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Well played son a true Charlton fan!

Last Saturday me my son Alfie were invited to the Emarites to see Arsenal Vs Fulham (great game) all VIP as Arsenal are doing everything in their power to sign Alfie next season!

After the match in the academy lounge Liam Brady (head of all recrutment and Arsenal legend) comes into the room to talk to me and Alfie about signing! He turns to Alfie and says " I hear your a midfielder out of all the midfielders in the world who is your favourite"? Alfie pauses for thought and comes out with "it can only be Johnny Jackson"!!!! LOL

Liam Brady replies "Yeah but all left foot"..... Hahaha
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    haha! nice one.

    brady must be looking old now?
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    Brilliant....good lad.
    Did he sign for them? Great opportunity for your son.
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    Lol... Blinding mate... Blinding ...
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    Valley11 said:

    Brilliant....good lad.
    Did he sign for them? Great opportunity for your son.

    Its a fight between Arsenal and Charlton mate!!

    Arsenal are throwing the lot at him to sign as where Charlton don't have to if you know what I mean?

    Hard choice to make in April!

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    love it!! must be very good player your boy to be scouted by Arsenal!
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    Just wondered how old your son is?

    It's interesting what clubs do to sign young and in some cases very young players.
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    He isn't bad mate ;-)

    Both teams like him that much they offered contracts 5 months early!!
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    How old is he terry? I hope you ll be encouraging him to choose charlton.. !Good luck
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    Great story! I hope he fulfils his early promise and look forward to bulletins on here over the years ahead.

    I hope he understands that by the time he is 18 Charlton will be in the Champions League and Arsenals trophy cupboard doors will have remained closed for over a decade!
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    Just wondered how old your son is?

    It's interesting what clubs do to sign young and in some cases very young players.

    He's 8 mate

    I know at Arsenal they have a soccer school for 5 year olds and upwards (Now thats getting them in young!)



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    Great story! I hope he fulfils his early promise and look forward to bulletins on here over the years ahead.

    I hope he understands that by the time he is 18 Charlton will be in the Champions League and Arsenals trophy cupboard doors will have remained closed for over a decade!

    LOL Fingers crossed mate

    Cheers

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    8! Bloody hell!

    Great comeback by Brady!
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    Have you told johnnie that on twitter Al. He'd find that funny being a gooner... Maybe?
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    8!?

    Is it local community schools he will go too run by the clubs?
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    Wouldn't he be better choosing arsenal? Because if unfortunately he was to get released then he'd maybe find it easier getting a new club, whereas at charlton if he was to get released he might struggle to as lower league and people would be more inclined to sign him due to the 'arsenal pedigree'

    Good luck to him, I bet your well proud!
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    My goddaughter is 8 and she has signed for Everton girls. Proper contract and everything and only allowed to switch teams during the transfer window?!!

    Im going up next weekend to watch her play as they've got Man Utd away. Looking forward to it.


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    edited November 2012
    Personally I don't think clubs should be able 'sign' kids until they are at least 12.

    Not only do most kids completely lose interest by early teens, but if they are made to stay at local clubs then it promotes the need for more qualified coaches.

    Take nothing away from your son tho, good luck to him.
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    Curb_It said:

    Have you told johnnie that on twitter Al. He'd find that funny being a gooner... Maybe?

    I didn't know he was a gooner? I'll do that later...lol

    Wouldn't he be better choosing arsenal? Because if unfortunately he was to get released then he'd maybe find it easier getting a new club, whereas at charlton if he was to get released he might struggle to as lower league and people would be more inclined to sign him due to the 'arsenal pedigree'

    Good luck to him, I bet your well proud!

    Thats what we have to think about Greenie do you go with your heart or brain?

    Even with Arsenal having a superb set up (Millions to throw at it) there isnt much between all teams from U9 to U16!

    Cheers

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    Liam Bradys older brother (Patrick...one of twins) taught me A-level Economics after he packed up playing.
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    Wouldn't he be better choosing arsenal? Because if unfortunately he was to get released then he'd maybe find it easier getting a new club, whereas at charlton if he was to get released he might struggle to as lower league and people would be more inclined to sign him due to the 'arsenal pedigree'

    Good luck to him, I bet your well proud!

    Or of course you could take the view that among the 100s kids at Arsenal you could easily get "lost", whereas at Charlton you may well be given more of an opportunity to shine? That, added to where the heart lies, means Charlton every time, no contest.
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    Why do you have to sign with a single club? Can't you just 'play the field' as it were, experience all of the teams, then at around the age of 14 when clubs start to think about who's gonna play in their academies you can make the right decision at that time. Bearing in mind this was a few years ago, my brother was in a similar situation, although aged around 13, he had loads of clubs wanting to sign him on schoolboy forms, my dad was advised to not let him sign and he trained at many clubs. He still ended up getting an apprenticeship and was able to pick the right club for him at the age of 15.

    Good luck with it all and well done keeping him Charlton!
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    edited November 2012

    Wouldn't he be better choosing arsenal? Because if unfortunately he was to get released then he'd maybe find it easier getting a new club, whereas at charlton if he was to get released he might struggle to as lower league and people would be more inclined to sign him due to the 'arsenal pedigree'

    Good luck to him, I bet your well proud!

    Or of course you could take the view that among the 100s kids at Arsenal you could easily get "lost", whereas at Charlton you may well be given more of an opportunity to shine? That, added to where the heart lies, means Charlton every time, no contest.
    You have hit the nail on the head mate. Over at the Arsenal academy you have pics on the wall of all the teams from the past 10 years. Out of the players (maybe 300 boys?) you only have Wiltshire and Frimpong that are playing for Arsenal!

    You have also got Solly and Evina in the line ups.

    The coach that trained Solly from the age of 9 to 12 before he left for Charlton teaches Alfie on a Wednesday night and said that Solly was quality but not up to Arsenal standard at the that time!!!

    I said to him it was their loss Charlton's gain!!

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    sign at Arsenal. get great coaching and facilities for 7 years then sign pro at Charlton. best of both worlds.
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    Terry do you know why Pat Holland left?
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    Arsenal on his footballing cv would look unreal though, a lot of arsenals youth do go onto be professionals from what I can remember, playing lower leagues or premier league, as clubs like the arsenal pedigree
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    Wouldn't he be better choosing arsenal? Because if unfortunately he was to get released then he'd maybe find it easier getting a new club, whereas at charlton if he was to get released he might struggle to as lower league and people would be more inclined to sign him due to the 'arsenal pedigree'

    Good luck to him, I bet your well proud!

    Or of course you could take the view that among the 100s kids at Arsenal you could easily get "lost", whereas at Charlton you may well be given more of an opportunity to shine? That, added to where the heart lies, means Charlton every time, no contest.
    You have hit the nail on the head mate. Over at the Arsenal academy you have pics on the wall of all the teams from the past 10 years. Out of the players (maybe 300 boys?) you only have Wiltshire and Frimpong that are playing for Arsenal!

    You have also got Solly and Evina in the line ups.

    The coach that trained Solly from the age of 9 to 12 before he left for Charlton teaches Alfie on a Wednesday night and said that Solly was quality but not up to Arsenal standard at the that time!!!

    I said to him it was their loss Charlton's gain!!

    I have said before, just look at any football yearbook from a few years ago. That only has the kids who have signed pro forms, there are dozens of Arsenal players from all over the world, 95% of whom you have never heard of again. Arsene's legendary discoveries are partly due to casting the net very, very wide indeed...

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    Our leader AFKA was on Arsenal's books as a boy.
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    Curb_It said:

    My goddaughter is 8 and she has signed for Everton girls. Proper contract and everything and only allowed to switch teams during the transfer window?!!

    Im going up next weekend to watch her play as they've got Man Utd away. Looking forward to it.


    Is she John's daughter?
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    Curb_It said:

    Our leader AFKA was on Arsenal's books as a boy.

    As you can see with Chris Solly as well, it stunts your growth being on Arsenal's books as a boy.

    If your boy signs for Arsenal, Terry - he might be "effin' quality, but he'll only be 5 foot 3."

    ;o)
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    Curb_It said:

    Our leader AFKA was on Arsenal's books as a boy.

    you brown nose ;~)

    all men that go to footy were on someones books at some point as a kid, yes im gunna say it... FACT.
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