Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Yorkies

I’m pleased to announce the inaugural New York Addick awards (hereafter referred to as the ‘Yorkies’). The Yorkies aim to be somewhat controversial, whilst highlighting the achievements of the underappreciated, as well as occasionally bringing some egos down a peg or two.

Yorkie for Most Unfairly Maligned Individual: Nominations: Neil Warnock, Stewart Downing, Emile Heskey, Joey Barton, Kevin Davies. Yorkie Awarded To: Neil Warnock - his myriad of excuses mask an excellent recent managerial record.

Yorkie for Most Overrated Premiership Player: Nominations: Aaron Lennon, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Young. Yorkie Awarded To: Aaron Lennon - living proof of the dangers of spending too much time under Sven Goran Eriksson's influence.

Yorkie for Most Underrated Premiership Player: Nominations: Dirk Kuyt, Emmanuel Adebayor, Ivan Campo, Robbie Savage, Brian McBride. Yorkie Awarded To: Brian McBride - an American version of a good old-fashioned English striker. The ex-Everton striker that Charlton should have signed.

Yorkie for Manager of the Season: Nominations: Roy Keane, Geraint Williams, Steve Coppell, Brian Laws, Nigel Adkins. Yorkie Awarded To: Roy Keane - you don't have to like the bloke to acknowledge his unbelievable achievement.

Yorkie for Most Overrated Manager: Nominations: Jose Mourinho, Martin Jol, Alan Curbishley, Peter Taylor, Martin O'Neill. Yorkie Awarded To: Martin O'Neill - suddenly two League Cups and countless Scottish titles don't appear all that they once seemed.

Yorkie for Free Transfer Charlton Should Snap Up: Nominations: Henrik Pedersen, Trevor Sinclair, Julian Gray, Richard Wright, Titus Bramble. Yorkie Awarded To: Henrik Pedersen - big strong and direct - can fight it out with Iwelumo for the target man's berth.

Yorkie for Most Influential Charlton Player Since 2000/01: Nominations: Dean Kiely, Scott Parker, Chris Powell, Luke Young, Claus Jensen - Yorkie Awarded To: Scott Parker - almost single-handedly took the team onto a new level.

Yorkie for Best Charlton Goal Since 2000/01: Nominations: Claus Jensen (Arsenal, Away), Shaun Bartlett (Leicester, Home), Claus Jensen (Man Utd, Home), Jonatan Johansson (West Ham, Home), Kevin Lisbie (Liverpool, Home) - Yorkie Awarded To: Shaun Bartlett - if Rooney or Henry had scored it, MOTD would still be replaying it now.

Yorkie for Best Charlton Match Since 2000/01: Nominations: Man Utd (Home, 3-3), Chelsea (Home, 4-2), Arsenal (Away, 2-4), West Ham (Home, 4-4), Southampton (Away, 3-2) - Yorkie Awarded To: Chelsea (Home, 4-2) - the defining moment in Scott Parker's career.

Yorkie for Worst Charlton Performance Since 2000/01: Nominations: Leeds (Home, 1-6), Liverpool (Home, 0-3), Man City (Home, 0-3), West Ham (Away, 5-0), Wigan (Away, 3-0) - Yorkie Awarded To: Leeds (Home, 1-6) - my sister got married that weekend - was I supposed to look pleased?

Yorkie for Least Influential Charlton Player Since 2000/01 (at least 10 starts): Nominations: Carlton Cole, Kevin Lisbie, Marcus Bent, Dennis Rommedahl, Stephan Andersen - Yorkie Awarded To: Marcus Bent - I've never liked a Charlton player less. One Premiership goal last the 89th minute of a game we'd effectively lost. The living breathing epitome of what has gone wrong with Charlton.

Yorkie for Club I Irrationally Like: Nominations: Arsenal, Bristol Rovers, Norwich, Brighton, Derby - Yorkie Awarded To: Bristol Rovers - must be something to do with that 5-5 draw in the 1970s.

Yorkie for Club I Irrationally Dislike: Nominations: Sunderland, Manchester City, Chelsea, Birmingham, Tottenham - Yorkie Awarded To: Tottenham - I'm worried that I hate them so much, I'm starting to like them (a similar thing happened with my first girlfriend).

Yorkie for Favourite Stadium: Nominations: Villa Park, Upton Park, Underhill, The Hawthorns, Anfield - Yorkie Awarded To: Underhill - the way football should be (though describing it as a 'stadium' may be a step too far).

Yorkie for Least Favourite Stadium: Nominations: Fratton Park, Stamford Bridge, Loftus Road, Selhurst Park, Kenilworth Road - Yorkie Awarded To: Stamford Bridge - utterly charmless.


At 8:22 AM, Blogger charlton north-downs said...

Underhill, What a stadium, I have actually played there in goal,for the South East London Amateur League against North London league in a cup-final and won 2-1 after a replay. The first match was at Bromley 2-2 draw.The slope at Underhill was something else and the pitch had about two blades of grass.
Parker, the best player I have seen at the Valley and I have been a supporter for over 40 years.

At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Bob Miller said...

Regarding your choice for the worst match ever; Charlton 1 - Leeds 6. That was the chosen fixture for the annual trip over from Canada. We had a great visit, wonderful hospitality and then two hours of dire misery. An old guy beside us said three words X 6 all afternoon: "Bloody Fucking Hell!"

At 6:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 games i missed Liverpool 3-3 & Charlton 1- Leeds 6, the 1st result i wish i'd seen the infamous Lisbie hat trick. As plane was taxing along Malaga airport a scream came from back of the plane from man who turned out to be a Charlton fan punching the air screaming out the result the second thank god i wasn't there! the Leeds shocker luckily i was in Thailand so was otherwise distracted! i agree with your best game 4 Chelsea victories in a row don't think we'll achieve that again!


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