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Saturday, 21-Mar-2009 22:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Slip slidin' away

CAFC 0 Preston 0, 21/03/2009
It was a thoroughly entertaining pre-match in the pub when Preston visited, many of their supporters sporting bowler hats.

If I've got this right, this is because a former manager called the club's supporters 'gents'. Since then a tradition has evolved where supporters wear their bowlers once a season as a way of honoring departed supporters, always on an away trip to London and always at around this time of year. We have something similar, with a minute's applause for our supporters who have died in the past year. It's a shame that our celebration couldn't have been delayed this season to coordinate with Preston's - maybe another year?

And after all of that we saw a dire match that offered Charlton's faithful almost nothing in terms of 'green shoots' optimism for next season. These are indeed bleak days for us Addicks, and the under the circumstances the continuing fervour of the fans is a bit of a comfort. However, the declared 'gate' of under 20,000 indicates very poor attendance in League 1 next season.

I for one would be happy just to see some sign that the slide down the leagues was coming to an end, but in all honesty there was nothing in this match to indicate that we won't struggle again next season. Last October I saw a match at the MK Dons stadium and thought even then that Charlton we no better - we've declined further since then.


Saturday, 14-Feb-2009 22:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
A rare victory

CAFC 2 Plymouth 0, 14/02/09
According to Geoff, who took this photo, 'A terrific performance from our boys today, once they found their stride. Well taken goals, good defensive work and some nice skills on display.'

My apologies to the Plymouth supporters who've had to wait for this photo to appear!


Tuesday, 27-Jan-2009 23:21 Email | Share | | Bookmark

CAFC 1 Palace 0, 27/1/2009
Well, it was a long time coming and trebly satisfying given the opposition.

What counted most was the grit and determination on show and the willingness to fight for the ball. Parkinson seems to have impressed very strongly on his players the importance that supporters would be attaching to the game and he seemed to have (at last) got through to them. We'll probably still go down, but at least it seems that we can do so with dignity.

As expected there were no Palace colours on show in the pub before the game, just like last season, even though there were probably a few around. So, for the photo I thought that something that featured both clubs might be in order


Saturday, 10-Jan-2009 22:30 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Cold and no comfort

CAFC 0 Nottingham Forest 2, 10th January 2009
Grim times at The Valley. We were doing well enough when we were hit by two breakaway goals in two minutes. And even though the Forest keeper seemed not to be kicking too well he nevertheless made four excellent saves - it wasn't our day, and the temperature didn't rise above freezing all match.

Relegation now seems inevitable, with us several points adrift at the foot of the table. We have far too many loan players at the moment, who you can hardly expect to see our survival in the Championship as their greatest priority. Given our plight now would seem to be the time to start blooding our home-grown youngsters ready for next season in League One - at least you'd expect them to play with the pride and enthusiasm lacking in some of their seniors.


Friday, 26-Dec-2008 20:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Twice from behind

CAFC 2 QPR 2, 26th December 2008
I missed this game, sitting on a plane headed across the Atlantic, and it seems that I missed a good one - well, a better one than average, anyway!

We're now into the second half of the season where we really need to be winning every home game, but it seems that a draw is the best we can hope for nowadays


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