Paddy Powell made redundant
Every Saturday evening whilst the old man was making the egg and chips after we had got in from The Valley I would be ignoring Doctor Who on the box and be out in the back garden recreating one of Paddy’s run and crosses, jinking this way and that and doing that trademark drop of the shoulder before finding the lurking Derek Hales or Mike Flanagan with a teaser of a ball into my Mum’s runner beans.
Because we always kicked towards the Covered End in the 2nd half, Paddy would saunter over to the vast open East Terrace before the re-start and chat to the kids down the front, sign an autograph, or get the result of the 3.45pm at Kempton Park. Always with a smile as wide as the touchline.
I wrote this article before his testimonial last summer and I was honoured that Colin’s daughter not only took time to read it, but also to comment.
Colin ‘Paddy’ Powell is a proper Charlton legend and has been involved with the club for 41 years, 22 as the groundsman returning to The Valley with the rest of us in 1992.
Today Paddy was made redundant by the club alongside Paul Ellis and Chief Operating Officer Steve Bradshaw. Allegedly Paddy’s retirement letter was addressed to ‘Dear Chris,’ which just about sums up the place at the moment, although the OS has done him proud here.
Paul Ellis also deserves a special mention. Paul is probably at every game and has been for as long as I can remember. The programme aficionado is the go to man for those that treasure football programmes and was an inspiration to me as a kid.
I hope that both Paul and Paddy get to now enjoy their lives, stay healthy and work again if that’s what they want. Charlton legends both.