Duo Head Out On Loan

Charlton youngsters Tamer Tuna and Ben Davisson have both joined non-league side Thurrock on a month’s loan ruling them out of featuring in tomorrow’s cup clash.

The duo could potentially make their Thurrock debut instead tomorrow afternoon at home against Braintree Town.

This will be a second loan spell away from the club this season for Davisson following a loan spell at Bromley earlier this season while Tamer Tuna playing for six different teams last season including the Charlton first team, Turkey under 19’s, Staines Town, Woking and Welling.

Thurrock meanwhile, have been struggling this season and hope the new loan duo will improve a season which has yet to see Thurrock win a game but have drawn six and lost six.

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Facing Old Friends

Barnet defender Grant Basey, who has been at Charlton since eight years of age, has revealed that it will be strange coming up against players that he has played with and players that have come through the youth sytem with him.

Basey, 21, was released in the summer by Charlton despite being offered new terms as he wasn’t given first team assurances and is familiar with many faces in the Charlton line-up. However, he insists that tomorrow isn’t about proving a point to manager Phil Parkinson and holds no grudges against the club he grew up at.

Basey stated ‘In the tunnel tomorrow I will look up and see many faces that I have played with over the years and now will face them as an opposing player. I had many great years and have happy memories of my time at Charlton and hold no grudges against the club.’

‘I jumped at the chance to join Barnet in the summer and will give my all to them. Tomorrow s just another cup game, another London Derby but will also show my commitment to Barnet Football Club.’

‘I had a chance to play for Aberdeen in the SPL after the Charlton terms broke down but after weeks for agreeing and nothing happening I had to look elsewhere. I knew Mark Stimson and I heard of his interest and I wanted to take the chance to play football again. People were saying that because I joined Barnet until January that I would use the club as a stepping stone but that’s not the case and my deal will be reviewed in January with a strong possibility that I will stay here.’

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Benson- Player of the month?

Charlton striker Paul Benson has been nominated as Football League One’s player of the month following his fine goalscoring form for Charlton Athletic.

The striker, 31, who joined the Addicks from Dagenham and Redbridge for a reported 250k netted twice against Plymouth at Home Park in a cruical 2-2 draw for Charlton as well as scoring twice in a 4-3 away win at Carlisle earlier this month.

Benson will be hoping that his goalscoring form will count in his favour but he faces tough competition from Plymouth’s Bradley Wright-Phillips, who has also been impressive in front of goal as well as Huddersfield’s Anthony Pilkington and Brighton defender Inigo Calderon who has scored three goals from the heart of the defence.

The winner will be announced on Thursday 11th November choosen by Sky Sports Peter Beagrie, BBC’s Mark Clemmit, Football League representive John Nagle and N-Power sponsor representive Emma Collins.

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Another London Derby

While Charlton’s first team have been in impressive form in the last few league matches, the under 18’s have also been preforming in the same manner picking up big victories against Arsenal and West Ham academy sides as well as progressing through to the second round of the FA Youth Cup after beating Crawley Town at local non-league side Welling.

On Saturday, the young Addicks will be hoping to continue their impressive league preformance against Fulham at Motspur Park with players already looking ahead to the summer when their futures will be decided by manager Phil Parkinson and academy manager Damian Matthew.

Speaking ahead of the game Matthew stated that the players were being taught how to handle matches in many different ways as some players are potentially reaching the step towards representing the Addicks in league one and believed that the way that Crawley was set up on Tuesday night was the same way that many league one outfits have been set up when facing Charlton this season.

Looking towards the game on Saturday, Matthew further added that he would look at the lads on Friday morning to see who was fit and mentally prepared to face Fulham and choose the team accordingly. He also believed that Fulham would be a massive challenge due to the way the club was set up with the youth team heavily financed with decent resources also made available for them.

But come Saturday at 5pm will Charlton have gained a double victory over London outfits and can the under 18’s prove themselves once again against a London rival and a premiership academy set-up? Kick off is at 11:30am at Motspur Park

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Barnet vs. Charlton Athletic preview

This weekend sees the debut in this season’s FA Cup for the 48 football league teams in the bottom two divisions as everyone enters with the aspiration of having a good cup run, to try and balance the books and the hopes of facing a premiership giant in the third round of the competition. After all they say that any publicilty is good publicity.

This game could be seen as a welcome distraction away from league football for struggling Barnet manager Mark Stimson and his tropps with Barnet rockbottom of the football league ladder. Despite a major summer overhaul of new recruits in the summer Barnet fans will see this season as yet another relegation dogfight with their league survival only being guranateed on the last day last season as Barnet beat promoted Rochdale while Grimsby lost which saw the Mariners relegated. 

Barnet fans have also been vocal in the assesment of this match believing that Barnet’s performances have been so bad this season that even if Parkinson was to field a reserve team tomorrow afternoon it would still be more than enough to see Charlton progress to the second round.

In terms of team news for the Bees, they will be without former Addick striker Izale McLeod following recent surgery on a reoccurance of his knee injury, however youth graduate Grant Basey is expected to come up against many familiar faces after returning to the team for Barnet’s league defeat to Stevenage Borough on Tuesday. Veteran striker Steve Kabba has also overcome an ankle injury and is set to return to the side after missing the last six league games. However, Barnet will still have a large injury list with centre-halfs Darren Dennehy (foot) and Daniel Leach (ankle) joining Izale McLeod (knee), Danny Hart (hamstring) and Danny Kelly (ankle) on the sidelines. Young defender Reece Yorke has been loaned out to non-league side Wealdstone.

Charlton fans, however, see this game as an unwelcome distraction to their domestic season with Charlton winning their last three league fixtures, evaluating them amongst the promotion contenders following a mixed start to the season. Charlton will be hoping to avoid another embrassing defeat following their shock exit to non-league minnows Northwich Victoria in the first round last season with their attentions turned towards the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy cup run which will see them play away at Southend United on Tuesday. 

In terms of team-news for the Addicks, they will once again be without Lee Martin, after the Ipswich Town striker was refused premission to play in the competition by manager Roy Keane as part of his loan agreement. However, fellow loanee and West Ham’s reserve defender Matt Fry has been allowed premission to play in tomorrow’s match at Barnet by manager Avram Grant. Charlton will also be without defender Kelly Youga due to a knee injury that will see him sidelined for the remainder of the season and fellow defender Chris Solly after he suffered an ankle injury in training on Sunday.

Charlton fans will need no reminding that they lost against Barnet in a pre-season friendly for the second consectuive time in July but Charlton have the upper-hand in the all important competitive fixtures with the Addicks dismissing Barnet from the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in a 4-1 win at the Valley last season.

Charlton fans will be hoping to avoid another cup upset, however at the same time trying to avoid a lengthy cup upset while Barnet will be hoping this match could turn around their dismissal form this season. However both sets of fans, players and coaches will want to win the match when the whistle blows at 3pm Saturday afternoon with the aim of the match to be in the hat for the second round draw and one step closer to hopefully coming up against premiership opposition.

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The Magic Of The Cup

While top-flight fans this weekend will be hoping that their teams are succesful in the league this weekend, the magic and the romance of the FA Cup returns to those in football leagues one and two and the non-league teams that have done well to progress this far.

And it is the romance and tradition of this cup which has amazed many fans over the years with the most unlikely results happening on cup final day, with non-leaguers Chasetown beating Port Vale a few seasons ago and Charlton, who played in the first round for their first time in 15 years, suffered defeat away at Northwich Victoria.

This weekend everyone will be trying to predict where the cup upsets will happen and particulary the fans of football league clubs will be hoping to see there names in the hat for the second round draw.

It all begins on Friday night when the TV camaras are broadcasting the first round proper debut of fans-owned breakaway club FC United of Manchester as they come up against local league rivals Rochdale in what should surely be a foregone conclusion especially with the game being played at Spotland.

Charlton fans will also be keen to progress in this competition with expectations being a first-round exit throughout the last few seasons in this competition. They will come up against the relegation-threatened Barnet at Underhill this weekend and should also come up against a familiar face in youth academy graduate Grant Basey, a player who was released in the summer, as he wasn’t given assurances of first team football, facing competition from regular choice but now a long-term absentee Kelly Youga, summer signing Johnnie Jackson and West Ham’s Matt Fry.

On paper this should be a foregone conclusion with Charlton and Rochdale progressing and no upsets happening this weekend but then this is the beauty of the FA Cup and upsets do happen. Just ask the Charlton fans who saw manager Phil Parkinson field a full-strength 11 away at Northwich Victoria last season only to see his team crash out of the competition. Will the romance of the cup be a blessing on the Addicks this weekend?

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