Johnnie Jackson – 49 and counting

The next goal Johnnie Jackson scores for Charlton will be his fiftieth for the club.  Will it be one of those bullet headers from a corner?  A swerving deflected special like at Norwich last year? A penalty straight down the middle? However it arrives, we shouldn't for a moment underestimate what an incredible achievement it will represent.

It is twenty years since Charlton had a player in the squad with 50 goals for the club. Step forward Carl Leaburn who achieved the feat during the 95/96 season.  Neither Mendonca nor Euell, Bent, Hunt, John Robinson or Nelson managed it.  It is getting on for thirty years since Robert Lee hit 50 and the days of Hales, Flanagan and Martin Robinson achieving the target are nearly forty years ago.

No Charlton defender or midfielder has ever reached 50 goals before.  Bob Curtis scored 38 and was overtaken by our skipper a few years ago.

Of course this has a lot to do with the changing face of football and the fact that players rarely stay at a club for much longer than a three year contract.  But this only makes Jackson's feat all the more laudable.  With recent Charlton managers averaging a few months in post and so many players coming and going we are just crying out for someone who represents a bit of stability. Add to this Jackson's commitment to the club, his drive and determination and his bravery and it is no wonder that he is held in such high regard by everyone in SE7.

My favourite Jackson goal was undoubtedly the free kick against Sheffield United at The Valley in the promotion season.  I enjoyed it particularly as I had missed his equally inspiring free kick just a week previously against Wednesday because I was stuck on a broken down train outside Chesterfield at the time.  Mind you, the brace against Cardiff wasn't bad either.

How many other Championship clubs have a 50 goal man on the books? OK, Blackburn of course. But not Derby (Chris Martin 46) or Ipswich (Daryl Murphy 43). Any other offers?  And if there is someone else I'll bet he isn't a midfielder who took rather average penalties.

I wouldn't mind number 50 breaking the deadlock in the 90th minute at St Andrews next week although live on Sky on November 28th would be memorable.  What about a scrambled winner against Welling in the cup in January? Or keep us waiting until Wembley in May.

Whenever, make sure you are there.