This afternoon we welcome the fans of Charlton Athletic, almost a year to the day since they came to Hillsborough and beat us comprehensively. Before the season started some fans may have predicted this could be a pivotal clash in the battle to avoid the drop into League One. However good management, prudent signings and a collective team spirit have ensured that instead both clubs are competing for places in the top half of the table.
Three players who will be remembered fondly having represented both clubs are goalkeepers Bob Bolder and Nicky Weaver, plus midfielder Chris Bart-Williams. Bob Bolder will be particularly remembered as he played the majority of his football for both clubs and was the 1987 "Charlton Player of the Year". He has returned to the club in recent years to do some work with the community programme at Charlton. Nicky Weaver of course is a true Wednesdayite and works at our Academy as our goalkeeping coach.
Whilst both clubs have suffered the ignominy of off-field financial problems in the last 30 years (with Charlton even having to ground share with Crystal Palace and West Ham before returning to The Valley after a 7 year plus absence in December, 1992), and both clubs had their most successful periods before the War, it is gratifying to see two clubs competing today who seem to face a brighter future. Whilst it is generally accepted that SWFC have the potential to be a massive club once again and return to the higher echelons of English football, it is not always acknowledged that "The Addicks" were one of this country's best supported clubs from the mid 30's until they were relegated from the top flight in 1957. In fact Charlton finished 2nd, 4th and 3rd in the top league during consecutive seasons in the late 1930s. After being losing Finalists in 1946, in 1947 they won the F.A. Cup by beating Burnley 1-0 with a goal by Scotsman, Chris Duffy. So fans of both clubs should not totally despair about being locked out of the "premiership party" and how a money dominated league is controlled by a small group of elitist clubs. Things can change quickly in football and often do!
AWAY COACH TO BOURNEMOUTH
We have the longest trip of the season of 235 miles to Goldsands Stadium, Bournemouth for the Owls' Championship game v AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, 18th April, 2015. Kick off is at 3:00pm and a Wednesdayite Coach service will be departing from the Wednesdayite Car Park, Penistone Road, at 7:00amprompt, hopefully giving us time to call off en-route for a drink and a bite to eat. Let's hope we can repeat our success of last season when we came away with a 4-2 win, following late goals from Leon Best and Chris Maguire.
Wednesdayite Adult Member - £27
Wednesdayite Junior Member - £24
Adult Non-Member - £29
Junior Non-Member - £28
7:00am - Wednesdayite Car Park, Penistone Road
7:20am - A57 , Elmwood Farm Roundabout, Beighton
7:30am - Barlborough Lay By off Jct 30 M1
Please visit www.wednesdayite.com/coach to make an on-line booking and for further information.Enjoy the game this afternoon,
Peter Shaw, Wednesdayite