Where did the away support go?
Ah, memories of Blackburn....
Me, my bro' and my Dad walking along a cobbled Lancashire street in midweek thinking we were the only idiots to make the 250 mile trip. We walked into a non-descript pub and were met by about 200 Charlton fans singing the place out. Sends a tingle up my spine thinking about it.
It was a FA Cup 4th Round replay and a certain Darren Pitcher scored that night (there was a *slight* deflection) and we had a whale of a time in that away end. Blackburn were in their pomp in those days - Shearer, Sutton, Sherwood, Flowers etc whilst we were being mediocre in the 2nd Div (it will always be 2nd to me!).
Interesting stat: The home draw attracted 8,532 but there were a good 1,200 of us at Ewood Park on that cold January night, this on the back of 4 away games without a win. 11 years later? Well, I will be surprised if there are more Addicks there tomorrow. What went wrong?
Of course, we all have our reasons and I have a novel one. I will be on a work's training course all day Saturday and will be out of earshot of a radio commentary let alone a small Lancashire town.
Benty's back, I will be thinking of you. Come on you Addicks!