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Addicks To Reimburse Fans
Charlton Athletic captain Johnnie Jackson has promised fans who witnessed his side’s 5-0 drubbing away at Huddersfield that the players will reimburse the cost of their match tickets.
166 supporters made the Tuesday night trip from the Valley to the John Smith’s Stadium, with adult tickets priced at £23 each.
The Addicks’ interim boss Karel Fraeye failed to fulfil his post-match media duties, leaving goalkeeper Steven Henderson to give his thoughts on the defeat.
“As you can imagine I think the lads are lower than they have ever been in their careers right now.” Henderson said.
“I feel numb and a few players are unable to speak. It’s a position I’ve not been in before and that’s all I can say.
“I’d like to apologise to our travelling fans. I know they think I won’t mean it, but the real fans will know I genuinely want to apologise for that shocking performance.”
The loss left Charlton on a winless run of nine Championship games and Fraeye has since been replaced by Jose Riga.
Woe For Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers were dealt a blow in their bid to raise funds ahead of their court date with HMRC when the sale of Mark Davies to Sheffield Wednesday collapsed.
The 27-year-old midfielder was on the brink of a cut-price £700,000 switch to Hillsborough before Wednesday withdrew from the deal.
And Bolton boss Neil Lennon was far from happy with the situation.
“We’re not very happy about it at all,” He told the Bolton News.
“From our point of view we were told the move was called off on medical grounds – but he never had a medical.
“We lost him for two games. It dragged on and then Sheffield Wednesday pulled out.”
The Trotters have since contacted the Football League about Wednesday’s conduct in the matter.
Randall Heads To Barnet
Former Chesterfield midfielder Mark Randall has left MK Dons to join League Two side Barnet.
The former Arsenal prospect had not featured for the Dons this season, despite signing a two-year contract with the option of another year at the Stadium:mk outfit at the back end of 2014.
The 27-year-old, who will team up with ex-Spireite Sam Togwell at the Hive, was cleared of sexual assault in November 2015 after Dons manager Karl Robinson and a number of first-team players gave evidence in court to clear his name following an incident at a night club.
Chaos At Orient
Leyton Orient president Francesco Becchetti has been handed a six-match stadium ban and fined £40,000 by the FA after being found guilty of violent conduct.
The 49-year-old Italian’s punishment relates to an incident on Boxing Day after Orient’s 3-2 home win against Portsmouth, when television pictures showed him taking a kick at assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler on the pitch after the final whistle.
While Orient claimed that the incident was part of “an ongoing good-natured exchange between the two over the past few weeks”, an FA statement read: “Francesco Becchetti will serve a six-match stadium ban after a charge of violent conduct against him was found proven, following an independent regulatory commission hearing.
“The suspension has been stayed pending any decision regarding an appeal.”
Gills Stretch Their Legs
Gillingham players were spotted stretching their legs during the long journey to Doncaster with a kickabout at Blyth service station.
Congestion had added an additional 30 minutes to the League One high-flyers’ journey, and the players resorted to a game of keepy-uppy in the car park to relieve any aches and pains from the 200-mile trip.
But the extra practice didn’t pay off as the Gills squandered a two-goal lead to hand a resurgent Doncaster a share of the spoils.