Old Red-Nose Stephan's inspiration
It has been mentioned on here and elsewhere that one of the key differences in Stephan Andersen's game to that of Dean Kiely is his distribution.
Therefore it comes as no surprise that goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel is our Stephan's hero. They both started their careers at Hvidovre in Denmark and it would seem Schmeichel has followed the 23-year old's career carefully, once inviting him to train with him at Aston Villa."Peter was a hero. He is the best goalkeeper ever. He was good at it all: a good thrower, a good reaction goalkeeper and a good shot stopper. He was an inspiring figure. He told me I could do it in the Premiership. If people compare us they compare our throws because he had a great one and mine is quite good too."
During our history we have had some fine keepers don the number 1 jersey. If Andersen is ever as good as the red-nosed one, then we might just have to think about putting another statue up alongside Sam.
Elsewhere the mailing list is getting all het up about the January transfer window, which is a bit premature - Bowyer (yes, no, immoral), Hartson, Ashton, Sidwell, Nolan, Lita?? But meanwhile another of our existing players, Mark Ricketts, this morning signed a months loan at MK Dons
. The defender is the 6th Addick to be out on loan (surely a record) and may make his debut for Franchise United in the FA Cup 1st Round on Saturday.
I was quite pleased that they have decided on the Wednesday for the Carling Cup game v Blackburn. Last week I booked my flight home for the Thanksgiving Weekend (26/27th Nov) and out of the corner of one eye I looked at the fixture list and saw Tuesday November 29th as the proposed 4th Round date.
I shook my head at my stupidity and promptly booked my return ticket to Chicago for the Monday. That evening we played Chelsea, the rest as they say is history.
I would therefore have been mightly peed off if the game was to be played on the Tuesday, but the Wednesday night would have been stretching my stay and wasn't really an option.