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Charlton Athletic - Premier League (2010-11)
« on: July 05, 2010, 01:23:30 PM »
Kim comes home

The Charlton women's team have announced the return of Kimberley Dixson as their first signing of the season, a move which manager Paul Mortimer believes is a 'statement of intent' on behalf of both parties.

Dixson started her career with the Addicks and went on to captain them from 2007-2009, before moving back into the Premier League National Division with Watford.

Things didn't quite work out for the 22-year-old, though, after injury halted her progress and Mortimer jumped at the chance to bring her back to her childhood club.

A delighted Mortimer said: "Make no mistake about it, we have signed a proper footballer. She epitomises what we want here and it is fabulous to have her back. She is a good player and will galvanise everyone.

"She knows I want us to be the team to beat this year and it is a statement of intent for us and for her. We both want to be successful and the best way to do that is to have the best players."

Dixson has represented England at U23 level and will bring a wealth of experience to the Charlton side, as well as more of an attacking threat.

"The issue [last season] was going forward and Kim will add value to that because she scored a lot of goals early in the season the year before," Mortimer added.

On her brief tenure at Watford, he continued: "I felt for her a little bit because she deserved better. No one sees the amount of work she puts in.

"When she was here you were always having to hold her back so I know how much work she has put in and she is going to get herself fit.

"Watford didn't see the best of her, which is a huge shame because she has the ability to step on and go and play up without a doubt. There are very few better than her when she is fit and raring to go and we hope that is here."

Dixson, who is just three games short of a half-century of appearances for Charlton and has seven goals to her name, was equally pleased to be returning, saying: "[Charlton] is where my heart is so I couldn't really turn them down.

"I trained with them last year and still spoke to Paul a lot so it was just natural to return really. [At Watford], going all that way just to see the physio wasn't the best thing for me and Paul knew I wasn't enjoying it there."

Having kept close ties with the clubs while she was away, Dixson followed their progress last season, adding: "They started off badly but got better as the season went on.

"Hopefully we can start where they left off and carry it on throughout the season. There isn't anyone in the league we fear, they beat most teams last season so I don't see why we can't this year."

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Re: Charlton Athletic - Premier League (2010-11)
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2010, 11:41:59 AM »
Women set pre-season schedule

With the start of the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division in just over a month's time, the Charlton women's team have been busy arranging friendlies in order to give their players the best pre-season preparation possible.

First up for the Addicks is a summer sharpener against Ebbsfleet United on Thursday, July 15th, before a local derby against Millwall the following Sunday.

The two South-East Londoners' reserve sides will take to the Sparrows Lane pitch before the first teams then do battle.

The Millwall clash is the first of four against Premier League National Division sides, with last year's Southern League winners Barnet lined up on Sunday, July 25.

Sandwiched in between is a midweek match against South East Combination side Enfield Town on Thursday, July 22.

Thursday, July 29 sees yet another National Division team travel to New Eltham as new signing Kimberley Dixson's former side Watford come to town.

Combination side Norwich City travel to Sparrows Lane for a reserve and first team double header on Sunday, August 8th.

The last warm-up game for Paul Mortimer's side is the visit of a National League team in Reading on Sunday, August 15th - a week before the first league fixture.

To add to the Millwall and Norwich games, Charlton's reserves have three friendlies penciled in so far; at home to Maidstone (Sunday, July 25th) and Gillingham (Sunday, August 1st) and an away trip to Ashford Town (Sunday, August 22nd).

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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2010, 12:56:26 AM »
Women snap up Whitstable pair

The Charlton women's team have signed two players from coastal side Whitstable Town after snapping up goalkeeper Emily Hayward and midfielder Lucy Harrington.

The pair become permanent fixtures after completing a successful trial period with the club at the end of last season.

Reserves manager Sean Higgins was happy with the arrival of the duo, stating: "It's a bigger structure here than they were used to previously but they have acclimatised well."

Hayward, 17, welcomed her new environment, commenting: "Everyone is so focused and pushing each other."

Harrington, 19, is also impressed with the attitude of the other players, adding: "Everyone is so committed and no one is negative. Whitstable only usually got six or seven turn out to training. Here it is a bigger set up with more players."

Higgins originally spotted the players when Charlton played Whitstable last season in the Kent Cup and despite the Addicks' comfortable 10-0 win, he recalled: "Their mentality stood out among their teammates.

"Emily pulled off some brilliant saves and was very brave and committed - I was impressed with that. She is a good shot-stopper. Lucy is very determined and tenacious, she continued to fight and battle and refused to give up - desire and winning mentality are important at this level."

He continued: "At any level of football you should never give up, especially at the top. If you go a goal or two down you have to have that faith and confidence in your ability to turn things around.

"Playing against some of the bigger sides next year we could go a goal or two down and I'll expect passion and desire from the girls, to hopefully turn things around and retrieve something from the game."

Both players featured as the reserves drew 1-1 in a pre-season friendly against Millwall Lionesses on Sunday.

Higgins said: "Lucy got on after two minutes because of an injury at right-back and did really well. Then we pushed her on into midfield for the second half. Emily played the second half but didn't have much to do. Millwall only had one shot on goal in the game and that was in the first half."

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Re: Charlton Athletic - Premier League (2010-11)
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2010, 01:00:58 AM »
New base at Bayliss

The Charlton women's team will play their home matches in the 2010/11 season at Bayliss Avenue, home of Ryman League side Thamesmead Town.

The ground is closer to the heart of Charlton's supporting heartland than Erith Stadium, which was used by the Addicks last term, and is currently being renovated.

Charlton technical director Paul Mortimer is delighted with the move, saying: "Bayliss Avenue has everything that we need, and I am really looking forward to moving there.

"I had never been to the stadium before last Sunday, so I didn't know what to expect. But the pitch, which is the most important thing in my eyes, looks absolutely fantastic.

"In some ways the ground is still a work in progress - they have this new bit of stadium and clubhouse they are building - but that isn't a problem for us," he added.

The venue switch is also a positive step in Charlton's bid to attract more supporters to watch the team as the Addicks aim to gain promotion to the Premier League National Division.

Mortimer said: "The ground isn't too far away, it's in a great catchment area for us in terms of getting people through the door to come and watch."

Thamesmead manager Keith McMahon was equally thrilled, saying: "We have Sporting Club Thamesmead being built at the moment, and we are building up a good partnership with Charlton."

The link with the Addicks will also be a golden opportunity for the club to progress their own ladies' team.

"It is good for the club, because it will highlight ladies football within Thamesmead as well," added McMahon.

"We have an U16 ladies side, and Paul is keen to have a friendly with them which will be great for the progression of our players because they will see what they should be aspiring to be."

Agreeing with McMahon, Mortimer said: "I know they have girls' sides and I am looking to play against them so we can create as many positive links as possible."

Mortimer was sad to be leaving Erith Stadium after just a year, but admitted the switch had to be done for the benefit of the club's players and supporters.

"I can't knock Erith, but there were things that weren't quite right about it. It is always difficult when you have a pitch with a running track around it because everything is so far away," he explained.

"The good thing about Thamesmead is that we can now get some centre of excellence girls down to be ball girls and mascots. It was difficult to do that at Erith because none of them lived in the area."

Charlton's pre-season build up is going well. In their first friendly against Ebbsfleet United, the Addicks ran out 3-1 winners with goals from Pam McRoberts, Grace Coombs and Kimberley Dixson, who rejoined the club over the summer.

Last Sunday, they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Millwall, with Gemma Bryan netting against her former club. The reserves drew 1-1 with their Millwall counterparts with Jessica Creighton finding the back of the net.

On Thursday evening, the Addicks were 4-1 winners against Enfield Town, with Jenny Newman netting a brace. Carrie-Anne Layton and Sam Rowland, the latter scoring first senior goal, were also on target.

On Sunday, Charlton face Barnet (3pm) 24 hours after Phil Parkinson's men also take on the Bees in friendly action, while the reserves play Maidstone (1pm). Both matches will take place at Sparrows Lane.

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Re: Charlton Athletic - Premier League (2010-11)
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2010, 01:03:54 AM »
Three in the Bar-net

Kim Dixson's brace and a Toni Alden free-kick helped the Charlton women's team defeat Premier League outfit Barnet 3-0 at Sparrows Lane on Sunday.

Dixson opened the scoring deep into the first half, Gemma Bryan laying the ball in from the left to Pam McRoberts to tee up Dixson, who fired home from 25 yards.

The goal was a just reward for the pressure and attacking style of play the Addicks had adopted. Dixson's effort was the 14th on goal that half against Barnet's five.

Charlton started the second half in much the same way, and 15 minutes in Dixson struck again, this time taking a touch from Kristina Manteklow's pass from the right, then curling an exquisite shot with her left foot into the top corner.

Barnet surged forward to get something from the game but their tempers flailed in the midday heat and after the Addicks had absorbed the visitors attacking threat, Alden stepped up to take a free kick from 20 yards out on the right flank.

Her inswinging left-footed effort hung dangerously in the penalty area, and although two Charlton attackers got close to nudging it in, the effort didn't need their guidance and it landed comfortably in the far corner.

Addicks technical director Paul Mortimer said afterwards: "It is still only pre-season but the balance looked really well today. They're beginning to see it - we've got the makings of a very good side - the girls need to believe it.

"It was a good performance and we want to take it in to next game - when you look at top teams - they don't get beat."

Happy with the recently-returned Dixson's performance he added: "Kim can shoot and is accurate - on the edge is where we want her passing Gemma Bryan in or shooting - creating because she's a creative player."

Mortimer's side are next in action on Thursday (8pm) when they host Premier League Watford at Sparrows Lane.

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Re: Charlton Athletic - Premier League (2010-11)
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2010, 01:21:51 PM »
Charlton Women need to provide back-up for Gemma

Charlton Women’s Technical Director Paul Mortimer is looking to follow Barnet’s example as he plots how to get the Lady Addicks back into the Premier League National Division.

http://www.givemefootball.com/womens-football/charlton-women-need-to-provide-back-up-for-gemma

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Re: Charlton Athletic - Premier League (2010-11)
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2010, 03:58:02 PM »
Clifford receives England call

Charlton women's team midfielder Charley Clifford received the perfect boost in the week leading up to the start of the 2010/11 season when she was called up to the England U19 squad.

The Gravesend-born player will attend a training camp in Manchester this week.

Clifford, who turned 17 in February and progressed through the Charlton girls' centre of excellence, established herself in the Addicks' first team last season, her first senior campaign.

A tall, strong central midfielder who reads the game well and has great vision and passing skill, Clifford has impressed in Charlton's pre-season fixtures and fully merits her call-up having originally been placed on standby.

England play matches against both Denmark and the Republic of Ireland in a challenge tournament during the training camp, and the young Addicks player will be hoping to make her international bow.

The Addicks play their opening league match of the season against Gillingham at Thamesmead Town's Bayliss Avenue ground on Sunday (2pm).

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Re: Charlton Athletic - Premier League (2010-11)
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2010, 05:49:40 PM »
FYI Charlton women now have a new website, which will keep fans up to date with new, match reports, etc and will have a season preview with Paul Mortimer tomorrow... and well done to Charley for her England call up, very well deserved!!

http://www.cafcwomen.co.uk/

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Re: Charlton Athletic - Premier League (2010-11)
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2010, 03:43:25 AM »
... and well done to Charley for her England call up, very well deserved!!

http://www.cafcwomen.co.uk/

Although she was a late call-up to the squad, Charley got some playing time in both the tournament games.

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Re: Charlton Athletic - Premier League (2010-11)
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2010, 06:34:52 PM »
Addicks defeated on opening day

The Charlton women's team was left to rue missed chances and a superb goalkeeping display from Becky Spencer as Kent rivals Gillingham clinched a 1-0 victory at Bayliss Avenue on Sunday.

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Re: Charlton Athletic - Premier League (2010-11)
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2010, 11:40:14 PM »
Off to the Dragon's Den
Report by Sue Prior

Both Women's teams travel to Wales to face Cardiff City this Sunday in a League Double Header

Technical Director Paul Mortimer welcomes back midfielders Emma Tune and Charley Clifford into the 1st team squad. Tune has just returned from representing Great Britain in the World Student Futsal Championships whilst Clifford was unavailable for least weeks disappointing cup defeat at Brighton due to family commitments.

Sixteen year old Felicity Gibbons who made her senior debut last week coming on as a late substitute keeps her place in the squad and will be looking for a bit more of the action this week.

Missing from the squad will be full-back Yasmin Poole who is ruled out with ankle and wrist injuries.

Reserve Team Manager Sean Higgins and his team are looking forward to the challenge of playing in the FA Women's Premier League Reserve South Division One following their promotion last season.

Abigail Igbavboa and Ellie Bailes, with the 1st team last week, are with the Reserves for their opening fixture to get some match time.
 
The team will see a number of league debuts with Shakira Day and Ellie Manning moving up from last season Centre of Excellence Under 16's and Emily Hayward and Lucy Harrington having signed for the Addicks from Whitstable Town.

The match details are as follows:-
1st team v Cardfiff City - Cardiff International Sports Stadium, Leckwith Road, Leckwith, Cardiff, CF11 8AZ  - KO 2pn
Reserves v Cardiff City Reserves - University of Wales Playing Fields, Mendip Road, Llanrumney, Cardiff, CF3 4JN - KO 2pm

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Re: Charlton Athletic - Premier League (2010-11)
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2010, 03:19:39 AM »
Addicks win it for Charley

Report by Dan Bream

Charlton 2-0 Cardiff City

The Addicks dedicated their first league victory of the season to 17-year-old midfielder Charley Clifford who was taken to hospital after a nasty clash of heads just before half-time.

Charlton began the match at Cardiff International Sports Stadium brightly after a delayed kick-off due to a mix-up over match officials and Kimberley Dixson fired in an early effort which Cardiff`s Welsh International keeper Rhian Noakes saved well.

After 8 minutes the Addicks were awarded a penalty after an innocuous looking challenge by keeper Noakes on striker Gemma Bryan who confidently fired home the spot kick for her first goal of the season.

Shortly after, a dangerous looking corner from Grace Coombs skimmed off the head of a Cardiff defender before being cleared to safety.

The home side pushed forward in search of an equaliser and Addicks full-back Pam McRoberts did well to clear a free-kick before Cardiff full-back Amie Lea blasted a long range effort well over the target.

Charlton hit back and Bryan set up Coombs but the midfielders effort flew over the crossbar. A quick Addicks break then saw Dixson set up Kristina Manktelow who fired narrowly wide of the far post.

A snapshot from Cardiff`s Nicola Cousins went well wide of the target before the Addicks won a corner which was well cleared by Cardiff centre-half Terri Beddows.

A powerful run from Bryan then saw the striker shoot narrowly wide before a Toni Alden free-kick was headed clear by Cardiff`s Sophie Ingle.

Cardiff pushed forward again and centre-back Katie Flack made a timely clearance before Addicks keeper Megan made a great fingertip save pushing Natasha Harding`s effort over the bar.

The Addicks then suffered a blow when England Under-19 International Charley Clifford was forced to leave the field after a clash of heads in midfield.

After several minutes stoppage in play the Addicks were soon back in action. On 44 minutes Manktelow outpaced the home defence and sent Bryan clear. The striker looked up and pulled back an inch perfect pass to Kim Dixson who coolly slotted the ball past keeper Noakes to extend the Addicks lead.

After the break the Addicks were quickly on the attack and Coombs and Dixson were both guilty of missing one on one chances.

Cardiff`s Cousins was then booked for a late tackle on Dixson before Stef Simmons brought a good save from keeper Noakes.

A quick break from Bryan saw her link up well with Dixson whose goalbound strike was deflected
over the bar. Centre-half Becky Duggan headed the resulting corner narrowly wide.

Good defending by Charlton then forced Zoe Atkins to shoot well over from long range.

A great cross on the run from Simmons was then cut out by Beddows. Coombs flag-kick was punched clear by keeper Noakes and although Dixson latched on to the rebound her shot was blocked.

Bryan then pulled a shot wide with the goal begging before Noakes saved from Ciara Sherwood.
Full-back Toni Alden then went close with a header.

Cardiff pressed for a late consolation with Ingle firing wide before Addicks keeper Megen Lynch confidently claimed a high lobbed shot in the final action of the game.

Charlton: Lynch, McRoberts, Alden, Dixson, Duggan, Flack, Sherwood (Tune 85mins), Coombs, Manktelow (Gibbons 86mins), Bryan, Clifford (Simmons 43)

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Re: Charlton Athletic - Premier League (2010-11)
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2010, 01:24:43 PM »
Thanks are due to the Cardiff Ladies officials, their Leckwith Stadium colleagues and the local ambulance/hospital staff for their prompt attention to our Charley's potentially serious head injury. I've been at many games where the injured player, whether it be a broken bone or a head injury, has had to wait ages for treatment and transport. Thankfully she was judged sufficiently OK after hospital treatment to return to London later in the day and is well on her way to recovery.