In Both Camps, Charlton Athletic

Picture: Andy Peake

A number of players have been in both camps and a lot of them were great favorites, starting up with the likes of Colin Appleton and Ian King. Appleton and King both had glorious years with Leicester and had also good times playing for Charlton.

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Appleton captained Leicester when they won there ever first final, the 1963-64 League Cup, he also captained Leicester in the 1963 FA Cup final and had a fantastic career with Leicester, sadly Colin Appleton passed away earlier this year. Ian King also had great years at Leicester and together with Appleton at both clubs. They were both in the League Cup runners-up team v. Chelseas a year later as well.

Radostin Kishishev a living legend in his home country Bulgaria, and amongst their most capped players with a total of 88. Kishishev spent a long period of time at The Valley, representing Charlton from 2000 to 2007 adding up 179 league games. He was at Leicester for a year playing only 7 league games, but nice to have seen the player in a Leicester shirt.

Leicester reached the 1969 FA Cup final and by then a new Charlton recruit had found his way to Filbert Street and he was a favorite in both camps. Len Glover, an all traditional winger, had a great impact at Leicester with three different managers playing for the club from 1968 to 1976, before making a move to Tampa Bay Rowdies. Leicester paid a record fee of £80.000 to secure the services of Glover and in total scoring 38 goals from 252 league games, winning the 2nd division title in 1971. Before his move to Leicester he had played 177 league games and scored 20 goals while at The Valley.

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Paul Friar made his first steps in League football with Leicester in the early 80’s before making the switch to Rotherham and from there to Charlton in 1984, spending two years at The Valley. He then later moved back to Scotland and continued playing all into the late 90’s with amateur clubs in England and Scotland.

Another Paul to have been in both camps is Paul Kitson, who started out with Leicester and during a long career spent a short period of time on loan at Charlton in the start of this century. 50 league games for Leicester, 6 for Charlton, also playing for Newcastle, Derby and West Ham amongst his football clubs.

Chris Powell was both player and coach at Leicester, at Charlton he did both as well, even becoming the clubs manager. Powell played 244 league games and scored 2 goals during his three periods with The Latics. At Leicester he was drafted in by Nigel Pearson and part of the push back to the top, and also had a period as interim manager. A grand profile and leader type, Chris also played for England on five occasions.

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Simon Royce joined Leicester from Charlton and Ben Hamer another goalkeeper also had his spell with both clubs. Good professionals that often were seen as number two, Royce did return to Charlton after Leicester but was mostly on the bench with only one single game in that return. Ben Hamer made 114 league appearances for Charlton.

Marcus Bent did also play for both clubs and the same to be said about Andy Peake, both with key positions in the teams they were part of at Leicester and Charlton. Andy Peake strangely left Leicester and after a short spell at Grimsby joined Charlton and later also played for Middlesbrough. He played 147 league games for Leicester and 177 for Charlton, at both clubs he had spells at the highest level in English football.

Paul Konchesky will not be forgotten, he had his first years at Charlton and as we all know was part of the Leicester team that was promoted and also played his part in the great escape season, brought to Leicester by Svennis and a descent number of games collected, 138 league games for Leicester, 149 for Charlton.

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Yann Kermorgant had a short spell with Leicester and later moved to Charlton and showed that he could cope well with Championship football. He had his spell at The Valley from 2011 to 2014 scoring 29 in 89 league games, at Leicester his tally was 1 in 20.

Lawrie Madden had a good spell at Charlton joining them from Manchester University. Played 113 league games and scored 7 goals, a short loan spell at Leicester many years later playing 3 games in the 90/91 season joining from Sheffield Wednesday.

Danny N’Guessan and Jim Melrose are two offensive players that also were at both clubs, N’Guessan later turned up in Norwegian football but his tally at Charlton was impressive 4 goals in 7 league games, at Leicester he was a bit on the fringe from 2009 to 2011 adding up 30 league games and scoring 3 goals.

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Shaun Newton was a long term servant at Charlton adding up a total of 240 league games scoring 20 goals and after a move to West Ham and Wolves played at Leicester from 2007 to 2008, not many games in total, 19 and scoring 1 goal.

Gary Rowett joined Charlton from Leicester in 2002, after two seasons at Filbert Street never taking the step down, but injuries made that total of games limited at Charlton, playing only 13 games and a strange move, but all in all a great player also appearing for Cambridge, Everton, Derby and Birmingham. Ben Thatcher also joined from Man City as we all remember having a short spell at Leicester during that 03/04 season, doing a good job.

Martyn Waghorn firstly joined Leicester on loan from Sunderland and later a permanent move, he also had a short loan spell with Charlton during his time with Sunderland.

A list of former players in both camps,

Goalkeepers

Karl Ikeme
Simon Royce
Ben Hamer
Ben Alnwick

Defenders

Gary Rowett
Chris Powell
Ian King
Paul Friar
Ben Thatcher
Lawrie Madden
Radostin Kishishev
Matt Elliott
Michael Morrison

Midfield

Andy Peake
Dany N’Guessan
Shaun Newton
Colin Appleton
Len Glover
Keith Gillespie
Astrit Ajdarevic
Franck Moussa

Forwards

Martyn Waghorn
Paul Kitson
Yann Kermorgant
Jim Melrose
Marcus Bent
Mark Bright

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