When Men were Men

If you are a bit bored and depressed today by lockdown and our result last night and – lets face it as a Charlton fan that’s our standard disposition. Cheer yourself up by downloading the ITV Hub, Big Match Revisited from the 70’s. If you go for the advert inclusive version, its completely free.

I spent a very happy 45 mins yesterday watching Palace v Charlton from Dec 1974. It’s a great game bringing back very happy memories. We had 4 YES FOUR proper forwards playing with 2 wingers in Flanagan and Powell with 2 strikers Hales and Horsfield. Ritchie Bowman launching biting tackles in the middle ( what we need NOW !) . Watch out too for Harry Cripps at left back. It was at the end of his career after 20 years with Millwall but he gave everything and scared the opposition.

Watch out in the first minute or so when we get a free kick and Flanagan floats it into their goalie just so that Harry can run straight at him with a forearm smash. That was one of our trademark moves that season to soften up the goalie early on. These days it would be a straight red ——- those were the days !

Bask also in hindsight that the smug Malcolm Allison at the end of the programme was wrong- we got promoted that season and they didn’t

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