Love affair continues
As other Addick Bloggers at home and abroad have said recently, writing about Charlton has become more and more laborious. My love for the club I have supported since I was 8-years old has never receded. Maybe after 25+ years with a season ticket, moving overseas has helped prolong our love affair. If I'd still been living in London I have no doubt I would still have a season ticket but our weekly trysts would be becoming harder and harder to bear.
I will be home for Easter, which accounts for three games; Birmingham at home, Coventry away and Blackpool at home. When I planned this trip back to coincide with the school holidays I was prepared to go to all three games to help support our relegation fight, a few weeks on and it now seems certain I will bear witness to Charlton's 4th relegation in my lifetime.
They say that distance makes the heart grows fonder, but it has been frustrating being 'out of it' although CAFC TV
for all it's imperfections has made our tragic downfall sadly more real. Nonetheless I truly take my hat off to those that still make Charlton their life and have followed the Addicks home and away this season. It must have been depressing, infuriating and expensive.Chicago Addick living in Bermuda
will not walk away or take a hiatus, like others have and some will, although in my case fortunately (for me anyway) this blog has always been about other things in my life and not just consumed by the Addicks.
I think after the dust has settles many questions are still left unanswered, recently I have read some angry debates about the fans role in the future of the club, whether it be via the medium of the Fans Forum
, a revitalised Supporters Club
, the internet or a return to a paper fanzine. What is clear is that good things have only happened to our club when we've been organised, together and resourceful. The board, the players, The Valley is nothing without us, let us try to do everything, however little, to make our love for the club sparkle again.
As an 8-year old I entered into this pact with my eyes wide open, as only a child can. For all these years my relationship with Charlton survives on memories of good times past and hopes ahead. Nothing has changed. Come on you reds.