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Saturday, 27-Nov-2010 20:38 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Promoting Football Harmony

CAFC 2 Luton 2, 27/11/2010
Typical Charlton! After a run of great performances they save a sub-standard showing for a Cup game. Then again, we sort of expected it, based on long-standing history, which was why we wore our WANKA shirts.

For the avoidance of doubt, wearing these shirts for Cup games isn't a direct comment on our team - it's simply recognising that, for whatever reason, Charlton very often 'don't turn up' for Cup matches and that this has been the pattern right back to the days of Alan Curbishley.

To be fair to Luton, they played a damned sight better than Charlton and also seemed dangerous going forward. Their forwards often seemed to cause problems for our makeshift defence, and over the whole match were probably the better team. I'd hope that our boys revert to recent away form for the replay at Kenilworth Road.

Luton's supporters were in fine voice in the Rose of Denmark before the game. In the end they tempted us to join in with their singing when they speculatively sang abusive comments about Millwall, which we tunefully corrected to Palace. Then we sang together This was yet another vindication of our policy of 'Promoting Football Harmony', and once again showed that real fans have more in common than the oputside world might suppose.

Nice one, Luton!

Saturday, 20-Nov-2010 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Rising hopes

CAFC 3 Yeovil 2, 20/11/2010
My apologies to the Yeovil supporters that we met before the match in the Rose of Denmark for the lateness of this posting - I've had such computer problems that I've ended up buying a new one!

Before the match I couldn't find anyone wearing Yeovil colours, and I mentioned this to a friend in the loo just before we were about to set out for The Valley. I was overheard by, as it happens, a Yeovil supporter, who helpfully indicated a large group of his friends, all of whom were happy to join in with our traditional matchday photo.

In the Premiership the only club whose supporters didn't proudly 'wear the shirt' were Man Utd's - everyone else put their allegiance on full display, so it was easy to find takers for our photos. However, it seems that lower down the leagues there's less confidence that away shirts in home territory will be acceptable, which is a shame. It means that for several games each season we draw a blank for the matchday photo - after all, going round the pub asking, "Are you <visiting club>?", could be misunderstood

Anyway, the match was one that we ended up lucky to win after Christian Dailly was sent off, followed a while later by a Yeovil player. But it kept up our recernt momentum towards the top of the division and kept us well in touch with Brighton. It'd be great if we won automatic promotion, but Charlton supporters have been disappointed far too often to let their hopes get out of control, especially this early in the season

Sunday, 31-Oct-2010 13:56 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Let's push on!

CAFC 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0, 30/10/2010
This was probably the most satisfying Saturday afternoon that I've had for a couple of years.

Recently, Charlton have been in the doldrums, with some dreadfully uninspired and uninspiring performances. These have led to an increasing clamour for Phil Parkinson to be relieved of his post as he's been seen as the root of the problem. Personally, I reckon that as supporters we first need to get a bit more realistic about our situation.

We're a 3rd Division club nowadays, and deservedly so. We've brought in players of the quality that we can afford, which also means that they're not top quality. However, if a manager's got the inspirational skills he can squeeze above average performances from his squad, and I'm hoping that this is what we saw yesterday - time will tell.

Wednesday started strongly and I feared the worst, but Charlton steadied and then took control. Semedo and Racon were superb together in midfield, both defensively and creatively. Up front Benson was winning most of the balls that came to him in the air and alongside him Ansinyah was a revelation - he worked relentlessly, chasing passes and hunting down the ball when Wednesday were in possession.

It was the first time in ages that we've seen our team do what the opposition usually does to us, i.e. deny the other side time on the ball. Defensively we were fairly solid as well, with Dailly yet again showing the skills and calmness that he's picked up in a long career.

There are a couple of question marks over players, i.e. Jackson and Francis, but both did enough yesterday to allow us to say that it was a great team effort. We're up to 6th place, only two points away from second place. Let's see if we can push on.

Monday, 13-Sep-2010 13:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

CAFC 1 Oldham 1, 21/08/2010
CAFC 1 Notts County 0, 11/09/2010
My first game of the season, thanks to carelessly arranged holidays!

I felt dreadfully disorientated watching such an unfamiliar line-up. Of the starting eleven I'd only seen Elliot, Jackson (from last season's brief loan spell), Semedo and Reid before. It seems that this is also a problem for the players themselves, as they're still getting to know each other. The game was really dull for much of the time

Sunday, 8-Aug-2010 18:20 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Off we go again!

CAFC 1 Bournemouth 0, 7th August 2010
The first day of the 2010/11 season and, being on holiday in France, I missed it.

It's a great shame because the team has changed so much this summer that I could have done with the opportunity to get familiar with the new players. It'll be a bit like starting all over again as a supporter, but at least we've cleared out the bad buys from our Premiership and Championship days.

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