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Never give up the fight – Just sell the club

A superbly put together video by The Guardian that will make your Charlton heart beat a little harder. Better public relations than Tom Rubashow can only dream off. It encapsulates simply not just how much Charlton have been ruined by an incompetent owner but many other football clubs as well.

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All to play for

Port Vale winning at Walsall last night thanks to a Chris Eagles stunner (photo) not only means that Port Vale have it all to play for on Saturday, but so do the Addicks. Oh yes!

Victory for Charlton and a draw between Walsall and MK Dons who meet will mean that Karl Robinson’s team will hit the heady heights of a 12th place finish, which by my calculations is half way! Only problem with this is that we would forego finishing top of the bottom half, which Karlo set as our ambitious target. Lamentably bottom of the top half has nowhere near as much kudos.

At the real bottom of the table the final relegation place is between Bury, Gillingham and Vale. Bury and Vale both have ultra tough tasks with the Shakers away at play-off chasing Southend and Bury at Fleetwood, who need to win to have a chance of snatching 2nd place from Bolton. The Gills have it in their own hands away at nothing-to-play-for Northampton Town.
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Heartbreaking for The O’s

Great little club are Leyton Orient. During the mid 70’s and 80’s when I first started going to Charlton we played them regularly and my family and I would always make the short journey across the river. We were there for the abandoned game in 1978. The game was called off at half-time and the tannoy system was so bad that the crowd only found out by word of mouth. We went back for the re-arranged game which had been postponed again and was pushed back 24 hours to see us avoid relegation by the skins of our teeth.

In 2014 The O’s were a penalty kick away from playing in The Championship and then Barry Hearn sold the club to Francesco Becchetti, who walked the EFL’s fit and proper test because he had money and ambition. Sadly what Becchetti also had was not one clue of how to run a football club. As Barry Hearn said: “But no one could have foreseen the level of ineptitude when it comes to management. You can’t do due diligence on whether he is a nutter!” Sound familiar?
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Reclaim The Valley

The Valley, Floyd Road, London SE7. Our spiritual home. A home that I first made my own in 1975, and this year for the first season in 42 years, a home that will not have been to, nor to a final home game that I have nearly always made it back for since leaving the UK in 2003. 

However this Sunday CARD have plans to get as many of us there as possible, even if you don’t want to part with your money and enter the ground.
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Chesterfield 1 Charlton Athletic 2

A proper end of season going-through-the-motions run out for these two teams. The Addicks strolling to victory adding more salt to the Spireites wounds who set an unwanted club record of a 26th league defeat of the season and went bottom after Coventry won. 

Chesterfield had plenty of chances though. Konsa sounded a little sloppy at the back but a nice goal from Jake Forster Carsley and another Ricky Holmes free kick was enough. JFC then missed a penalty which surely Jacko had the right to take. 

After the game Robinson couldn’t refrain from telling us that Jacko will stay on next season, with added coaching responsibilities.  I can just see the PR machine banging their collective heads on the table as Robinson ruins the OS Friday afternoon announcement and interview with Jacko timed to appease fans ready to protest from the lower west the next day. Ha.
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Whale watching 

I have always been a bad omen at anything like this. Once in Mexico, the captain told us that they’d seen hundreds of playful dolphins the day before. Not the day I went. Likewise gray whales in San Diego one time. I did see the arse of an alligator in the alligator infested Everglades, but didn’t see one bear in Yosemite, not a wild toucan in Belize, nor a jaguar in Nicaragua. Indeed a quest to see mating glow worms in Bermuda was fruitless, at least for me if not the worms.

Even Guy the Gorilla was given the day off when my Grandad took us to London Zoo when I was kid….

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Charlton Athletic 3 Gillingham 0

At last an attacking Charlton performance that if never threatened has been often promised by Karl Robinson. We sounded very good going forward and there were some good individual performances with Forster-Caskey, Dasilva and others coming out of the game with plenty of credit. The Chelsea lad, if not retained by Chelsea, could well be worth a punt next season as he has got better and better with games.

The club have saved themselves a dinner and they may as well save themselves a POTY vote and just hand the trophy to Ricky Holmes, who had another stormer and scored another cracking free-kick. There ever reliable Jason Pearce got the opener and his first for the club and I look forward also to seeing our third, which sounded a very well worked goal which ended with Magennis back on the score sheet.
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