Friday 9 March 2012

One For Sorrow

The lovely Jenny Hanley

The mention of Magpies takes me back to my youth and ITV’s answer to Blue Peter. Magpie was always the poor relation to B P save for one aspect. For me, Jenny Hanley was well worth watching over Valerie Singleton, whatever Peter Purves might say !

I did see the lovely Jenny on HMS Belfast one day when she was doing a “ piece “ for Magpie. If only she spotted me and we could have had a Titanic moment a la Winslett and Dicaprio. Mind you I doubt that she’d have felt like doing that given I was a spotty youth and she was considerably older !

It’s the Magpies of the footballing variety that come calling to the Valley tomorrow. The Barcodes are the oldest club in the world of course.

Manager Keith Curle took over in mid-February and immediately oversaw 4 straight wins. The magic has obviously worn off now though as they only managed a draw at Tranmere on Tuesday night when they came up against another “ new “ manager in Ronnie Moore.

One person missing from the Magpies team will be that awfully nice chap Lee Hughes. He is serving his final suspension following a surprising red card. He’ll be spending the day giving a lecture on remorse.

Congratulations are in order to Sir Chris on his Manager of the Month award for February. This being his third of the season makes it a record breaking feat for Charlton managers.

One suspects that the Gaffer will stick with the same starting elven and probably bench although changes should be made. I felt on Tuesday that Haynes and Russell should come in for BWP and Stephens and I'm off the same opinion for tomorrow too.

Whatever the team we need to bounce back from Tuesday with a positive result if not performance. We’ve not suffered back to back losses in the league this season and that wouldn’t be welcome now.

Let’s hope we see a return to winning ways.

Come On You Reds !


  1. Not only was she lovely, but her taste in jumpers was second to none!

  2. Al, good point ! As I recall we were all wearing things like that back then. I've got some wonderful photos of me in similar. Of course Jenny looked good in anything.