Well, that's it then
I know I made my bed and all that and gave up almost 30 years of going to every home game and many aways by moving abroad but American television has been good to supporters of Premiership clubs, improving their coverage of games year upon year since I arrived here at the end of 2004.
Getting relegated was a bitter pill, made the more sickly by the now limited television coverage of our games in the US. One live game a week I think for Championship games on Setanta, which means a trip to the pub.
But now, which I guess I should have seen coming, CAFC have pulled the live website commentaries. "Under Football League rules, in order for the club to stream radio commentaries and match highlights on our official website, we would have needed to enter into a license agreement with Football League Interactive, the division of The Football League that controls such matters."
And rightly so the club won't buckle and give up their website independence or compromise their agreement with the BBC and hand it all over to crappy Premium TV
, who manage all the rights.
But hang on where does this leave all us overseas Addicks? No bloody International Supporters Club, no commentaries, not a jot. My apologies to all of those nice Chinese people who became fans after our tour and the signing of Zheng Zhi
but what about us? Disaster.
How else am I going to while away my nervous energy on a Saturday morning? Not by watching the cafc.co.uk
website waiting for "in-game updates."
You know 24mins: Corner to Colchester United. 38mins: Shot saved from Matt Holland. Wow. Then of course we have the BBC text service, er I would rather stick tooth picks in my eyes than do that for 40 odd games.
And of course it is not just overseas fans but those who live outside the BBC London and Kent airwaves. All those new fans that we bus in on Valley Express for example. Cheers.
I suppose it might improve away support or perhaps it gives disenchanted fans their lives back, but it pretty much ruins mine.
Ok, I have just read this thread on Charlton Life
. Enlightning as always. I really don't want to give my money to poxy Premium TV either but I tell you, I can't live without some kind of knowing what the bloody hell is going on for 90 minutes.
I will look into this more and it seems others will on Charlton Life
too. If I have to I'll suppose I will have to have some northern monkey commentating on the Addicks during the season, if that is what the other clubs websites provide. On second thoughts, I used to hate the biased commentary on BBC London
and Steve Brown, who never did let me down in a red shirt, did start to grate.
Help! If anyone else got any ideas then please leave a comment.