What we have is priceless
All you ever read is Jordan this, Jordan that - "I have 15 cars. Nine are in Spain and six in London. My favourite is the titanium silver Aston Martin Vanquish. I bought that a couple of years ago for £200,000. I also have a McLaren SLR, a Mercedes SL65 AMG, a Jaguar XJ, a Porsche Carrera, a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Ferrari 612 and a Ferrari 660. I also have a yacht moored in Marbella. I bought it nine months ago for £3m. It costs £150,000 a year to berth it, £60,000 a year to clean it and about £200,000 a year just to take it out – all good fun."
So wasn't it nice that the fans and the players said it all for Richard Murray on the pitch and then to the press after the game Saturday
? Despite Pards' previous allegiance and not wanting to get into any pre-match mud-slinging, he and the older statesmen at the club clearly made each player aware of the historical significance of the game to both Richard Murray and us fans.
And how the players responded afterwards, just reward for the magnificent backing they received the whole game from Addicks in the Arthur Toilet end. Andy Reid leading by example, how much has his stock increased with supporters since Saturday at 5pm? And how distant could you get from one of Curbishley's teams, when his players couldn't wait to get back in the dressing room after the final whistle, Matt Holland besides.
A wonderful day, even for me living out here in faraway planet America. The voices of my brother and mates shortly after the game on my phone brought a lump to my throat. Pride, what a wonderful emotion it is.
After 6 games we have shown superior quality, some great technical ability (at this level) and seen no other Championship team to frighten us. At times we have appeared as if we could score goals at will, true we've had some bad moments at the back too, although a clean sheet Saturday was hugely positive, plus two new defensive signings and a growing cohesiveness of an entire new squad that only comes with games. Then Saturday we answered another question. Have we got the fight, spirit and bottle to win 3 points on the road when it is more of a battle not a football field?
Yes and along as the players respond to the fans in they way they did at Selhurst, then they will keep coming to games away from The Valley.
One thing that Pardew gives this fledgling team is togetherness and a sense of realism as well as a tactical flexibility and cleverness that shows we have got a bloody top man in charge.
I was at the Scunny game and have otherwise 'listened' via text, email updates and seemingly morse code but I'm truly enjoying this start to the season more than many, many others in recent years.