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Last Updated: Friday, 10 December, 2004, 16:41 GMT
Charlton's cult heroes

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Clive Mendonca has been voted Charlton's all-time cult hero by Football Focus viewers.

Mendonca won with 43% of the vote, ahead of fellow Charlton favourites Derek Hales and Carl Leaburn.

DEREK HALES: 39%

A great goal scorer and just one of the lads.
Ian Oxley

The beard, the attitude and the goals. Top scorer in 7 seasons at the Valley in the '70s and early '80s, with many spectacular strikes including a Goal of the Season (ITV I think, I'm afraid) in 1976. A crowd favourite, he was always interacting with the fans, whether with his famous single clenched fist salute after a goal, or with 2 fingers after a stinker!!
Robin Livermore

For being the laziest, scruffiest striker who had the habit of turning up when needed!
E Hastings

The beard, the fights and the goals.
David Hale

Because he had the nickname "killer" and really was a killer around the box. Didn't do much else, but that was more than enough!
Leslie Smith

Classic good old-fashioned centre-forward and icon of the '70s. Rarely ventured outside the penalty area, did little all game then scored last-minute winner. Famously got sent-off after a punch-up with Mike Flanagan - his own team mate!
Heather McKinlay

With his flowing black mane and fiercely bearded chin, this was a true goal machine for us in the '70s & '80s. Plus getting sent of for fighting with his fellow Charlton forward, Mick Flanagan during a cup match just added to his legend.
Brian Duffin

Aka Killer or The Bearded Buccaneer. Quite simply he was my childhood hero, he scored goals for fun! He was never expected to harry defenders or chase 50/50 balls. He just effortlessly stuck the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis. He also had a connection with the Valley Faithful - he was and is one of us.
Simon Monk

CLIVE MENDONCA: 43%

For his goals, especially in the play-off final against Sunderland.
Ian Oxley

He makes this list for one glorious season in particular - 1997/1998. Top scorer with 28 goals, he was the single most important factor in our promotion to the Premiership, and it's debatable whether we would be where we are now without his contribution. He simply played out of his skin, scoring some amazing goals - the 3 in the play-off final against Sunderland being the icing on the cake. Such a shame that injury curtailed his career soon afterwards.
Robin Livermore

Wembley 1998 play-off final. Nuff said.
Tony Smith

I don't think any CAFC fan will not have this man on their list - he's a legend.
Evan Rodden

Nicknamed 'Sir Clive' because of this style and ability. His hat-trick in the play-off final at Wembley, thought to be one of the best matches at the stadium ever, was enough in itself, and then to go on to get a hat-trick in our very first match in the Premiership against Southampton... A career sadly cut short by injury.
Leslie Smith

The last true centre forward we've had, not least for a classic Wembley hat-trick in the play-off final versus Sunderland - the team he'd supported since childhood. Anon

Has there ever been a better Wembley hat-trick than Sir Clive's in the 1998 play-off final with Sunderland? And I include Hurst's 1966 World Cup final treble too! If only he had joined us 5 years earlier, Killer's scoring record would've been in danger. Great team player too, but fondly remembered for having the instinct of knowing where the net was at all times. Still sorely missed.
Simon Monk

CARL LEABURN: 18%

A striker who scored his 3rd goal for the club in his 100th appearance, famously hit the post against Spurs from two yards out. Was once knocked out by Steve Wicks in the infamous 'Battle of Stamford Bridge', a last-day-of-the-season relegation battle in 1987, staggered to his feet looking like a baby giraffe minutes later hell bent on revenge! You had to be there. Never appeared too bothered by his poor strike-rate. Then when all hope seemed lost, he scored 15 goals in a season (including a cheeky back heel over a keeper) and never looked back, winning over the fans. Sad to see him leave for Wimbledon in 1997.
Jon Smith

His lack of goal-scoring record speaks for itself!! Always divided the fans, you either loved or hated him.
John Carey

'I saw Leaburn score' T-shirts, brilliant - caused more fan 'debates' than any other player.
David Hale

Not the greatest of players, but tried hard and was always a crowd favourite. Great memories like his hat-trick at Ipswich or his dribble down the wing, the whole ground cheered as he skipped past the full back.
Andy Oakey




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