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Youth team's big night on Wednesday

Brian Caffarey - 16th November 2009

Youth team's big night on Wednesday Charlton Athletic Youth v Woking Youth
FA Youth Cup 2nd Round
7pm on Wednesday 18 November 2009

The Youth Team have done superbly to reach this stage of this prestigious competition and now have a memorable trip to The Valley to take on Charlton Athletic. If they were to beat the Addicks, they would then face Chelsea at Kingfield!! The young Cards would be really grateful for your support at The Valley on Wednesday evening.


The Youth Team have some very promising players in their ranks, including three players who have already made their first team debuts: Ola Sogbanmu (scorer of two goals in Woking’s FA Cup replay win over Hythe Town), keeper Matt Pegler and the skilful Anson Cousins. Two more members of the squad were on the bench at Hendon: lively winger Rob Carr and bustling midfielder Tom Topham. Other players who have shone so far include striker Ollie Palmer and captain and central defender Aaron Gough.

The full squad comprises: Matt Pegler, Ali Turpie, Ben Head, Josh Watkins, Erih Gasasira, Sam Charles, Aaron Gough, Callum Eagle, Josh Frost-Niven, Conor Close, Anson Cousins, Jack Blatchford, Tom Topham, Chris Aldridge, Will Hammond, Rob Carr, Sean Bradley, Hugo Sikuade, Alfred Adjani, Ollie Palmer, Ola Sogbanmu, Jon Couseens, Stefan Dixon, Chris Richards, George Frith

The Addicks youngsters will be keen to avoid the ignominious fate of their first team colleagues, who were knocked out of the FA Cup away to Northwich Victoria a couple of weeks ago.

Charlton have a good record in producing potential first team players through their Academy. One of those who successfully trod that path is our own Harry Arter, who, judging by his form this season, must stand a good chance of reviving his League career. Aswad Thomas too is a product of the Charlton Academy.

Charlton beat Gillingham 3-0 at home in the First Round of the competition.


Woking had to fight their way through four away ties to reach the 1st Round Proper of the competition, where they disposed of Dagenham and Redbridge in an exciting tie at Kingfield, coming back from a one-goal deficit at half-time to deservedly see off their League opponents.

Woking’s results so far in the competition have been:

Worthing 1 Woking 4 (Ola Sogbanmu 3, Chris Aldridge)
FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round
7 September 2009

Tooting and Mitcham United 0 Woking 5 (Ollie Palmer, Anson Cousins 2 (1 pen), Ola Sogbanmu 2)
FA Youth Cup, 1st Qualifying Round
23 September 2009

Molesey 1 Woking 4 (Callum Eagle, Ola Sogbanmu 2, Rob Carr)
FA Youth Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
5 October 2009

Ashford Town (Middx) 2 Woking 2 (Woking won 5-4 on penalties after extra-time) (Rob Carr, Ollie Palmer)
FA Youth Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
21 October 2009

Woking 3 Dagenham and Redbridge 1 (Anson Cousins (pen), Ollie Palmer, Ola Sogbanmu)
FA Youth Cup 1st Round Proper
4 November 2009


The Valley, Floyd Road, Charlton, London SE7 8BL.

Tel: 020-8333 4000

Email: customerservices@cafc.co.uk

The directions on the Charlton Athletic official site are as follows:

By road

By car from the M25
The easiest way to get to The Valley is to use the A2, accessed from junction two of the M25 (those heading south via the M1, A1 or M11 should head clockwise on the M25, signposted 'Dartford Crossing'). Heading into London along the A2, the dual carriageway becomes the A102M - the approach road to the Blackwall Tunnel. Leave at the junction after the A2 exit and take the right-hand exit at the roundabout - the A206 Woolwich Road.

After the major set of traffic lights at Anchor and Hope Lane and Charlton Church Lane, travel around second roundabout and take the last exit to drive back on yourself. Then take the first left into Charlton Lane. Cross the railway line and continue up the road, then right into Harvey Gardens. The stadium is on the left.
Access to Floyd Road and Harvey Gardens is restricted on matchdays.

Via the South Circular
Follow the A205 South Circular Road to Woolwich and turn left into the Woolwich Road at the roundabout for the free ferry. You should then turn left into Charlton Lane and proceed as described above.
From central London: From north of The Thames, take the A102 through the Blackwall Tunnel. Come off at the second junction and take the first exit at the roundabout. Go along the A206 Woolwich Road as above.

By train

Southeastern runs train services to the railway station at Charlton, from central London in the west and north Kent to the east. The station is a short walk from the ground.
Frequent services depart from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge, with limited departures from Victoria and Cannon Street. Some services come through Dartford continue to Charlton, while connections for others can be made at Blackheath, Lewisham and London Bridge.
The Docklands Light Railway from east London connects with rail services from Greenwich and Lewisham to Charlton, while the Jubilee Line underground station at North Greenwich is a short bus ride from The Valley.

£3 for adults, £1 for U16s. Charlton plan to open the Lower West Stand only for this game.

Come on, you Cards!

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