Everyone has a favourite game, player and goal, but how many of us take the time to compile a top ten?
Well in my industry (like many others) December is a quiet month so in 2006 a Spurs colleague of mine and I decided to list out favourite ten goals of all time. I had intended to publish these over the summer, but I never quite got round to it.
I have now dug out the emails and just for completeness I will list the Spurs fan's list also. Sadly we have very few FA Cup winning goals, and certainly none during my life time, but I suspect that you Addicks out there will enjoy reading my list more than that of the Kent Yid.
Both of these lists have been printed as they were originally written, so you’ll have to excuse the grammar, spelling and language. Also when reading my list please remember that I don’t go to many away games, I have only included goals I actually saw live and I have only been going to watch Charlton since 1980. I’ve also taken out my nickname at work so as to avoid the confusion. NYA, don’t bother to ask as I’m never going to tell you!
The Spurs list:
10. Glen Hoddle v Man U in 1978/79 League Cup match (a beautiful volley from the edge of the box)
9. Glen Hoddle v
8. Glen Hoddle v Watford early eighties, a beautiful chip from the right hand edge of the box straight over the keeper's head (he didn't bother moving)
7. Gary Lineker v
6. Garth Crooks v Wolves 1980 Semi final replay at Highbury. Raced onto a thru ball by (yes you've guessed it, Glen Hoddle) and his sheer speed made the Wolves defence look pedestrian. Then he leathered it into the corner. We were on our way to Wembley..
5.Paul Gascoigne v
4. Micky Hazard v
3. Robbie Keane v
2. Paul Gascoigne v Arsenal at Wembley in the 1991 semi. free kick from somewhere outside the stadium and thrashed it past Seaman - 1:0 and we're on our way to Wembley (again)
1. Ricky Villa v
Kings Hill Addicks all time top ten goals.
10> Carl Leaburn – Southend – March 1993. No Top Ten of Charlton goals would be complete without a Leaburn entry, and this one really does deserve to be here. He accepts the ball on the edge of the box with defenders flying in from all angles. Now if you don’t remember Leaburn he was 6ft 6in, and his legs were about 6ft 2in. Thus he looked gangly to say the last. Almost all of his goals came from his head, apart from a back heel fully four feet in the air (but this was a bit lucky). Anyway as the defenders fly in he turns the ball from his right to his left, back to his right, back to his left, then again he turned the ball onto his right and slots home our second goal in what turns out to be a 2-0 win. It was away, and I actually went. The goal was not so magnificent, but it seemed like ages that he controlled the ball at his feet before he scored.
9> Andy Jones –
8> Alex Dyer –
7> Alan Pardew – Southend – April 1994. The day the East Stand opened. We managed to fall 3-1 behind, then at 3-2 Pardew picked up the ball just inside his own half and proceeded to run all the way to the Southend penalty area where he chipped the keeper to make it 3-3. He also scored our fourth goal, to ensure our comeback, but it was his first goal that makes it into the Kings Hill Addick’s Top Ten.
6> Shaun Newton –
5> Scott Parker –
4> Paul Mortimer –
3> Shaun Bartlett –
2> Tahar El Karkouri – Arsenal – January 2005. Free Kick. Even though the goal was scored at the valley it was taken from somewhere deep inside a house in
1> Paul Mortimer –
Robert Lee - Newcastle - September 1988 We went down to ten men and were losing into injury time, and the ball seems to drop in front of Robert Lee about 25 yards out, and he just whacks it through the bodies in the box and it takes a couple of slight deflections and it’s 2-2.
Jason Euell - Arsenal - Nov 2001 We were in 3-1 in front, and Jensen played a ball behind the famous back four, and Jason ran on to it and took it wide and slotted it home. Not a magnificent strike, but he looked that day like a proper striker. Ian Rush would have been proud of that goal. And of course it was Charlton’s 4th (that’s FOURTH) goal at Highbury. Which is nice.
Richard Rufus - Sunderland - May 1998 After over 300 appearances Rufus waited until the 86th minute to score our equaliser at Wembley. He was the best Centre Half the club has ever had, and it was a crying shame when he had to retire at 28. And the goal couldn’t have been scored at a better time. Fantastic!