Charlton Athletic 3 Swindon Town 0
A comfortable stroll today in front of protesting Addicks and hundreds and hundreds of stewards. 4 wins and a draw from the final 5 games when the pressure was off. Previous to that when it meant something we had 1 win in 14.
First half goals from the head of Josh Magennis and the foot of Jake Forster Carsley were added to by ‘Player of the Season’ Ricky Holmes in the 2nd half, who finished off a fine move.
Ex Oakwood Park, where my son attends school, pupil Aaron Barnes came on for his Charlton first team debut and Johnnie Jackson was lauded during the game and when substituted, and rightly so, but will be back next season. Chris Solly was also given a heroes farewell when he went off late in the game.
Who the hell knows what this squad will look like in August, although Karl Robinson confirmed after that Jacko will remain as part of the first team scene, but will spend more of his time and energy as a first team coach.
The day was more about the protests which occurred before, during and after than the game. Maybe not to the extent that I had personally hoped but I wasn’t there so can’t criticize and those that do, would do well to remember that CARD is a coalition and those that want to be more lawless can do what they like individually.
Plenty of media attention was again received, but much less than Leyton Orient’s repressed fans rightly got yesterday and on the flip side as a stiff reminder, a lot less than Sheffield United who danced to 100 points and the title today.
Nonetheless outside protests, banners and balloons are unlikely to bother Duchatelet or the indolent Meire. The on-going wastefulness of money though is, such as on the ridiculous overkill of stewards and police brought in for today’s game.
As the curtain fell on this depressing and woeful season, I felt nothing when each of our goals went in and I truly hate myself for that. But just two people are to blame for mine and thousands of fellow Addicks indifference and the fight goes on because despite my lethargy I will be here long after they are gone.