A couple of years ago when scanning programme covers I came across the Charlton v Derby January 1965 issue which had the back page neatly cut out. Assuming it had been damaged by a previous owner removing a form, or perhaps a photo of a favourite player, I thought nothing of it, added it to my spares pile and made a note to buy a replacement. Several months later a copy was purchased on eBay but when it arrived the back page had also been neatly removed. A coincidence I thought until a third copy was obtained, again with the same problem.
Enquiries revealed that the programme had been sold on the day without the back page due to an unauthorised use of ‘Don Welsh’ on an advert. The Charlton office staff at the time must have spent hours in the run up to the fixture removing the pages from all of the programmes. The Charlton Athletic Museum believe their full copy of the programme is the only one in existence – get in touch if you know otherwise.
Echoes across the Valley, on the inside back page, reported that Keith Peacock had recently completed 50 first team games and was yet to turn 20. He went on to make over 500 appearances for the Addicks. Brian Kinsey, listed in the team lineup as left-back, would remember the fourth round FA Cup tie at The Valley in January 1962 well. Kinsey was playing at outside-left and scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win for Charlton late in the second half in front of a crowd of around 35,000. The only member of Charlton’s 1946 FA Cup final team that lost 4-1 to Derby still connected to the club was Don Welsh who had recently been appointed Charlton’s liaison officer. The missing page from the programme also featured league tables for the Metropolitan League and the South East Counties League.
Thanks to the Charlton Athletic Museum for providing the image of the programme above. Their website is www.cafcmuseum.co.uk and are also on Twitter @chathmuseum.