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Alec's a winner, even in defeat!

08 August 2005

A Francis Jeffers penalty and a Danny Murphy free-kick spoiled the testimonial day celebrations for Watford goalkeeper Alec Chamberlain, as Premiership Charlton provided the opposition - and went away as 2-1 winners.

A big hearty roar from the crowd welcomed Chamberlain on to the pitch, and chants of his name echoed around the ground. He was also presented with a momento of his big day by Watford's chairman Graham Simpson at half-time.

The game was a useful work out for both sides ahead of the new season, and Marlon King equalised for Watford, shortly after the Premiership side went behind to Jeffers' penalty...King heading Paul Devlin's cross past Alec's Charlton counterpart Dean Kiely.

All three goals came in the second half, Jeffers heading over the bar from a Dennis Rommedahl cross before making no mistake with the penalty kick to put Charlton ahead.

King had a goal ruled out for offside two minutes later before equalising in the 65th minute.

But Murphy put the Addicks back in front on 70 minutes with a free-kick from the edge of the area which he fired past the outstretched arms of Chamberlain.

Watford pushed forward for an equaliser, but Charlton held on for the win - but the winner was popular goalkeeper Alec Chamberlain, on a day when supporters had the opportunity to pay their thanks for nine seasons of loyalty to the club.

Written by Peter Jones, of the PR consultancy Red Alert Media.

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