09-Sep 13:19, by E17 Addick

Our man in the East trawls through the connections between the clubs to produce a  mutual team which spans the history of both clubs.

Southend provide a combined eleven which includes two ex-Charlton managers who would be considered club legends. When you consider that the Shrimpers have mainly played in the bottom two Divisions I believe that this is a strong side .


Simon Royce . Not only does he hold the Charlton club record for consecutive clean sheets in the top flight but he also played 149 times for the Shrimpers .

With such a stellar record he sees off a challenge from 70’s custodian Derek Bellotti ,  Jim Stannard whose only appearance for the Addicks resulted in a 4-0 home defeat to Cardiff  , Austrialian stopper Andy Pettersen who made a solitary appearance for the Shrimpers  and 1920’s keepers Tom McKenna and Ted Barnes  .


Right Back Simon Francis . Simon joined Charlton from Southend in 2010 moving on to Bournemouth just over a year later . At Dean Court he has been involved with the Cherries surge to the Premier League . There were strong challenges from Danny O’Shea , Gary Poole and Osei Sankofa.

Left Back  Chris Powell . A legend at the Valley in his three spells as a player and time as manager , Chris actually played more games for Southend. Anthony Barness or Jamie Stuart could provide cover.

Centre Back Leon Cort Guyana International Leon served both clubs with distinction making 137 appearances for Southend between 2001/04 . He was a key member of Chris Powell’s promotion team of 2011/12 and made 48 league appearances for Charlton.

Christian Dailly Christian already had an impressive 67 caps for Scotland when he joined Charlton in 2009 . He won player of the year in his first season . He ended his career at Roots Hall playing three games for the shrimpers in 2012.

Other options were Shane Westley , Dorian Dervite  , David Young and the ex Manchester United duo of Frank Haydock and  Arthur Whalley  .


Right Midfield Mark Gower played a crucial role in the Shrimpers promotion to the Championship in the late 1990’s and later developed into a fine player for Swansea in the Premier League before ending his career at Charlton .

Centre Midfield Seth Plum. Charlton’s first full England international Seth earned his solitary  England cap against France in 1923 . In all he played 47 games for the Addicks as an Amateur between 1922 and 1924 before a move to Second Division Chelsea to enabled him to turn professional .His league career ended with 10 appearances for the Shrimpers in 1927 .

Keith Jones . Keith was a star of Charlton’s play off winning team in 1998 having joined the Addicks from Southend in 1994 after a three year spell at Roots Hall .

Left Midfield Garry Nelson. . A fans favourite at every club he played at and an accomplished published author. Garry started his career at Southend playing 129 times between 1979 and 1983  . 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 Torquay in 1996 after missing out in the Play Offs to the Premier League.

There are also plenty of other midfield options . As well as Ben Reeves we could have selected Chris Barnard ,Dennis Booth ,John Borland , Terry Brisley , Frank Burrill , Nicky Bailey ,Jamal Campbell-Ryce ,Fred Jewhurst , Scott Houghton , Peter Hunt ,  Alan McCormack  , Franck Moussa , Ricky Otto,  Albert Purdy , Lloyd Sam and Tom Wolfe.


Eddie Firmani is considered by many Addicks to be our best ever post war player so he gets the first forward berth. He spent time at Southend in between his second and third playing spell at the Valley So who partners Eddie ?

Henry Allen ,John Borland ,Fred Burrill , Jim Fryatt , Joe Pigott ,Leon Clarke ,Martin Robinson ,Steve Jones , Jason Lee , Dick Upex ,  Derek  Woodley, Steve Smith , Bobby Turnbull ,David Mooney , Tom Wilson and Ernie Watkins , David Whyte and Paul Williams  are all options .

I have decided to select someone who played for Charlton in their first league season at age 35 who had an amazing scoring record for Southend  .

Harold Halse .  Harold played 65 times for the shrimpers scoring an amazing 91 times between 1906/07 before a move to Manchester United . He then played for both Aston Villa and Chelsea before joining the Addicks . He even scored twice in his only England appearance. 

Therefore my mutual eleven is :

GK Simon Royce ,RB Simon Francis ,LB Chris Powell ,CB Leon Cort ,CB Christian Dailly ,RM Mark Gower ,CM Keith Jones ,CM Seth Plum  , LM Garry Nelson, ST Eddie Firmani ,ST Harold Halse .

There is no obvious mutual manager because I have included both Firmani and Powell in the team so I will select former Charlton Assistant Manager Eddie May who played 105 times for the Shrimpers to work with ex Addicks player Steve Thompson who spent time in the Southend hot seat .


have your say   |   back to article list   |   [Hit count for this article: 559]