Coalville defender Eggleton is a Charlton fan - but will be looking to cause an FA Cup upset at The Valley
By Coalville Nub News Reporter
4th Nov 2022 | Local Sport
Coalville Town's Jake Eggleton will face his boyhood side Charlton Athletic in tomorrow's FA Cup first round tie at The Valley.
Eggleton, 24, was on the South London side's books until he was nine years told.
But now the centre half will be hoping to spring a surprise on the club he still supports.
Eggleston and his family are season-ticket holders but he admits that any loyalties will be put to one side as Coalville look to create some Cup history.
He told the South London Press: "I've already been told by the boys that if I celebrate when Charlton score it's a fine," Eggleton, who had 10 years on the books of West Ham United.
"It's just going to be a really good day.
"All my friends and family are going to be there. But it will also be weird because my mum and dad will be sat in the Coalville end.
"Darren Bent was probably one of my first idols as a kid – then in my teenage years it was Yann Kermorgant and Johnnie Jackson. One of my favourite matches was the one before we won promotion at Wembley – beating Doncaster.
"I was on the pitch afterwards celebrating with my dad Steve and brother Will."
Eggleton is hoping that he can swap shirts after the match.
"I'll be happy with whoever I can get – George Dobson would be a good one," said the Loughborough University student, who attended his first Charlton game at the age of five. "I played a bit with him at West Ham, he was the year above me so I've got a brief connection.
"It will definitely be an upset if we win. Charlton have picked up a bit and are doing alright. With the players we've got we can cause most teams problems and we can cause Charlton problems.
"Keeping them out the other end is my job. It will be good to see what team they put out."
Eggleton told The Guardian: "We were No 61 and Charlton were No 11.
"When No 11 came out and we waited to see who'd they play, all I could think was: 'Let it be 61, it's got to be 61.'
"When it was us, the whole place went mental.
"It was a wow moment. It felt fantastic, unbelievable, amazing."