Bournemouth are very excited about the prospect of having another 1,400 fans at The Valley on Saturday week. Yesterday Charlton announced that they will offer the Cherries 1,400 seats in the Upper West, blocks P, Q, R and a piece of N at the end nearest the Jimmy Seed Stand.
I think this is a sensible decision by Katrien Meire, although it will inconvenience some season ticket holders who will be forced to move. I would expect that those season ticket holders that must only number around the 100 mark will be miffed but I am glad to hear that they are getting personal phone calls from the club and they will be treated to a bacon butty for their bother. Bournemouth are also paying any associated additional costs, including I assume the bacon and ketchup.
We’ve all done it, sat or stood in home ends biting our tongues, and it can cause some uncomfortable moments. In fact I still have a letter from the club of my apparent abuse of Nottingham Forest fans sat in front of me and fellow season ticket holders in the East Stand when they started to give it large after scoring.
Bournemouth are not Leeds, Millwall or Birmingham and therefore I can live with it, and of course if it was roles reversed I would be doing anything to get into their little Dean Court.
I have no axe to grind with Bournemouth, only that I wished Eddie Howe would have chosen us over Burnley and that they have one of my favourite players from the last decade playing for them, and that is not Simon Francis. What it should mean is a crowd approaching 20,000, and I’m looking forward to seeing the joint display of thermos flasks in the West Stand.
My only hope is that it is a good day out (I will be there) and that our players are up for it and can leave a lasting good memory to take into next season. I still count that Leicester game at Upton Park in 1992 as one of my favourite games from that era when we were outnumbered two to one.