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Visiting supporters 2003/04 season

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We're a group of Charlton Athletic supporters who meet before and after every home game at the Rose of Denmark pub close to The Valley.

We got to know each other over a number of years through the supporters' mailing list and eventually started to meet at the RoD in gathering numbers during our first season in the Premiership in 1998/99. The social side of our meetings has become almost as enjoyable as the matches we've seen, sometimes more so on those occasions when we've witnessed a shocking performance, e.g. 1-6 against Leeds in 2003!

The fun of matchdays is often enhanced by the banter we have with visiting supporters, who almost without exception have been a pleasure to spend time with. Chatting over the match prospects with people who're familiar with the 'opposition' means that we know better who to watch out for, or who the visitors can't stand for his lack of effort - we can ALL sympathise with THAT!

We meet in London during the long summer break, to chat over the latest signings (or lack of them!) and to work out which of the pre-season games we're going to. We also have our own mailing list where we chat about all sorts of things, not just the Addicks. So, this blog might be a way of joining up with similarly-minded supporters of all clubs.

In August 2002 we set ourselves the challenge of taking a photo of a member of the group with at least one visiting supporter at every home game. This was so successful that we decided to carry on with this for future seasons. On this page I've posted all of the photos we took last season.

The support that we get from Dermot and Kath, who run the 'RoD' is also a major encouragement for us, and they're very keen to display these photos in the pub itself. They also offer amazingly fast and efficient service, which is just as well on match days as the pub is usually packed to the doors. You'll find it at 296 Woolwich Road. You can generally find us 'RoDsters' in the pub on matchdays either in the garden or to the right of the bar where the photos are on display, and you're welcome to buy any of us a pint! ;o)

But beware - after the match there's a 'Home Supporters Only' policy.

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