Saturday, 4 July 2009

Welling on Wednesday

Tickets for the Welling friendly on Wednesday evening have not been selling well according to Wings owner Barry Hobbins. These are the coveted seats which usually sell out quickly due to their limited numbers. Hobbins is blaming the credit crunch and Charlton's recent relegation. I would also add to that the fact that the game is being staged in early July rather than early August.

Pre-season friendlies tend to get more competitive towards the start of the season and the early ones are often just fitness games and a bit of experimentation with formations and tactics. I will be going along to see who is running the show, what the spirit looks like and, hopefully, a first look at Miguel Angel Llera. I will be surprised if we start with more than half-a-dozen first teamers from last season and the absentees may be more telling than those selected. Zheng Zhi, Bailey and Shelvey might be conspicuous by their absence.

I had a quick look at the well-designed Welling United website on the grounds that I expected to see several ex-Addicks amongst their ranks, only to be disappointed - none that I recognise anyway. More late on Wednesday....


Scott said...

Last few years there have been more ex-Addicks with Ebbsfleet than Welling, Stacy Long, Onome Sodje, Mark Ricketts, Alex Varney (briefly when they were Gravesend) and maybe a few more. And of course Rashid Yussuff was there on loan.

Welling had/have Dorian Smith, but apart from that they've just had the odd loanee from us (Randolph probably the biggest name).

Dave said...

Thanks Scott - Ebbsfleet might have been the team to play then.