Addicks Academy Go Back To Basics

By: Sarah Stonehouse |
08/06/10 |
Damien Matthew

Damien Matthew

Charlton Athletic’s youngsters will not be allowed to wear coloured boots until they have reached the first team squad.

Addicks midfielder Lloyd Sam sports canary yellow boots, while Kyel Reid and Therry Racon have both worn red boots for Charlton.

But academy players wanting to follow suit can think again according to development manager Damien Matthew.

He told BBC Radio Kent: “People might say they’ve gone old fashioned but it’s going back to that discipline.”

He continued: “If you make it as a professional that’s the reward you get but until then we have that little bit of control over you.”

“Manchester United only allow their young players to wear black and white boots. You never want to prevent any player showing that they are creative, but it is that discipline that I alluded to.”

“But we don’t have too many problems with them at Charlton.”

The message from (academy manager) Steve Gritt is to go back to basics.

Matthew joked: “Lloyd Sam plays in these yellow boots but that’s why he didn’t score that many goals, he was too easily seen.”