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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Charlton 6 Southampton 2

Whilst checking out the UEFA stuff on Thursday, to see how Spurs, Blackburn and Newcastle got on, I noticed that little Espanyol, the 2nd Barcelona club, scored 6 against the Dutch giants Waregem.

Its not often that Espanyol score 6 and in the papers the following morning we were told that its been 50 years since they did it back in 1956.

Got me to thinking - when was the last time the Addicks put 6 past someone? There's been lots of 4's and 5's but a Big Six, when was that? Thought it would raise the spirits on what could be a difficult day, and as I couldn't remember, I searched the records across much happier years, and not so good ones come to that, to look for it.

Well, it was back on Friday, (!) 24th Sept 1976, 30 years ago back in the old Second Division. In front of a grand turnout of 9,710 fans we scored 6 against Southampton with 2 goals from both Mike Flanagan and Killer with Richie Bowman and Colin Powell getting the others. We were 2 goals up after 12 minutes with Flanagan scoring both, 4-1 at half-time and Killer completed the rout in the 90th minute. And that was the very season that we put 4 past Chelsea at Easter Monday and another 4 past Blackburn and a 5 past Burnley. Happy Days, indeed.

In fact Friday was a good day back in those days, we played 8 of them at home that season and won 7, drawing the other!

On a more worrying note, it was also the season when we sold our goal-scoring legend, and biggest asset, Killer Hales to Derby for only £330,000 just before Christmas after he had scored 16 times in 16 games.........

Anyway, enough of past reminiscences, back to 2006 and cold harsh reality!

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