I'm not sure there will be many Addicks of a certain age mourning the death of Michael Gliksten today. The OS announced that the former chairman passed away
in hospital this morning aged 70 after a long struggle with cancer.
I only remember him as chairman from my very young days but elders never had a good word to say about him or his father Stanley, who between them never invested in or had the foresight or apparent desire that Stanley's brother Albert did before them to take the club forward. In fact rather ironically during Michael Gliksten governance Charlton Athletic suffered a long slow death.
Under Albert Gliksten's leadership Charlton became one of the biggest clubs in the country before and during the war years. He appointed legend Jimmy Seed as manager in 1933, oversaw our rise through the divisions and play in consecutive FA Cup Finals.
However the 3rd generation Gliksten always appeared a reluctant owner and he had many other business interests away from the club, which he only appeared to bleed dry to support property and farming activities in Australia and South Africa. Eventually it all came to head of course in a complicated financial arrangement meaning Gliksten still owed The Valley and led to the club he and his family was supposed to have cared for escaping bankruptcy by minutes in 1984 and then being forced to leave our spiritual home a year later.
Meanwhile after all that gloom, we can all enjoy our weekends as tomorrow's game against Cardiff has been postponed
due to the London weather. The first Saturday without a league defeat since November.... come on look on the bright side!