The eve of another season, my 31st as an Addick and 3rd as an exiled one. Iain Dowie has said and done all the right things since he 'moved north' from Croydon and I believe we can be really excited about the new era.
A host of players have come in, with Peter Varney suggesting on the radio today that there could be two more by the end of this month. Today meanwhile Simon Walton
went out on loan to Ipswich for a month, whilst young 'keeper Darren Randolph
will be dropped off the Valley Express bus in Gillingham tomorrow for a month at the Priestfield.
Stories that Marcus Bent may leave or be part of a deal to buy another striker persist and I wonder if Stephan Andersen will be at The Valley beyond August?
But back to tomorrow. To me it'll be like a first date - excited but kind of nervous. So splash a bit of brut on, put on your best shirt (a red one of course), be confident and hope we get lucky. Dowie has sent out his battle cry
and I hope the 2,200 Addicks at Upton Park trump that in spades as we look for an encouraging result on the first date of hopefully many happy ones.
Later 11.43pm. Only ID knows who he will play tomorrow, but before I go to bed I thought I would have my say: 4-4-2 as follows:
Myhre; Young, Sorondo, HH, Traore; Romm, Faye, Hughes, Ambrose; JFH, D Bent.
Subs: Carson, El Khak, Sam, Kish, M Bent.
Come on you Addicks.