Sunday, December 24, 2006

This made me sad

It was hard not to feel a tinge of sadness to learn that our former striker Steve Jones is flogging some CAFC memorabilia on EBay to raise much-needed funds.

Although Jones only made 28 full appearances for the Addicks, they happened to coincide with the famous 1997/98 season. Indeed his role in Charlton folklore was assured with the cross that led to Mendonca's hat-trick goal (pictured) at Wembley.

Despite spending some very limited time in the Premiership (he made 7 starts for Charlton in 98/99), he was a journeyman striker who arrived in the professional game late and would it seem have missed out on the type of riches now enjoyed by our current squad.

However unlike much of our current squad, Jones made up for his obvious lack of raw natural talent with 100% effort and heart, and will leave most fans with fond memories, a late winning goal in the pissing rain at Swindon a particularly vivid one.

It's indicative of our present predicament that the current defilers of our club crest take home tens of thousands of Premiership pounds per week, whilst the players whose genuine efforts got the club there in the first place are resigned to flogging precious memories on Ebay. Good luck Steve.

4 Comments:

At 3:34 PM, Blogger Chicago Addick said...

How true.
I understand from some old Essex mates that Steve Jones' family were gypsies and they lived in a caravan. Apparently Curbs never knew his address but he was always on time for training and a model professional.

Swindon away - lets hope relegation brings back some more great days out like that.

 
At 5:35 PM, Blogger BC Addick said...

Swindon away, now what a day that was! Where you guys part of the "conga" going down the aisles? That time was footy watching at its best and now I am a million miles away I am so glad I was part of it. Steve Jones was a hero cos the guy did try his hardest. Most of the crop we got now would benefit from watching some of those games and realise these guys did for the sake of their team. I have never been so sick as an addicks fan.

 
At 7:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wake up New York Addick! whats your take on breaking news-Alan Pardew is the new manager

 
At 11:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The highest bidder for Steve Jones' shirt currently seems to be someone who professionally buys memorabilia. I can't run to £75 this soon after Christmas, but it would be nice to see this shirt go to a Charlton fan. Anyone?

 

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