Monday, 9 November 2009


Oh yes! what a result on Saturday at Enfield -Tottenham 4 Charlton 8

Yes I'm in dream land and Owen Seddon the son a colleague at work scored five goals - Oops sorry it was the Charlton under 9's that had a glorious victory yesterday. Coyle who now has 18 goals in 8 matches looks set to make his first team debut on Saturday against MK Dons. After yesterdays humiliating defeat against Northwich Victoria of the Blue Square North (Bromley my local team play in the equivalent Blue Square South and my Bromley supporting mate cant wait to play us in the Conference proper in two seasons time)
Parkinson has decided enough is enough and our punch- less forward line needs freshening up and Coyle will be the perfect replacement for the in effective
Mcleod who should have been sent off yesterday for a vicious assault on a Northwich player and looked totally out of his depth at this level, is set to be dropped and possibly off-loaded(wishful thinking on my part ) .

Expectations from 10 to zero

When I first started supporting Charlton in February 1967 we were a Second Division club with a healthy average attendance of nearly 12700 . My expectation was not too high then but playing second tier football was expected and any standard lower was considered unacceptable. Even in the 70's and 80's when we were relegated to the old third division, we or certainly I considered it a temporary blip . Over the last few weeks I have been reading with alarm a growing acceptance from some bloggers and supporters that promotion is not a realistic goal , mid-table mediocrity is the best we can expect considering the turbulent times and financial restraints the club has endured over the last three seasons.
Well fuck that, in the seventies and eighties we had a crap ground, crap support(Great supporters but too few of them) piddly squat funds, yet we still considered ourselves a second tier team. Automatic promotion will be deemed a success this season , anything else will be an absolute disaster. The team we have now is reasonably strong defensively and with a competitive midfield there is just one magic ingredient missing and that is striker of the caliber- equal to a Derek Hales , Mike Flanagan , Arthur Horsfield or even a Martin Robinson, actually any forward that can hit the back of the net on a regular basis from 6 yards .

This was written a few weeks ago

At last we have something to thank the Premiership For

Sometimes when I am driving to work, words spoken on the radio will start me thinking (my wife might say that's a first) and the other day on Talksport the most blatantly commercial station on the airwaves, the topic was how many overseas players are currently playing in the Premiership. The percentage is estimated to be 60% from around the world play regularly amongst the twenty Premiership clubs, which is an astonishing number. This does however
explain why I am pleasantly surprised at the standard of football in the third tier, which is way above what I was expecting this season . If Premiership teams have a majority of overseas players where do all the home grown players go to -well of course they drop down a league and so on . Last season some of the teams that played at the Valley are as good as First Division teams fifteen years ago. The standard of passing has improved beyond recognition and I think Charlton are leading the way by trying to play a good passing game most of the time . Many many years ago I watched Charlton play Third Division football and the standard was nowhere as good as it now but it seemed to be so much more enjoyable , I just loved watching Hales , Bob Curtis, Jim Dunn and Keith Peacock entertain us on a Saturday afternoon .
Harping back doesn't do any good but it is difficult.

Come on you Reds


Anonymous said...

Welcome back CND!
good to hear you again.

Yes the quality is much, much better than it used to be.

I think the lowering expectation is a defence mechanism myself - against the pain...

Pembury Addick

Kings Hill Addick said...

I'm with you CND. The FA Cup is frankly irrelevant, the JPT is a bonus in that it gives us a real chance of a day out at Wembley, but anything short of promotion this season would be a complete and utter disaster and should cause the manager to lose his job.

I know he hasn’t been given a lot of money to spend, but after keeping his job in the face of such a disastrous season, he was allowed to keep the majority of the big name players.

I’m being patient as I cannot see the board changing the manager all the time he looks like he might just get them out of trouble, but I will be demanding his sacking if we fail to go up this season.

Ketts said...

Welcome back CND. Agree with KHA, promotion is a must. With the quality of players we have, promotion should be achievable. Doesn't look likely at the moment though does it?

StoneMuse said...

Welcome back CND.

I see a major difference between our time in the third division in the 70's and now in that I do not recall the fans moaning and complaining quite so much in those days.

Perhaps it was because I was younger and didn't notice ... but I am sure it is worse in today's world of instant gratification.

Wooooh ... now I sound like a moany old git lol

charlton north-downs said...

Thanks guys
Its a tough world out there especially in Football which is totally results driven