally going for the south Londoners too. The dream was over for Norwich, who would lose 6-0 at Fulham whilst Southampton’s 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United saw their top-flight run come to a shattering end. Maybe unknown at the time to the players but it was now a straight fight between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace.

West Brom were leading Portsmouth 2-0 but another goal for Dowie and his troops would put them in pole position to survive. They got their opportunity with 20 minutes to go. A long goal-kick from Gabor Kiraly found Freedman. As he attempted to cut inside Jonathan Fortune, the defender stopped him with his hand. Mark Clattenburg awarded a penalty. In such a tense scenario, Johnson stepped up and sent Kiely the wrong way to put the visitors 2-1 ahead. It was his 21st goal of the season.

However, heartache would follow. A rash challenge from Mikele Leigertwood gave Charlton a free-kick in the 82nd minute. It was delivered into the back post by Jerome Thomas and Fortune made up for his earlier error by powering the Addicks level. The draw meant Crystal Palace were relegated and West Brom survived. It had been a nail-biting and ultimately, heartbreaking afternoon for the Eagles.

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Premier League Files: Clive Mendonca

Premier League Career: Charlton Athletic (1998-1999)

Clive Mendonca will always be linked with being a prominent part of Charlton Athletic’s sensational play-off final victory over Sunderland in 1998. He scored a magnificent hat-trick in the 4-4 draw which the Addicks went on to win on penalties, with Clive also converting his spot-kick in the shootout.

Mendonca started his professional career with Sheffield United in 1986 and also had periods in his career with Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United. His best spells though were saved for Charlton and Grimsby Town. At Grimsby, he scored 60 goals in 166 appearances and is widely regarded as one of the club’s greatest forwards.

He moved to Charlton in the summer of 1997, scoring 28 times in an unforgettable campaign which ended with that wonderful day at Wembley against the Black Cats which was the club he supported as a boy. He made an amazing start to his Premier League career too, scoring another hat-trick in Charlton’s first match at home against Southampton. Alan Curbishley’s side won 5-0 and spent the weekend on top of the Premier League table.

He finished with eight goals in 24 appearances but injuries were starting to take their toll on Mendonca. His last game in the Charlton line-up came in December 1999 in the First Division. After over two years of constant setbacks, he announced his retirement in February 2002 after being advised by specialists that a further operation on his hip could leave him with permanent damage and possibly a disability.

In 2012, he was inducted into the Charlton Hall of Fame and now works at the Nissan car plant in Sunderland.

Memorable Matches: Southampton 3-2 Charlton Athletic (December 2003)

Goalscorers: Michael Svensson 14, Brett Ormerod 45, 85, Scott Parker 46, 65

Teams:

Southampton: Antti Niemi, Jason Dodd, Claus Lundekvam, Danny Higginbotham, Michael Svensson, Rory Delap, David Prutton, Paul Telfer, James Beattie, Brett Ormerod, Marian Pahars (Kevin Phillips 77)

Charlton Athletic: Dean Kiely, Jonathan Fortune, Hermann Hreidarsson, Radostin Kishishev, Chris Perry, Matt Holland, Scott Parker, Graham Stuart, Claus Jensen, Paolo Di Canio (Carlton Cole 76), Jason Euell

Referee: Peter Walton, Attendance: 30,513

Southampton and Charlton Athletic were two of the early season surprises in the 2003-2004 campaign. Both clubs were among the chasing pack fighting for European qualification alongside Fulham and regular challengers, Newcastle United and Liverpool FC. The Saints and the Addicks were about to produce a thrilling Sunday afternoon of entertainment on the south coast.

Before the game, Southampton paid their respects to club president Ted Bates, who passed away on 28th November 2003, aged 85. He was a former player, manager and director and had earned the title of Mr. Southampton.

Despite being winless in their last four matches, Southampton made the sharper start and took the lead after 14 minutes. Centre-back Michael Svensson managed to make enough contact on Rory Delap’s goal-bound shot and it crept over the goal-line, despite the best efforts of Jason Euell to clear. It was Southampton’s first Premier League goal in 371 minutes. Delap nearly made it 2-0 shortly afterwards, firing a low shot which forced Dean Kiely to make a good save at full stretch.

David Prutton and Saints’ top goalscorer, James Beattie also managed to sting the palms of Kiely before the home side got a deserved second goal right on the stroke of half-time. Beattie did brilliantly to square the ball for strike partner Brett Ormerod to turn home and ensured Southampton had a lead going into the interval which their dominance showed.

The game would be turned by some individual brilliance from rising talent Scott Parker. Infront of England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, Parker immediately cut Southampton’s lead in half within a minute of the restart. The midfielder’s beautifully placed shot left Antti Niemi without a chance of saving. Graham Stuart then hit the crossbar as the visitors enjoyed their most prominent attacking spell of the game. With 25 minutes left, the comeback had been completed. Parker found some space and curled in another special effort. This time, it was a 25-yard strike which saw Niemi completely stranded.

Late on though, Southampton snatched the points. From another set-piece, Charlton struggled to clear their lines and Ormerod hooked home from close-range to ensure all three points would be claimed by Gordon Strachan’s side, taking them into eighth place in the table.

Southampton would spend Christmas in the top four but Strachan left in February to take a break from management and they faded to 12th by the season’s end. Charlton finished a brilliant seventh, their best-ever top-flight finish but did sell star asset Parker in the January transfer window to Chelsea for £10 million.

Memorable Matches: Charlton Athletic 4-4 West Ham United (November 2001)

Goalscorers: Paul Kitson 3, 30, 64, Jason Euell 21, 28, Jonatan Johansson 51, 90, Jermain Defoe 84

Teams:

Charlton Athletic: Dean Kiely, Steve Brown, Mark Fish, Paul Konchesky, Chris Powell, Luke Young (John Robinson 85), Mark Kinsella, Claus Jensen, Scott Parker (Shaun Bartlett 85), Jason Euell, Jonatan Johansson

West Ham United: Shaka Hislop, Christian Dailly, Hayden Foxe, Scott Minto (Joe Cole 63), Tomas Repka, Sebastien Schemmel, Michael Carrick, Don Hutchinson (Steve Lomas 63), Trevor Sinclair, Paolo Di Canio, Paul Kitson (Jermain Defoe 78)

Referee: Alan Wiley, Attendance: 23,198

15 days earlier, Charlton Athletic had stunned Arsenal at Highbury, inflicting a 4-2 defeat on the Gunners. The Addicks were about to score four goals again in a London Derby as they and West Ham United played out a score draw on a Monday night at The Valley in November 2001. This was a match full on entertainment and produced an acrobatic finale.

With Freddie Kanoute out due to a hamstring injury, West Ham manager Glenn Roeder sprung a surprise in his team selection for the visitors, picking Paul Kitson to start. The forward had been the forgotten man of the Premier League but found his goalscoring touch inside of three minutes. He drilled a low shot from the edge of the area off the post to give the Hammers the perfect start.

Charlton levelled proceedings on 21 minutes and in truth, it was a messy goal. Jason Euell made the most of a deflection to see the ball land in his path. He failed to connect with his first attempt at a shot but Shaka Hislop didn’t claim the ball cleanly and Euell benefited to bundle the ball over the line. Seven minutes later, the Jamaican made it three goals in his last two appearances, again finishing from close-range after West Ham defender Tomas Repka lost possession with Hislop beaten at the near post. Euell had two goals and two minutes later, so did Kitson. He benefited from an excellent combination between Scott Minto and Paolo Di Canio, tucking away his second goal of what was already turning out to be one of the games of the season so far.

It was 2-2 at half-time but parity didn’t last long into the second half. Euell’s strike partner, Jonatan Johansson got on the scoresheet. Scott Parker produced a perfect through ball that spilt the Hammers’ backline and Johansson calmly slotted his third goal of the season beyond Hislop. Roeder responded by bringing on two substitutes and on 64 minutes, they equalised again. Trevor Sinclair cut the ball back at the far post and Kitson completed his hat-trick on his return to The Valley.

Roeder then shuffled his pack again, bringing off his hat-trick hero with 13 minutes remaining and sending Jermain Defoe on. Defoe, who had recently scored his first-ever Premier League goal in West Ham’s last away game at Ipswich, would make the desired impact. Six minutes were left when his right-footed volley was struck too sweetly for Dean Kiely to do anything about it. It looked like the Hammers had pinched all the points.

However in stoppage-time, Johansson came up with a spectacular overhead kick after a flick-on by Mark Fish to level the match at 4-4. It was a fair result given the end-to-end thrills and spills of this remarkable contest.

Shock Results: Arsenal 2-4 Charlton Athletic (November 2001)

Goalscorers: Thierry Henry 7, 60 PEN, Steve Brown 35, Richard Wright 43 OG, Claus Jensen 49, Jason Euell 53

Teams:

Arsenal: Richard Wright, Ashley Cole (Sylvain Wiltord 68), Gilles Grimandi, Martin Keown, Lauren, Patrick Vieira, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Freddie Ljungberg, Robert Pires, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry

Charlton Athletic: Dean Kiely, Steve Brown, Mark Fish, Paul Konchesky, Chris Powell, Luke Young, Mark Kinsella, Claus Jensen (Shaun Bartlett 81), Scott Parker (Gavin Peacock 68), Jason Euell, Jonatan Johansson (John Robinson 79)

Referee: Mark Halsey, Attendance: 38,010

Arsenal were heavy favourites to defeat London rivals Charlton Athletic in November 2001. Despite being held to a 3-3 draw in their last home match by Blackburn Rovers, Arsene Wenger’s side were expected to have far too much for a hard-working Charlton side and fully capitalise of Manchester United’s defeat at Anfield earlier in the afternoon. What happened next remains one of the most stunning scorelines ever seen in the Premier League.

Arsenal made a scintillating start, completely dominating possession and creating a host of early opportunities. Steve Brown had to hook an effort off his own goal-line from Patrick Vieira but the respite was brief. Picked out by Robert Pires, Thierry Henry ran across the front of Brown and with a left-foot shot, found the back of the net with unerring accuracy after six minutes. It was Henry’s 14th goal of the season in all competitions already and the tone looked set for the afternoon’s proceedings.

However, Charlton hadn’t read the script and produced their own clinical display of finishing that left Highbury completely stunned. Having been particularly wasteful infront of goal, Arsenal then started to present their opposition with charitable chances they weren’t going to pass up. First, Brown made amends for his lax defending on the opening Arsenal goal by steering home an equaliser from Paul Konchesky’s inch-perfect free-kick.

Two minutes before the interval, Konchesky doubled his assist tally with a high delivery into the box from a similar position. Arsenal goalkeeper Richard Wright came to claim the ball but was completely indecisive and under pressure from Jason Euell, he embarrassingly fisted the ball into his own net. The look on his face afterwards said it all.

Any hope Arsenal had of producing a fightback disappeared in the opening eight minutes of the second half. From a sloppy Ashley Cole throw-in, Vieira took far too long in possession and was robbed by Jonatan Johansson. Johansson played through Claus Jensen and the Dane produced a lovely chip that found the net. His first goal of the season had astonishingly put Charlton into a 3-1 lead. The scoreline became even more staggering when the visitors went 4-1 ahead. Jensen evaded two challenges in the middle of the park and Euell exposed a high offside trap. The former Wimbledon man made no mistake to set Alan Curbishley’s side up for a famous victory.

That prompted plenty of boos from the Highbury faithful. Henry did win a penalty slightly fortunately when he went down under a challenge from Mark Fish in the penalty area, despite the South African making contact with the ball. Henry doubled his tally for the afternoon on the hour mark but that was all Arsenal could ultimately muster. Charlton had produced a remarkable result against a side that would go on to win the Premier League and FA Cup double by the end of the 2001-2002 season.

The Clubs: Charlton Athletic

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
304 93 82 129 342 442 -100 361 8

 

Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Chris Powell 187
Luke Young 187
Radostin Kishishev 178
Dean Kiely 177
Jonatan Johansson 147
Jason Euell 139
Paul Konchesky 138
Hermann Hreidarsson 132
Matt Holland 126
Shaun Bartlett 123

 

Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Jason Euell 34
Darren Bent 31
Jonatan Johansson 27
Shaun Bartlett 24
Claus Jensen 16
Graham Stuart 14
Kevin Lisbie 14
Matt Holland 11
Andy Hunt 10
Clive Mendonca 8

 

Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Charlton Athletic 5-0 Southampton 22nd August 1998 1998-1999
Charlton Athletic 4-0 Manchester City 19th August 2000 2000-2001
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-4 Charlton Athletic 23rd August 2003 2003-2004
Charlton Athletic 4-0 Norwich City 13th November 2004 2004-2005
Charlton Athletic 4-0 West Ham United 24th February 2007 2006-2007
Manchester City 1-4 Charlton Athletic 30th December 2000 2000-2001
Everton 0-3 Charlton Athletic 29th December 2001 2001-2002
Charlton Athletic 3-0 Aston Villa 22nd February 2003 2002-2003
Charlton Athletic 3-0 Aston Villa 25th August 2004 2004-2005
Middlesbrough 0-3 Charlton Athletic 28th August 2005 2005-2006

 

Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Charlton Athletic 1-6 Leeds United 5th April 2003 2002-2003
West Ham United 5-0 Charlton Athletic 26th December 2000 2000-2001
Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Charlton Athletic 9th December 2006 2006-2007
Charlton Athletic 0-4 Liverpool FC 19th May 2001 2000-2001
Manchester City 4-0 Charlton Athletic 28th August 2004 2004-2005
Arsenal 4-0 Charlton Athletic 2nd October 2004 2004-2005
Charlton Athletic 0-4 Chelsea 27th November 2004 2004-2005
Charlton Athletic 0-4 Manchester United 1st May 2005 2004-2005
Manchester United 4-0 Charlton Athletic 7th May 2006 2005-2006
Arsenal 4-0 Charlton Athletic 1st January 2007 2006-2007

 

Managers

Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Alan Curbishley 7 8th May 2006
Iain Dowie 1 13th November 2006
Les Reed 1 23rd December 2006
Alan Pardew 1 22nd November 2008

 

Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Charlton Athletic 0-4 Chelsea 27th November 2004 34,585 2004-2005
Charlton Athletic 0-2 Chelsea 17th September 2005 27,111 2005-2006
Charlton Athletic 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur 1st October 2005 27,111 2005-2006
Charlton Athletic 0-1 Arsenal 26th December 2005 27,111 2005-2006
Charlton Athletic 2-0 Liverpool FC 8th February 2006 27,111 2005-2006
Charlton Athletic 0-3 Liverpool FC 16th December 2006 27,111 2005-2006
Charlton Athletic 0-1 Chelsea 3rd February 2007 27,111 2005-2006
Charlton Athletic 4-0 West Ham United 24th February 2007 27,111 2005-2006
Charlton Athletic 1-1 Sheffield United 21st April 2007 27,111 2005-2006
Charlton Athletic 4-0 Norwich City 13th November 2004 27,057 2004-2005

 

Intro

Charlton Athletic reached the Premier League in 1998. They went down in their first season at this level but became stronger for the experience. After an instant promotion in 2000, Charlton spent the next seven years punching above their weight, finishing 7th in 2004. Alan Curbishley stabilised the club into a genuine force until his departure at the end of the 2005-2006 season. Three managers followed in 2006-2007 which ended in relegation and the Addicks look some way away now from re-integrating themselves into the elite.

 

1998-1999

Charlton’s maiden Premier League adventure started brilliantly. Alan Curbishley was Manager of the Month for August and the team kept three clean sheets in their opening three games. This saw them draw 0-0 at Newcastle United and Arsenal, as well as thrash Southampton 5-0 which still remains their biggest-ever Premier League victory.

A run of eight successive defeats in the winter months saw the Addicks drop into the bottom three and they rarely escaped that area in the table afterwards. They never gave up and recorded a tremendous 4-3 away victory on the penultimate weekend of the season at Villa Park. However, a final day home loss to Sheffield Wednesday ensured an instant relegation back to Division One.

 

2000-2001

After the hard lessons of their first Premier League season, Charlton improved greatly on their Premier League return, finishing with 52 points and achieving an excellent finish of 9th in the final standings. The Addicks also scored the Goal of the Season courtesy of Shaun Bartlett’s stunning volley in the 2-0 home win over Leicester City in April. Among the other season highlights were a New Years’ Day victory over Arsenal and a storming comeback from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Manchester United. However, they did leak 57 goals which was the worst defensive record outside of the bottom five teams.

 

2001-2002

Curbishley’s 11th season at the helm saw Charlton slip five positions from their previous season finish but it could have been very different. The club were in the race for the UEFA Cup positions and a Chris Powell winner away at Tottenham Hotspur in March took them into the dizzy heights of seventh position. However, they failed to win any of their last eight games to see them end 14th. Club-record signing Jason Euell quickly repaid the faith shown in him, top scoring with 11 goals whilst they were one of only three sides to defeat champions Arsenal, stunning the Gunners 4-2 at Highbury in November.

 

2002-2003

Charlton made a slow start to their 2002-2003 campaign and were bottom of the table in mid-October. A Jason Euell header to beat high-flying Middlesbrough started a rapid turn of fortunes for the playing squad and an undefeated February took them into the top six. It also saw Curbishley win a Manager of the Month award. Unfortunately for the second season running, the Addicks form declined in the closing months. Just one victory from the start of March onwards saw them finish 12th. Euell was top scorer again whilst Scott Parker’s excellent performances in midfield saw him nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year.

 

2003-2004

2003-2004 would be Charlton’s best-ever Premier League campaign. Despite winning just one of their first six matches, Curbishley’s side took full advantage of stumbling campaigns from Liverpool FC and Newcastle United. They sat in fourth position in early November and a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough in March saw them reclaim that spot, which would have taken them into the UEFA Champions League. Once again, the season petered out with just two wins in their last 10 games but Charlton still finished in a Premier League high of 7th. Parker was sold to Chelsea for £10 million in the January transfer window, whilst Dean Kiely’s excellent showings in-goal saw him sweep the club’s Player of the Year awards.

 

2004-2005

Although they lost Claus Jensen to Fulham and Paolo di Canio to Lazio in the summer, Alan Curbishley strengthened his squad with the arrivals of Bryan Hughes, Francis Jeffers and Danny Murphy. There were some hefty early season losses though, with the Londoners losing 4-1 at Bolton Wanderers and suffering four-goal losses to Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea. A 2-0 victory over European rivals Tottenham Hotspur in March guided Charlton into seventh spot before their traditional end-of-season loss of form. There were no wins in their last 10 outings and therefore, an 11th place finish was slightly disappointing for the supporters after the pre-season expectations.

 

2005-2006

Charlton made a sensational start to their 2005-2006 campaign with Murphy winning praise for his displays in midfield. They won their first five away games which was a new club-record and the goals of Darren Bent helped plug an issue from the previous campaign. Bent scored 18 times to end as the top scoring Englishman, although it wasn’t enough to get him into England’s World Cup squad.

Charlton sat fifth at the end of October but seven defeats from their next nine games ended any European qualification dreams before the New Year. Murphy was sold to Tottenham Hotspur in January and sensing the club was stagnating, Curbishley announced he was leaving at the end of the season moments before they kicked off their final home match of the season against Blackburn Rovers. Charlton finished a lacklustre 13th as they said a fond farewell to the man who had guided them through a largely successful 15 seasons at the helm.

 

2006-2007

Curbishley’s replacement would be the former Crystal Palace boss Iain Dowie but his reign didn’t last long. Charlton won just two of their opening 12 fixtures and he was dismissed with the club in the relegation zone. First-team coach Les Reed stepped into the breach, but also proved unsuitable for the job and he was sacked following a 2-0 loss to Middlesbrough just before Christmas.

Former player Alan Pardew returned to become the club’s third different manager of the season and although there was an improvement in results and performances, the damage had already been done. In their last home match of the season, goals from Dimitar Berbatov and ex-Charlton youth player Jermain Defoe earned Tottenham Hotspur a 2-0 victory and consigned Charlton to the Championship. They haven’t come close to returning to the top-flight since.

Great Goals: James McFadden – EVERTON vs. Charlton Athletic (April 2007)

Charlton Athletic were desperately scrapping for points in their battle to avoid relegation. It looked like they’d rescued a late draw in April 2007 at Goodison Park. Darren Bent had equalised to make the score 1-1. However, their hearts would be broken by this incredible individual goal from Everton’s James McFadden.

Standing on the edge of the area, McFadden delightfully flicked the ball over the head of Charlton defender Majid Bougherra. Then, with his second touch, he provided a wonderful volley to leave Scott Carson totally helpless. The win took Everton into the Premier League’s top five, whilst Charlton never recovered from this late blow and would ultimately be relegated by the end of the season.

Premier League Files: Paul Konchesky

Premier League Career: Charlton Athletic (1999, 2000-2005), Tottenham Hotspur (2003), West Ham United (2005-2007), Fulham (2007-2010), Liverpool FC (2010), Leicester City (2014-2015)

Paul Konchesky featured for six Premier League clubs in a much-travelled career which saw a degree of high and low points. Konchesky was an important figure in the West Ham United and Fulham sides that did so well in the mid-2000s but was ridiculed by Liverpool FC supporters for a horrific spell as the club’s main left-back after signing for the Merseysiders in August 2010. His career has continued until November 2017 when he departed ambitious non-league side Billericay Town.

A lifelong supporter of West Ham United, Konchesky signed for the club as a boy in their academy but he would first make the grade at Charlton Athletic, becoming a trainee with the Addicks in 1997. At the age of 16 years and 93 days, he made his first-team debut in a Division One match against Oxford United, becoming the club’s youngest player to feature at that particular point.

He got a brief flavour of Premier League football during Charlton’s first flirtation with the big league in 1999, coming on as a substitute in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United, then playing the whole 90 minutes of their 2-0 victory over Wimbledon. That was Charlton’s first victory in 14 Premier League matches but they would be relegated at the end of the campaign.

Konchesky became more of a regular fixture in their second Premier League adventure, featuring 27 times as the club finished ninth in 2000-2001. In 2002-2003, he scored a brilliant free-kick at home to Blackburn Rovers and a cool lob over Chris Kirkland’s head as Liverpool FC were defeated 2-0 at The Valley weeks later. However, frustrated by not playing consistently in his regular left-back role, he submitted a transfer request in the summer of 2003 which was accepted by the Charlton hierarchy.

No offers were forthcoming though and a deal was eventually struck with Tottenham Hotspur for him to go on-loan for the 2003-2004 campaign. After playing 12 times for Tottenham, Charlton recalled him in December 2003 due to a mounting injury crisis and the differences between player and club were resolved.

Paul stayed until the summer of 2005 when the opportunity to play for the club he supported was simply irresistible to ignore. West Ham paid Charlton £1.5 million for his services and he was excellent all season, playing a significant role in the Hammers’ top-10 finish in their first season back in the top-flight after a couple of campaigns in the Championship. He also played and scored in the cracking 2006 FA Cup final against Liverpool FC when his attempted cross flew into Pepe Reina’s goal to put West Ham 3-2 ahead with just over 20 minutes to go. Steven Gerrard equalised and Konchesky was one of three players to be denied by Reina in the shootout as his day ended in sheer heartbreak.

Reunited with Alan Curbishley midway through 2006-2007 when he replaced Alan Pardew, it was clear there were still a few differences between the pair from their Charlton days. Curbishley preferred the more defensively-minded George McCartney in the left-back spot and Konchesky realised his days at the club were numbered. Despite West Ham’s late escape against the drop, he criticised the manager, claiming he made the players unhappy and miserable. He swiftly departed for Fulham in the summer of 2007.

The Cottagers snapped him up for £3.25 million and this was quite probably the best period of Konchesky’s career. You always felt he was a player who needed to feel wanted and he certainly got this at Craven Cottage. In January 2009, he scored a cracking drive from distance at West Ham which won the January Goal of the Month award and was shortlisted for Goal of the Season. His first Fulham goal was one to treasure and it was clear he enjoyed it too. In 2009-2010, he was part of the Fulham side that got all the way to the UEFA Europa League final before narrowly falling short in the showpiece event, going down 2-1 to Atletico Madrid after extra-time.

Roy Hodgson was Fulham manager when Konchesky was at the club and he took him to Liverpool FC when he was appointed the Reds’ new boss in the summer of 2010. Although Mark Hughes wanted to keep him, Paul’s desire to play for one of the biggest clubs in Europe was the deciding factor. He made a £4 million move to Anfield in August but it would turn out to be a nightmare six months on Merseyside.

He looked a pale shadow of the player that had established himself as one of the league’s best full-backs at Fulham and was heavily criticised for a late error at White Hart Lane which gifted Tottenham Hotspur all three points in November. When he was substituted against Wolverhampton Wanderers a month later, the fans cheered his departure from the field of play. It was clear they never took to Konchesky. When his mother rounded on Liverpudlian critics on Facebook, his time was over at Anfield.

One of Kenny Dalglish’s first acts as caretaker manager was to get rid of Konchesky. He was loaned to Nottingham Forest for the remainder of the 2010-2011 season and eventually, got a permanent move to Leicester City. Konchesky admitted later that his time with Liverpool was the hardest period of his career. He said: “One of the toughest, obviously, I went to Liverpool in the summer and when you move teams you think it’s going to be a big thing for you really. It obviously didn’t work out for different reasons.”

He had one final Premier League season with Leicester in 2014-2015, scoring a winning goal against Aston Villa and playing 26 times as Nigel Pearson’s side pulled off an incredible escape against the drop. His contract wasn’t renewed though and he dropped down the league pyramid to wind down his career with the likes of Queens Park Rangers, Gillingham and Billericay Town. He won two international caps during Sven-Goran Eriksson’s reign as England boss.

Paul Konchesky was always a strong and solid performer. He will always have his critics, slightly unfortunately for the tough experience he endured at Liverpool. In his prime with the London clubs though, he was always someone who you could count on to perform at the highest level.

Shock Results: Charlton Athletic 1-4 West Bromwich Albion (March 2005)

Goalscorers: Geoff Horsfield 9, Jonatan Johansson 24, Rob Earnshaw 73, 84, 90 PEN

Teams:

Charlton Athletic: Dean Kiely, Talal El Karkouri (SENT OFF), Mark Fish, Hermann Hreidarsson, Luke Young, Paul Konchesky, Jerome Thomas, Danny Murphy (Dennis Rommedahl 77), Matt Holland, Jonatan Johansson (Jason Euell 70), Shaun Bartlett (Bryan Hughes 82)

West Bromwich Albion: Russell Hoult, Martin Albrechtsen, Neil Clement, Thomas Gaardsoe (Darren Moore 22), Paul Robinson, Kieran Richardson (Rob Earnshaw 64), Ronnie Wallwork, Jonathan Greening, Zoltan Gera (Richard Chaplow 86), Geoff Horsfield, Kevin Campbell

Referee: Mark Halsey, Attendance: 27,104

Bottom of the league going into this clash at The Valley, time was starting to run out for Bryan Robson and West Bromwich Albion. They’d won just two matches under his reign and were winless away from The Hawthorns. They were facing a Charlton side that were in seventh place and leading the race for the final UEFA Cup qualifying spot.

West Brom were boosted from a 2-0 victory a fortnight earlier at home to Birmingham City and they made a flying start off the back of this win. Nine minutes had been played when Zoltan Gera picked out Geoff Horsfield. Horsfield headed home from close-range with Charlton defenders looking rather static.

This sloppy start was not expected by the home team but it aroused Alan Curbishley’s side from their slumbers. Replacing Dennis Rommedahl in the starting XI, Jonatan Johansson had a point to prove and he delivered with the equaliser. Having just flashed a shot narrowly wide moments earlier, he was played through by Jerome Thomas and made the most of a fortunate bounce off the advancing goalkeeper Russell Hoult to guide the ball into an empty net.

The outcome of the game changed in the 29th minute when referee Mark Halsey flashed out his red card at Charlton defender Talal El Karkouri. El Karkouri’s feet left the ground in a nasty challenge on Gera. Albion players were livid with the tackle, surrounding the Moroccan international who was quite rightly sent off by Halsey. Despite the deficit of playing a man light, Charlton nearly led before the interval. Darren Moore, who had come on for the injured Thomas Gaardsoe had to clear a goal-line effort from Hermann Hreidarsson.

With 25 minutes left to play, Robson elected to switch to a 4-3-3 formation, sacrificing Kieran Richardson for Rob Earnshaw. The Welshman would have a sensational outcome on the match. Nine minutes after his arrival, he gave the visitors the lead. Paul Robinson had acres of space and produced a delightful cross to the back post. Horsfield won the header against Paul Konchesky and Earnshaw was in the right place to guide the ball past Dean Kiely.

With six minutes remaining, it was game over. Gera produced his second assist of the afternoon, with a neatly-threaded pass into Earnshaw’s path. He exposed the Charlton high offside line and commandingly beat Kiely to make it 3-1. However, there was one more moment of joy for the Albion supporters. In stoppage-time, Richard Chaplow was scythed down on his Premier League debut by Bryan Hughes. Halsey awarded a penalty and Earnshaw dispatched it effectively, to make it 10 Premier League goals for the season. It also meant he became the first player to score a hat-trick in all of England’s top four divisions, the FA Cup, the League Cup and at international level for Wales. It started West Brom’s amazing escape act, as they survived on the final day of the season.

Premier League Files: Neil Redfearn

Premier League Career: Barnsley (1997-1998), Charlton Athletic (1998-1999), Bradford City (1999-2000)

In a playing career that spanned an amazing 24 years, Neil Redfearn made 790 appearances in the Football League which is the fifth highest of all-time. He also got the opportunity to feature in three Premier League campaigns for three different teams and has also experienced a taste of management, albeit not too successfully for either Rotherham United or Leeds United.

Redfearn began his career with Bolton Wanderers in 1982. It would take another 15 years before he managed to reach the limelight of Premier League football. During this time, he would play for Lincoln City, Doncaster Rovers, Crystal Palace, Watford and Oldham Athletic. The main highlight of his first decade playing was helping Oldham reach the top-flight of English football in 1991. However, the signing of Mike Milligan from Everton meant he was deemed surplus to requirements by the Latics management and he would sign for Barnsley that summer.

Seven seasons at Oakwell would follow, during which he became the club’s regular penalty-taker and captain. In 1996-1997, Barnsley surprised pretty much everyone by reaching the Premier League, finishing second behind Bolton Wanderers and earning promotion. Redfearn was the key figure that season, contributing with 17 goals.

His position in Barnsley folklore was secured when after nine minutes of their opening match in the Premier League; he headed home their first goal at this level against West Ham United. West Ham recovered to win the match 2-1 but Redfearn made an impressive impact on the top-flight. Days later, it was his long-range strike from distance that secured the Tykes first-ever victory in the Premier League away at Crystal Palace. Redfearn finished with an impressive 10 goals and only missed one match in the entire campaign. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to keep Barnsley in the division. This made him a wanted man and he would move on from Yorkshire in the summer of 1998.

Newly-promoted Charlton Athletic paid £1 million for Redfearn’s services, as he ended his Barnsley career with 84 goals in 338 matches. He scored three times in 30 games but as his family struggled to settle in London, his stay at The Valley would be restricted to just a single season. He returned to his native Yorkshire and joined another newly-promoted team in Bradford City a year later. He struggled at Valley Parade, scoring just once against Leicester City before going on the move again, this time to Wigan Athletic. He ended his playing career in the non-league in 2008 with Salford City.

Management has been less successful, winning just 16 league matches combined with Leeds and Rotherham. He was out of work from February 2016 until December 2017 when he became manager of Women’s Super League Two side Doncaster Rovers Belles.

Seasonal Records: 2003-2004

For all the statistical fans out there, here are some of the season’s records from the 2003-2004 Premier League campaign, as Arsenal became the first side since Preston North End in 1888 to go through an entire top-flight campaign without losing.

FINAL TABLE

Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Arsenal 38 26 12 0 73 26 +47 90
2 Chelsea 38 24 7 7 67 30 +37 79
3 Manchester United 38 23 6 9 64 35 +29 75
4 Liverpool FC 38 16 12 10 55 37 +18 60
5 Newcastle United 38 13 17 8 52 40 +12 56
6 Aston Villa 38 15 11 12 48 44 +4 56
7 Charlton Athletic 38 14 11 13 51 51 0 53
8 Bolton Wanderers 38 14 11 13 48 56 -8 53
9 Fulham 38 14 10 14 52 46 +6 52
10 Birmingham City 38 12 14 12 43 48 -5 50
11 Middlesbrough 38 13 9 16 44 52 -8 48
12 Southampton 38 12 11 15 44 45 -1 47
13 Portsmouth 38 12 9 17 47 54 -7 45
14 Tottenham Hotspur 38 13 6 19 47 57 -10 45
15 Blackburn Rovers 38 12 8 18 51 59 -8 44
16 Manchester City 38 9 14 15 55 54 +1 41
17 Everton 38 9 12 17 45 57 -12 39
18 Leicester City 38 6 15 17 48 65 -17 33
19 Leeds United 38 8 9 21 40 79 -39 33
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 7 12 19 38 77 -39 33

 

THE BASIC STATS

Goals Scored 1012
European qualifiers Arsenal (UEFA Champions League), Chelsea (UEFA Champions League), Manchester United (UEFA Champions League), Liverpool FC (UEFA Champions League), Newcastle United (UEFA Cup), Middlesbrough (UEFA Cup)
Longest winning run 9 games (Arsenal)
Longest unbeaten run 38 games – THE ENTIRE SEASON (Arsenal)
Longest winless run 14 games (Manchester City)
Longest losing run 6 games (Leeds United)
Highest attendance 67,758 (Manchester United vs. Southampton)
Lowest attendance 13,981 (Fulham vs. Blackburn Rovers)

 

AWARDS

PFA Players’ Player of the Year Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
PFA Young Player of the Year Scott Parker (Charlton Athletic & Chelsea)
Football Writers’ Award Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
PFA Team of the Year Tim Howard, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Lauren, John Terry, Patrick Vieira, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Robert Pires, Thierry Henry, Ruud van Nistelrooy
Manager of the Year Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)
Premier League Goal of the Season Dietmar Hamann (LIVERPOOL FC vs. Portsmouth)

 

HAT-TRICK HEROES

Player Teams Score Date
Teddy Sheringham Portsmouth vs. Bolton Wanderers 4-0 26th August 2003
Nicolas Anelka Manchester City vs. Aston Villa 4-1 14th September 2003
Ruud van Nistelrooy Leicester City vs. Manchester United 1-4 27th September 2003
Kevin Lisbie Charlton Athletic vs. Liverpool FC 3-2 28th September 2003
Steve Watson Everton vs. Leeds United 4-0 28th September 2003
Robbie Keane Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-2 6th December 2003
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Chelsea vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-2 27th March 2004
Thierry Henry Arsenal vs. Liverpool FC 4-2 9th April 2004
Thierry Henry Arsenal vs. Leeds United 5-0 16th April 2004
Yakubu Portsmouth vs. Middlesbrough 5-1 15th May 2004

 

TOP SCORERS

Position Player Teams No of Goals
1 Thierry Henry Arsenal 30
2 Alan Shearer Newcastle United 22
3= Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United 20
3= Louis Saha Fulham & Manchester United 20
5= Mikael Forssell Birmingham City 17
5= Nicolas Anelka Manchester City 17
7= Michael Owen Liverpool FC 16
7= Juan Pablo Angel Aston Villa 16
7= Yakubu Portsmouth 16
10= Robert Pires Arsenal 14
10= James Beattie Southampton 14
10= Robbie Keane Tottenham Hotspur 14
13= Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Chelsea 13
13= Kevin Phillips Southampton 13
15 Les Ferdinand Leicester City 12
16= Andy Cole Blackburn Rovers 11
16= Paul Dickov Leicester City 11
16= Mark Viduka Leeds United 11
19= Frank Lampard Chelsea 10
19= Jason Euell Charlton Athletic 10
19= Hernan Crespo Chelsea 10
22= Paul Scholes Manchester United 9
22= Darius Vassell Aston Villa 9
22= Youri Djorkaeff Bolton Wanderers 9
22= Luis Boa Morte Fulham 9

BIGGEST VICTORIES

Portsmouth 6-1 Leeds United 8th November 2003
Arsenal 5-0 Leeds United 16th April 2004
Chelsea 5-0 Newcastle United 9th November 2003
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-5 Chelsea 20th September 2003
Leicester City 0-5 Aston Villa 31st January 2004
Manchester City 6-2 Bolton Wanderers 18th October 2003
Portsmouth 5-1 Middlesbrough 15th May 2004
Blackburn Rovers 5-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16th August 2003
Manchester City 5-1 Everton 15th May 2004
Middlesbrough 0-4 Arsenal 24th August 2003

 

HIGHEST SCORING GAMES

No of Goals Teams Date
8 Manchester City 6-2 Bolton Wanderers 18th October 2003
8 Middlesbrough 5-3 Birmingham City 20th March 2004
8 Tottenham Hotspur 4-4 Leicester City 22nd February 2004
7 Portsmouth 6-1 Leeds United 8th November 2003
7 Chelsea 5-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27th March 2004
7 Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 6th December 2003
7 Everton 3-4 Manchester United 7th February 2004
7 Blackburn Rovers 3-4 Bolton Wanderers 10th January 2004
7 Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 Portsmouth 7th February 2004
7 Fulham 3-4 Blackburn Rovers 12th April 2004
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-3 Leicester City 25th October 2003
6 Portsmouth 5-1 Middlesbrough 15th May 2004
6 Blackburn Rovers 5-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16th August 2003
6 Manchester City 5-1 Everton 15th May 2004
6 Arsenal 4-2 Liverpool FC 9th April 2004
6 Chelsea 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur 13th September 2003
6 Newcastle United 4-2 Everton 3rd April 2004
6 Charlton Athletic 4-2 Chelsea 26th December 2003
6 Charlton Athletic 2-4 Tottenham Hotspur 11th February 2004
6 Portsmouth 4-2 Manchester City 10th January 2004

 

YOUNGEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Aaron Lennon Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Leeds United 16 years, 4 months, 7 days 23rd August 2003
Ricardo Vaz Te Middlesbrough 2-0 Bolton Wanderers 17 years, 6 months, 23 days 3rd April 2004
Luke Moore Newcastle United 1-1 Aston Villa 17 years, 8 months, 19 days 1st November 2003
James Milner Leeds United 0-1 Manchester United 17 years, 9 months, 14 days 18th October 2003
Wayne Rooney Arsenal 2-1 Everton 17 years, 9 months, 23 days 16th August 2003
James Morrison Portsmouth 5-1 Middlesbrough 17 years, 11 months, 20 days 15th May 2004
Steven Taylor Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Newcastle United 18 years, 2 months, 5 days 28th March 2004
Gael Clichy Birmingham City 0-3 Arsenal 18 years, 3 months, 27 days 22nd November 2003
Scott Carson Leeds United 0-3 Middlesbrough 18 years, 4 months, 28 days 31st January 2004
Collins John Chelsea 2-1 Fulham 18 years, 5 months, 3 days 20th March 2004

 

OLDEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
David Seaman Portsmouth 4-2 Manchester City 40 years, 3 months, 22 days 10th January 2004
Denis Irwin Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur 38 years, 6 months, 14 days 15th May 2004
Teddy Sheringham Portsmouth 5-1 Middlesbrough 38 years, 1 month, 13 days 15th May 2004
Martin Keown Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City 37 years, 9 months, 21 days 15th May 2004
Nigel Martyn Manchester City 5-1 Everton 37 years, 9 months, 4 days 15th May 2004
Les Ferdinand Leicester City 3-1 Portsmouth 37 years, 4 months, 20 days 8th May 2004
Colin Cooper Middlesbrough 3-1 Southampton 37 years, 1 month, 15 days 12th April 2004
Paul Jones Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur 37 years, 27 days 15th May 2004
Paul Ince Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur 36 years, 6 months, 24 days 15th May 2004
Gus Poyet Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur 36 years, 6 months 15th May 2004

 

CLEAN SHEETS

Position Player Teams No of Clean Sheets
1= Jens Lehmann Arsenal 15
1= Edwin van der Sar Fulham 15
3= Carlo Cudicini Chelsea 14
3= Maik Taylor Birmingham City 14
5 Jerzy Dudek Liverpool FC 13
5= Mark Schwarzer Middlesbrough 13
7= Tim Howard Manchester United 12
7= Thomas Sorensen Aston Villa 12
9 Shay Given Newcastle United 11
10 Dean Kiely Charlton Athletic 10

Great Goals: Shaun Bartlett – CHARLTON ATHLETIC vs. Leicester City (April 2001)

Charlton Athletic were enjoying a comfortable campaign in 2000-2001 and were destined to finish in the top half of the table. On April Fools’ Day 2001, there was no fooling around this shot from Shaun Bartlett which was the rightful winner of the Goal of the Season award.

The Addicks were already 1-0 ahead in this match with Leicester City when this magical goal occurred. Graham Stuart played an inch-perfect pass over the top of the Leicester defence. Bartlett watched the ball all the way on its journey in the air. As it dropped down towards ground level, he hit the strike first-time on the volley which headed straight into the net.

Charlton won the game 2-0 and Bartlett had launched himself onto the Premier League stage in the grand manner.