Preston at home. What was the score? Lost shockingly 2-1
I learnt a long time ago that when one picks and chooses their matches over a course of a season, they have no damned right to see one when everything will be perfect. I am after all a Charlton fan and not a Manchester United one.
Nevertheless Saturday was shocking. I told my son after the game that he had reached a milestone. What's that mean he said. Well when you are older you will be able to sit through dross, wonder why an earth you bothered but at least have the pleasure in saying, "well that wasn't as bad as Preston in 2008!"
Of course I have a memory bank of tragic games, but Saturday will make a sad entry into that select band. I don't think I have seen us play that badly in the league, when all things considered, since the early '90's. Go on, name one.
25,000 people were at The Valley on Saturday. That is incredible. It was the biggest crowd in the Football League, more than at Wigan, Reading and Blackburn in the PL (promised land) plus two of the four Cup ties. I met some lifelong Addick fans before the match who had between us travelled around 13,500 miles to come and watch their beloved team. Please Pardew this is not a tough crowd, most of these people sacrifice almost everything to watch the team that they love. The players will do well to remember that next time they check their bank statements.
The toughest thing is that this division is shite. It is there for the taking and we have almost 40 players who on paper should be in the upper quartile of quality in the division. I thought we had a manager even better than that but I am seriously doubting him. He is acting like a women who has a shopping addiction and when staring into her wardrobe, does not have a clue which dress to wear or which bag goes with what shoes. She ends up going out looking like a cheap tart. Lamb dressed as mutton.
Four loan players played the majority of the game dressed in the red shirt on Saturday, what the flying fcuk do they care about the club? They are here each for their own reasons. The only likely one that might be signed is Halford and please someone shoot me if that is what ends up happening. He is Les Berry without the 'tache or the commitment.
And I will never moan about that lazy git, Jerome Thomas again. Scott Sinclair is not good enough to clean his boots. I have just checked Wikipedia
and yep he does play for Chelsea FC not Chelmsford FC. But, hang on, people lie on Wikipedia you know.
After the game Matt Holland and Patrick McCarthy came over to clap the fans in the East Stand. I lifted my head from my lap and stared at them. I clapped them back, not because they were the only two players that gave a shit, because they were, but because they bloody cared. I care, 25,000 people care. Pards, please find eleven others.Who else suffered at The Valley: Dr Kish
; New York Addick
; Addicks Championship Diary
; Charlton Athletic Online
; Charlton North Downs
; Blackheath Addicted
; Kings Hill Addick
; The Guardian
; Daily Mirror
.What did Pards say:
"I feel for the fans today, paying good money and watching a load of crap."
A bottle of fizzy pop for:
Paddy McCarthy. Alongside Holland and Varney (why was he taken off at half-time?), the only ones that looked like they gave a shit.