I am a massive fan of Richard Murray . In a lifetime of unremitting pain and embarrassment as a Charlton fan , he gave me one of the best moments of my life at wembley in 98 and he gave me the best team I have ever seen , playing lovely football, competing and winning in the premiership for 7 years. The guy poured millions into the club and persuaded others like Maurice hatter , another lifelong fan , to put significant funds into the money pit, so that we could all go and have a great time. I was very proud to be a Charlton supporter , probably for the only time in 40 odd years of support.
When I travelled abroad , people knew about Charlton. When I was lying in my hotel room in Dubai once there was a TV Channel devoted to Charlton games. When I visited the floating market in Bangkok , there was a local selling fruit off his canoe , wearing a charlton Mesh team shirt. You could go to Hong Kong and the knock off markets were selling Charlton team shirts. Richard Murray was the bloke who got us to that level.
Eventually,he got to a point where he couldn’t or wouldn’t put more money in, for whatever reason, but who could blame him , he had done his bit. Obviously along the way he made the odd mistake, Les Reed, Ian Dowie and probably sacking Pardew a bit too early , but on the whole , he has been magnificent. He has been a great communicator with the fans and he is a bloody nice bloke. Which brings me to today . We have been pretty unlucky with our last two owners. Slater and Jimenez were just slimy chancers moving someone else’s money around.
Duchatelet is a deluded egocentric geriatric.
Richard has stuck around because he is a FAN . He is the only fan on the board – in that sense he is just like you and me. He screams and shouts and celebrates when we win and he is sad and depressed when we lose. I know he is getting his share of abuse and negative comments on the fan forums, but when the trust meets next week , I hope one of the outcomes is to try and enlist Richards help and support.
I watched the Luzon appointment press conference. It was embarrassing and I squirmed for Richard. It was uncomfortable viewing. He is a proud bloke and he is basically one of us. I suspect that Duchatelet listens to no one , even his psychiatrist and the many voices in his strange head , but it’s worth trying to get Richard to speak for us because he, unlike us, at least, has direct contact with the idiot owner and he CARES like we do.