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Charlton Athletic 0 AFC Bournemouth 3

The great thing about being a Charlton Athletic fan is that expectations are always low. A 3,440 mile overnight flight with little sleep, quick shower, a hire car and a race from Gatwick to pick up my son and then my mate before getting to The Valley, all to watch us be two down by half past twelve!

It was always going to be a strange day. Another team and their fans celebrating on your own ground is hard to find enjoyable, even if it was a team as deserving as they are, but I at least hoped we might give it a go.

Charlton had already set out their game plan before Matt Ritchie scored. There actually wasn’t a game plan and almost comically we didn’t have ‘to see’ about a 19-0 home win! Mind you if the Cherries were chasing a big win, I would have feared for our record defeat.

Ritchie’s goal was a peach, Harry Arter’s was not. A parting gift from Yoni Buyens and Arter found it hard to hide is bitterness. Yoni looked less bothered.

The beginning of the 2nd half was marginally better, but only until Bournemouth moved back up a gear. By then Luzon’s team resembled a ramshackle Sunday morning park side with Vetokele, Watt and Bulot all off injured, Solly in midfield, Eagles and Johnson pretty much waving away any chance of a contract and with Charlton a man down, Churchy up front on his own.

Church was one of the few in a white and red shirt (thank the lord we are changing that next season) who left the field at the end with any ounce of respectability. Henderson too, as well as Gudmundsson, who cut a dejected figure.

There wasn’t much left to do as the game moved into the final minutes but to stand and applaud Yann as he was substituted, and I found myself on my feet again when news came through of the final whistle at Watford.

Bournemouth showed how far we have to go to be challenging at the very top of the table. They were worthy champions and possibly the best team to come out of The Championship for many a year.

The final whistle was a relief and I wasn’t going to hang around to see a half-hearted lap of honour by a group of players and a head coach, nor did I find it necessary to spy on another club’s private party.

Other than that, it was a great day out at the football, ruined only by the football. I’ve used that before and I’m sure it won’t be the last time.

Addick Bloggers at The Valley: Chris Powell’s Flat Cap; Doctor Kish; Hungry TedCharlton Aesthetic; Drinking During the Game; Stickleback; Blackheath Addick; Albury Addick.

Elsewhere in the League: Sheffield Wednesday showed a lot more desire at Watford and grabbed a late equalizer to snatch the title off their hosts and present it to Bournemouth. Derby and Steve McClaren will take a long hard look at themselves in the mirror after their incomprehensible 0-3 home defeat to Reading, which took them out of the play-off places and let Brentford in, who beat Wigan. Finally a horrible season for Blackpool ended farcically after fans invaded the Bloomfield Road pitch and their game against Huddersfield was abandoned.

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  1. Nigel Reddick #

    Have to say CA I was very angry at the way we rolled over for them as a club and a team. Bournemouth’s achievement this season is phenomenal; to win the Championship on their resources and with such stylish football is possibly one of the best I have witnessed. But to move your own fans (with a chaotic attempt to compensate) and give the away team another 1,500 tickets and up the consequent noise level is typically “nice” Charlton. Remember that Bournemouth tuck away fans into a corner to minimise their impact.

    The performance was again typical Charlton on a big occasion. I didn’t expect to win, but I expected to make a game of it. We failed miserably on that score.

    I had tickets for the Player of the season dinner Sunday night and really didn;t want to go. Having gone, I was mighty glad I did. Apart from one player, they are all very personable modest blokes (including Guy) who are nothing like the stereotype we come to expect.

    Church, Johnson and Fox in particular, were kind, helpful and warm. Wherever the former ends up I wish him all the very best as he deserves it.

    After Saturday my hopes for next season are at the usual level – expect sweet FA! And I might just not bother going quite so much.

    Have a very good summer -as usual your blog is like a breath of fesh air!


    Pembury Addick

    May 5, 2015
    • Thanks PA. Interested to know who the “one player” was?!

      May 5, 2015
  2. Nigel Reddick #

    You what CA!

    Enough said?

    Pembury Addick

    May 5, 2015
  3. Nigel Reddick #

    It did us as well. Many others on the night have said the same thing. He interacts really well with fans during matches, so I’d read nothing more into it than some people struggle with those sort of situations. In truth I hate keep asking players for autographs and photos (I do it for my son), so its only a reverse of that really. We found that Andy Hughes wasn’t that friendly last season, but look what everyone else says about him!

    Pembury Addick

    May 6, 2015

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