Clive Mendonca will go down in Charlton Athletic historical past for scoring a hat-trick within the 1998 First Division play-off remaining in opposition to Sunderland, however he has revealed he almost joined the opposition the season beforehand. 

Previous to the ultimate, Charlton beat Ipswich City 1-0 in each legs of the semi-final. Mendonca, Charlton’s prolific striker who had scored 25 objectives within the league that season, was unavailable for the second match, although, the Englishman restricted to an agonising watching transient from the bench in opposition to the Tractor Boys.