Thanks for the memories Cheads

After 143 appearances, 16 goals and many memories Jordan Cheadle has taken the step up to National League South football by joining our near neighbours, Dorking Wanderers. After narrowly missing out on a Play-off place at the end of 2016-17 season, the Robins brought in a number of players that were to propel us towards the Isthmian Div 1 South title in 2017-18. One of those was Jordan Cheadle (or Cheads as he was more commonly known). Joining us from Walton Casuals, Cheads made his competitive debut for the Robins on 12 August 2017 away to Ashford United. He didn't have to wait long before getting on the scoresheet as just 10 days later he scored what we were to find out was a trademark free kick to put us ahead in an FA Cup replay against Walton & Hersham.

Scorer of many important and spectacular goals his left foot has become legendary here at Carshalton, pinpoint cross field passes to switch play made to look as easy as making a five-yard pass; we were treated to this exceptional skill over four and a half seasons. He was an almost ever present in the 2017-18 Championship season and apart from his Goal of the Season equaliser at Cray Wanderers his most memorable moment came in the last game of that season against VCD Athletic with a wonderful goal from a free kick that was more than twenty yards out. His strike was perfection itself, as he whipped the ball up and over the wall and past VCD keeper Joe Mant's outstretched hand into the top right corner to send the 750+ Robins fans wild!

The following season Cheads made 37 appearances, scoring 4 goals which although fewer than in the previous season were no less important. The following two seasons were ravaged by COVID; Cheads scored just a single goal in 2019-20 (from 26 appearances) and 2 from 14 appearances in 2020-21. This season he was on course to beat his highest season total having already scored 4 goals in just 20 appearances (including 2 away at Cheshunt).

However, Cheads was not all about goals as he was our first choice left back. He presented an immovable 6 foot plus wall to any winger hoping to get round or past him and his positional sense and reading of the game enabled him to snuff out many dangerous attacks to set up another Robins move.

His dead ball skills are out of this world and whenever we had a free kick anywhere near shooting range up went the chant of 'Cheadle, Cheadle, Cheadle' from the Robins faithful in expectation of another thunderbolt! Indeed, at the very first game after he had left we had a free kick in Cheadle range and up went the chant in his honour even though he wasn’t there!

The best left foot outside of the EFL? With those free kicks, who would argue? We wish Cheads every success at his new club and there will always be a warm welcome for him here back at Colston Avenue.