Portsmouth away. What was the score. Won 1-0
Days like yesterday don't come around very often, 453 to be precise and in that time I have seen a few away defeats, some of the hardy souls sat around me yesterday afternoon had seen many, many more but seeing the collective smiling faces of Addicks all around me and from the players on the pitch at the final whistle made this Addick very happy that I was there to witness what could potentially be a massive turning point.
It was a battling and impassioned performance and afterwards once the joy had subsided a little, we realised it was also a fully deserved victory and with Wigan, Watford and Sheffield United losing and West Ham faltering again, Pardew has breathed new life into the players, the fans and our hopes.
My son was one of a small number of fans sat in the away end and his smile has yet to wear off, he also refuses to take his Charlton top off and is soon to be diagnosed with that fatal illness that has affected thousands of us - sadaddickitis!
Talking of our fans, it was
a poor turnout yesterday. £28 (roughly $55) is a lot of money to spend to be sat in the open on a bolted down plastic seat, although for that price your knees do get a fair feel of the seat in front of you also and for no extra cost. Also into the bargain we had Portsmouth fans baiting us throughout the game as if it was our elbow that knocked Pedro Mendes out earlier in the season.
Less than 1,000 Addicks witnessed yesterday's win, the magnitude of which could yet be enormous. I don't blame Addicks for not going. The pricing is insane, the ground is one for the worst in the top two divisions and then there is the little issue of our previous away form.
I have heard various comments about our away support recently and as someone who used to go to a lot of away games, but doesn't now, I try to write from 4,000 miles away without casting too many aspersions because fans have the right not go to away games, or choose to live 4,000 miles away, but what I abhor is those 'fans' moaning about the support from the comfort of their own sofa.
Too much noise, too much standing, too much swearing, too many old blokes. Well sorry you can keep your flasks in the back of the garaged 4x4 because it's backing and passion that is needed now at games, particularly away from home, not bloody moaning. Go to The Emirates if you are looking to catch up on the crossword.
There was a fairly large group of 18 year-old lads behind us yesterday, good as gold they were, and lets hope they stick with it, because it ain't cheap and it can be lonely on your own. If you can, try to get to the away games, they need us now more than ever. I know I will be trying to get back for some more before the fat lady starts singing.Opinions of the few other Addicks at Fratton Park: The Times
; BBC Sport
; Frankie Valley
, Addicks Diary
;Super Al: "He was terrific for us today. (Faye) and players like him who have lacked belief, so they will gain from this today. We've got Luke Young to return this week, as well as Darren Bent and Andy Reid. That's £30million worth of talent back to this squad."