Charlton Athletic 0 Burnley 3
A 3-0 defeat. Probably could have got evens on that before the game. Congratulations to the Clarets on their title.
Anyway enough about the game. What an awesome day for Charlton fans as chaos reigned at The Valley. Despite sniffer dogs, over zealous searches, 100’s of additional security, aggressive stewarding, a net behind the length of the Covered End and more police, with some bazaar crowd control tactics, than SE7 has seen for many a long year, it was a landmark day for Addicks as we thrust our plight into the forefront of the national media and the conscious of fellow football fans everywhere.
Burnley fans were great. But how Claret fans were allowed to swarm all over the pitch at the final whistle whilst stewards and police fought with Charlton fans to prevent them protesting peacefully was disgusting. As was the rough housing of fans and even those sat in the Directors Box.
Katrien Meire and Richard Murray were made to feel so uncomfortable that they left their heavily protected seats at half time and didn’t return. Richard Murray, a man I once admired, who if you cut him in half would bleed Charlton red now bleeds yellow. I don’t know how he can sleep at night.
An iconic moment in this incredible fan movement that WILL wrestle this club back from these football club murderers was when a gigantic banner with the word ‘LIAR’ on it and an arrow appeared in the west stand press gantry. It hung just inches from Meire’s Pinocchio face and stayed long enough over her for the world to see with the entire crowd chanting “Liar, Liar, Liar.”
The atmosphere turned noticeably dark in the 2nd half as we saw a pitch invasion and numerous stoppages for flares and other debris that made it’s way onto the pitch. Other efforts to get on the pitch were thwarted but as the game finished with no additional time added, Addicks soon successfully joined Burnley fans on The Valley pitch to represent a sheer force of footballer supporters against this abhorrent regime.
The lasting memories of this final day of this unnecessary relegation season was the remnants of the club’s ridiculous ‘fans’ sofa being blown across The Valley, ripped to shreds. A sofa that has become a symbol for the mismanagement of Roland Duchatelet’s deplorable reign. That sofa Roland will one day be you.