10-Aug 22:57, by E17 Addick

John Bunyan was a Preacher and Writer best remembered for the novel Pilgrims Progress. In his hymn ‘To Be a Pilgrim’ the first line is ‘He who would Valiant be ?’ Our man from the East investigates a mutual team that covers a selection of Valiant Pilgrims who have played for both Charlton and Plymouth.


David Button. Capped by England up to Under 20 level remarkably David went on loan from Spurs 12 times and only played for the White Hart Lane club once as a late substitute at Doncaster in the League Cup in 2009. He spent 2010/11 at Home Park on loan and played 30 times. When he finally left Tottenham in 2012 he spent as a season with the Addicks before moving on to Brentford and Fulham.
Other options would have been a choice of not one but two Eire International Goalkeepers Noel Dwyer or Mick Kearns.


Right back . Gary Poole . Gary was very unlucky with injuries at the Valley after signing from Birmingham in 1996 and retired in 1999 technically as a Premier League player. Earlier in his career he spent the 1992/93 season at Home Park after joining the Pilgrims from Barnet.

Left Back . Tareiq Holmes-Dennis . Current Portsmouth loanee from Huddersfield , Tareiq is a graduate of the Addicks Academy . He spent the second half of 2014/15 season with Argyle on loan from Charlton and actually played in the league for Plymouth before his Addicks debut .

Centre Backs . Dave Shipperley . Dave played one game for Argyle on loan from Charlton in 1974/75 just before he joined Gillingham.

Jack Oakes . Jack was 41 when he played in the 1946 FA Cup Final. He didn’t play in the Addicks victory a year later and at 42 he moved to Home Park for his last season in the Football League .
Another defensive option was Lindsay Smith .


Right Midfield .Mark Robson Mark started at Exeter and moved to Spurs he was often injured and sent out on loan. He had a spell at Home Park in 1989 . He came to Charlton via West Ham and a Premier League promotion .He made 105 league appearances as an Addick between 1993 and 1997. He later coached at Charlton.

Centre Midfield. 1920’s star Scotsman Alexander Hardie played seven seasons for Plymouth between 1926 and 1933 playing 241 times after signing from Charlton.
Dean Parrett. Current Wimbledon midfielder Dean had loan spells at both clubs during 2010/11 whilst a Tottenham player.

Left Midfield. Mark Stuart . Not many players can claim to score the winner at Old Trafford
on their first visit there . Mark did for Charlton in 1986. He moved on to Plymouth a year later.
Other options were David Campbell and Hugh McAuley


Bradley Wright- Phillips. Son of England International Ian Wright, Bradley was Chris Powell’s first signing for Charlton from Plymouth when he first took over as manager in January 2011. He had joined Argyle 18 months earlier following his release from Southampton. He is currently playing for New York Red Bull.
Garry Nelson. A fans favourite at every club he played at and an accomplished published author. Garry played 74 times for Argyle between 1985-1987. He moved on to Brighton. He joined Charlton aged 30 in 1991 and had an amazing Indian summer to his career . He signed whilst the Addicks were at Upton Park and was part of the team that moved back to the Valley. He left Charlton for another Devon club Torquay in 1996 after narrowly missing out on the Play-Offs.
Other options would have been Leon Clarke, Paul Hayes and Lee Power.

My Team:

GK David Button , RB Gary Poole ,LB Tareiq Holmes-Dennis , CB Dave Shipperley, CBJack Oakes , RM Mark Robson , CM Alexander Hardie , CM Dean Parrett LM Mark Stuart ST Bradley Wright-Phillips , ST Garry Nelson.

Lennie Lawrence was a Caretaker Manager at Plymouth before he came to Charlton so he can manage them. He succeeded former Addicks player Malcolm Allison . Big Mal can assist him .


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