LOVELY JUB­BLY! THESE LADS AREN’T PLONKERS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS -

WHILE The FLP takes a break over the sum­mer, we like to keep an eye on what’s hap­pen­ing at clubs and with play­ers – and we’ve seen a few sto­ries that made us chuckle.

Charl­ton Ath­letic grabbed loads of pub­lic­ity with their ‘sex on the pitch’ stunt last sea­son and the Ad­dicks were at it again over the sum­mer in an at­tempt to boost ticket sales.

This time, Charl­ton cap­tain John­nie Jack­son de­liv­ered a sup­porter’s sea­son ticket – dressed as Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses.

The midfielder donned a sheep­skin coat and drove the Trot­ters’ fa­mous three­wheeled van to play the part to per­fec­tion, with goal­keeper Stephen Hen­der­son tak­ing on the role of gorm­less Rod­ney.

Fan Lee Car­roll, 16, was the lucky re­cip­i­ent and Jack­son said: “It was all worth it to see Lee’s face when we showed up.”

On the pitch, for­mer Not­ting­ham For­est de­fender Gon­zalo Jara al­most caused a diplo­matic in­ci­dent with his an­tics in the Copa Amer­ica for Chile.

In his side’s quar­ter-fi­nal against Uruguay, the ex-Brighton loa­nee, who now plays his club football in Ger­many, was cap­tured on cam­era pok­ing his fin­ger up the bot­tom of Uruguayan strik- er Edin­son Ca­vani, who not sur­pris­ingly re­acted and was sent off. Jara was sus­pended for the rest of the tour­na­ment, but at least had the sat­is­fac­tion of see­ing Chile win their first in­ter­na­tional tro­phy by beat­ing Ar­gentina on penal­ties in the fi­nal.

Then there was Football League new­boys Bar­net fail­ing to turn up for a pre-sea­son friendly at Bed­font & Feltham.

The Bees apol­o­gised for the blun­der and said they thought the fix­ture, which would have seen their de­vel­op­ment side take on the Com­bined Coun­ties Di­vi­sion One club, had been can­celled. In­stead, Bed­font & Feltham played a match be­tween them­selves that ended 4-4.

For­tu­nately, the Non-League club’s chair­man Brian Barry saw the funny side of it.

“Peo­ple ask how we’re shap­ing up for the sea­son and I can now of­fi­cially say we can’t even beat our­selves,” he joked.

Mean­while, Bolton fans may be won­der­ing how their team is go­ing to fare this sea­son – af­ter they were held to a draw by a team man­aged by an 11-yearold!

Young Daniel Fryer took charge of AFC Fylde, usu­ally bossed by for­mer Tran­mere long throw spe­cial­ist Dave Challi­nor, for their friendly against the Trot­ters and guided the Na­tional League North side to a 1-1 draw. A fel­low Fylde sup­porter won the chance to be boss for the night but passed the op­por­tu­nity on to Daniel.

“It’s re­ally inspired me and I re­ally want to be a foot­baller – even more than I did be­fore,” he said.

PIC­TURE: Charl­ton Ath­letic

CUSHTI: Charl­ton’s John­nie Jack­son and Stephen Hen­der­son as Del Boy and Rod­ney

ROOKIE: Daniel Fryer

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