Charlton Athletic 3 Sheffield Wednesday 1
It has not been easy being a Charlton fan in recent weeks, in fact it has been pretty depressing, but my slumber has been awoken by the unification of Charlton fans, those who remember Sam Bartram, those that remember Derek Hales, those that remember Clive Mendonca, those that now cheer on Johan Berg Gudmundsson. All Charlton fans coming together to claim the football club that we love back.
I was today at my daughter’s first ever swimming meet. I was nervous for her, but those nerves turned to an upside down stomach when on my phone I watched footage on Twitter of around a 1,000 fans gathered in the West Stand car park demonstrating against the leadership of our club before the game.
This had a poignant effect on me as I watched video clips, saw photos and read on the ground comments from those Addicks amongst them. This was a very significant moment for Addicks as all ages came together, men and women, and protested peacefully, pointedly and loudly.
And this is only the beginning.
And then if only to underline her arrogance and total contempt for the customers of a company she is CEO off, Meire appeared at a window, took a photo and then laughed. I wasn’t there of course, but this had been widely reported by almost everyone. Maybe she was being tickled, maybe she collects photographs of car parks. Maybe she is an idiot.
Then with my daughter gliding up the pool doing her backstroke, Johnnie Jackson only goes and bloody scores. My man love for Jacko is well documented but trust the skipper to up The Valley noise level like only he can.
20 minutes later Simon Makienok pokes in a second before half-time, which prompted a text from my brother saying we are bound to f- it up, but no, Reza scores, who had a good game by all accounts, and we are 3-0 up and The Valley remembers how to celebrate.
Even a late Wednesday consolation can’t ruin a very fine afternoon where Charlton fans did themselves proud, as did the players, men in red shirts, for whom generations of fans have given so much emotional and unconditional support. As they will long after Roland Duchatelet and Katrien Meire warrant just a couple of paragraphs in the next century of the club’s history.
The win was vital, and credit to Fraeye, Wim Corte and Jason Euell for their role in that.
Today’s protest is only the start. Today’s 3 points changes absolutely nothing. We will get our Charlton back. In fact before writing this Blog post I booked my airplane ticket to be home for the Ipswich match. We all have to come together. Spell it out. In black & white.
Relegation watch: Rotherham were hammered 5-2 at home by Ipswich. Bolton missed a penalty in the 0-0 home draw with Bristol City. Huddersfield with Mark Lillis caretaking lost at home to Leeds 3-0 and MK Dons were beaten 2-1 at Brighton.