Canine supporters help boost the attendance at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium
I have to admit that Sam Bartram was my boyhood hero at Charlton. He was a bit of a showman and a risk taker which is perhaps why he didn't get very much in the way of international preferment.
My father was very sceptical about his retail venture in Floyd Road, saying that people went in there thinking they would be served by him when he had installed a manager. His own subsequent career in football management was not that successful, but then he became a football writer in a day when the Sunday papers liked to have 'big names'. Probably if there had been Match of the Day he would have been on it occasionally, although he didn't have a lot to say for himself in the way that the likes of Alan Shearer do.
Leamington's current keeper, Tony Breeden, is the nearest keeper I have ever seen in style to Bartram, although not of the same quality. However, the sight of him tearing down the pitch unsettled opposition teams and there is a particular pleasure in seeing a keeper score other than from a corner or a penalty. Now that the Brakes have been promoted to the National League North, he is find life more challenging and the club are second from bottom.
Tony Breeden saves in the penalty shootout at Molineux, having scored the first penalty. Crowd is to left.
In particular, Breeden was noted for his fierce and accurate shots, but seemed to have lost his shooting boots. I last saw him score at Molineux against Wolves Under-23s to win the Birmingham Senior Cup, a splendid Victorian trophy that sits in the boardroom.
Last night, however, the madcap biman got his first goal of the season, leading to the chant not heard for a while: 'Tony Breeden, on the wing, on the wing.' Leamington still lost 2-3 though.