Charlton Athletic struck a wildly late blow to clinch the final place in the 2019-20 Football League Championship, defeating Sunderland 2-1 in Sunday’s promotion playoff at Wembley Stadium.
A stoppage time free kick in a cagey affair led to a scrum in the box, with Patrick Bauer sliding to strike a shot off a Sunderland defender and into the goal.
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The goal came at the 3:55 mark of four minutes stoppage time, and was the 26-year-old defender’s first goal of the season.
Ben Purrington had leveled the score line for Charlton after Sunderland went ahead via an early own goal. The Addicks were relegated from the Championship after the 2015-16 season, while Sunderland went down last year.
It had to feel extra special to manager Lee Bowyer, who played with Sunderland local rivals Newcastle United from 2003-06.
On Tuesday Charlton Athletic will honor lifelong fan Keith Palmer who was killed in the Westminster terrorist attack on March 22.
Palmer, 48, was stabbed to death by the sole attacker as he tried to stop him entering British Parliament when working for the Metropolitan Police on Parliamentary and Diplomatic command.
PC Palmer was a season ticket holder at third-tier Charlton for many years and the club described him as a “loyal supporter” and “a familiar face at The Valley to many.”
The Addicks host MK Dons in a League One clash and the south London club are hosting Palmer’s family as well as planning many acts of remembrance following his tragic death.
22 of Palmer’s colleagues will join players from both teams on the pitch before the game for a moment of silence, while Charlton’s players will wear his warrant number on their jersey and a red and white scarf has been draped over his season-ticket seat for the remainder of the current campaign.
Here’s more from Charlton on what is planned for the evening as Keith’s brother will lead the two teams out at The Valley.
Members of Charlton’s coaching staff will wear specially-made armbands for the game and, as previously announced, Addicks players will wear a special shirt that will be emblazoned with hero Keith’s Police warrant number, ‘P204752’, in tribute. The club will be donating 50 per cent of all ticket sales to Keith’s family, while the players will also be donating the entirety of their match appearance fees.
A red and white scarf had remained draped over his season-ticket seat in the East Stand and the red seat has now been temporarily replaced by a white seat, which bears his warrant number and will stay in place for the remainder of the season. Work will then begin on placing a permanent memorial stone for Keith that will be placed alongside existing memorials behind the Sam Bartram statue at the rear of The Valley’s West Stand.
Birmingham City coach Gianfranco Zola didn’t want to lose Jonathan Spector, but knew the American defender wanted to head home.
Now we know his destination.
Spector, 30, is back in the United States with Orlando City after almost a decade and a half in Europe with Manchester United, Charlton Athletic, West Ham United, and Birmingham City.
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The last six seasons were spent with Birmingham, where he played 179 times for the Championship side.
Spector appeared eight times for Manchester United in 2003 with three of those matches coming in the Premier League. He made 20 PL appearances for Charlton, and 101 more for West Ham.
It’s a big pickup for Orlando. We just wish it would’ve happened in time for Spector to join USMNT camp.
Pigs in the Valley is neither a new concessions item at Charlton Athletic, nor a Pink Floyd B-side.
Nope, it’s reality at The Valley, home of Charlton, as fans of both the hosts and Coventry City have tossed hundreds of plastic pink pigs on the field in protest of ownership. The supporters also had a joint march to the stadium.
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The match was held up for more than a handful of minutes, as documented by Charlton broadcaster Louis Mendez on Twitter.
You never like to see matches held up, but also have to admit it’s a clever and eye-catching protest.
Liverpool have completed the club’s fourth signing of the summer as 18-year-old Joe Gomez pens a five-year contract after completing a move from Charlton Athletic.
With a fee reportedly in the vicinity of $5.5 million, Gomez is a versatile defender who can play across the entire back line, something he displayed during his 21 appearances for Charlton this past season, although he appears to favor either a left-sided center-back or a right-back spot.
“It’s a dream come true,” Gomez told Liverpool’s official website. “It’s a bit surreal and it hasn’t really hit me yet, but I’m buzzing and just excited to get started. The club has got great history and it’s a great club, and one that I’ve always been following from when I was young. The style of football and the top players here was somewhere that I wanted to go and get better and learn, and play good football. It was an easy decision.”
The youngster played every minute of the 2014 U-17 Euros that England won, finding himself in the UEFA team of the tournament. He has since made four appearances for the U-19 team that narrowly missed out on a U-19 Euro finals appearance.
While Gomez signed a three-year contract extension with Charlton last season, many are reporting that his fee triggered a release clause and his club had no choice but to sell. “I’ve been here since I was 10 years old and it’s been a great experience,” Gomez said. “[Charlton has] always looked after me and I will always be grateful.”
Gomez is the fourth signing of a busy summer for Liverpool, joining James Milner, Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan as new faces at Anfield. Brendan Rodgers has plenty of personnel decisions to make, with a host of players returning from loan spells too. Luis Alberto had his two-year loan at Malaga cancelled after one failed season, and Sebastian Coates could return from his loan spell at Sunderland if he doesn’t secure a permanent transfer.