clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Match Preview: Charlton Athletic v Undefeated Table Topping Bolton Wanderers

Parky and the lads head down to that there London hoping for another three points as we march to glory

Charlton Athletic v Northampton Town - Sky Bet League One Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images

So on Saturday Bolton Wanderers take their 100% record - the last remaining 100% record in the Football League, may I remind you - to Charlton Athletic.

Charlton were of course relegated alongside Wanderers last season and endured a similarly tumultuous campaign where on-field strife was equalled by off-field shenanigans.

Three managers came and went (Guy Luzon, until October, Karel Fraeye until January and Jose Riga until May) under the charge of Belgian fruitcake Roland Duchâtelet and his minions - including the phenomenally unpopular chief exec Katrien Meire. Supporter protests included marches, demonstrations and pitch invasions - though to no avail as the much-hated leadership remains in power.

The Summer months saw an influx of players into the club, including striker Nicky Ajose, formerly of Bury, who performed so well for Swindon Town last season in League One. Other notable names include Football Manager icon Lee Novak, Josh Magennis from Kilmarnock and the delightfully-named Louis-Michel Yamfam who must surely be due a move to Arsenal Fan TV soon. You get me, fam?

An incredible 19 players left the club before a ball had been kicked, the most notable of which included goalkeeper Nick Pope and Icelandic midfielder Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson who both headed to Burnley and the bright lights of the Premier League. I remember those days. Sigh.

Anyway. Charlton find themselves in fifth place following their four games this season, with a record of two wins, a draw and a defeat under their belt.

An opening day loss away to Bury was embarrassing, with further cause for concern being given by the next game which saw them only draw 1-1 with newly promoted Northampton Town. They also went out of the EFL Cup, losing away to Cheltenham Town.

New manager Russell Slade then began to earn some good faith by recording consecutive wins, at home to Shrewsbury Town and then away to Walsall before they welcome Wanderers at the weekend.


I'm not an expert on Charlton (or on much, tbf), but Nicky Ajose is a shrewd signing at this level.

Something of a journeyman, even at the age of 24 - boasting 11 clubs to his name already, including Manchester United and Leeds United - Ajose scored an impressive 24 goals in 38 games for Swindon Town last season, and was a name that I thought might have been linked with Wanderers.

He is definitely one to watch.


I can't see anything other than a continuation of Bolton's good form. Charlton appear to be a club balanced on the edge of a knife. A knife's edge, you might say.

An early goal for the Supers should see the home crowd become more antsy than our own was this past weekend. I fancy us to have that sort of momentum and to take the initiative much in the way that we did in the second half against Fleetwood Town.


Charlton Athletic 1-2 Bolton Wanderers