‘They were absolutely s**ting themselves’: Two Charlton players refused to take a penalty during the Sunderland 4 Charlton 4 play-off final shootout

Charlton celebrate winning the 1998 Play-off final against Sunderland
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The 1998 First Division play-off final between Charlton Athletic and Sunderland is arguably the greatest play-off game in history, a game which finished as a 4-4 draw after 120 minutes and headed into a penalty shootout. 

Clive Mendonca, who had scored a hat-trick in the game, confidently stepped up for the first spot kick for Charlton. The striker dispatched his effort, as did the next 12 players who made the solitary walk at Wembley that day. 

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future. 

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