Well, we’d all vote for that wouldn’t we ?
This season marks 10 years since we were relegated from the Premiership and what a miserable decade it has been for Charlton supporters . With the exception of the 2 years when Peter Varney and Chris Powell brilliantly assembled a winning team , albeit in the 3rd division using Kevin Cash’s money , it has been a decade of unremitting failure and decline in every respect , dwindling crowds , revenues , sponsors and latterly a complete disintegration of the relationship between the diehard fanbase and the ownership.
To many of us , we go to Charlton because we wouldn’t know how else to fill our Saturday’s , I know from a personal perspective , I couldn’t stand shopping and all I would do instead is watch Sky Sports coverage praying for us to score .
Nevertheless, it is very difficult to be enthused about going to the Valley these days. Russell Slade seems like a decent bloke and we have bought a couple of reasonable players for this very low level, although we will lose considerably more talent than arrives over the next month. While Palace bid £31 million for Christian Benteke , we are chuffed to bits to secure Ricky Holmes from Northampton for £120k . Its a desperate end to a desperate decade.
When you consider the talent that Powell assembled last time in Hamer, Morrison, Taylor , Cort, Wiggins, Stephens, Hollands, Green, Wright Phillips and Kermogant , – in comparison with the current bunch , I would suggest that achieving an exit from the 3rd divsion this time is very unlikely indeed.
Anyway, I will be there and I would urge you to join me even though understandably many of you will be thoroughly fed up with the club by now. Although I loathe the current ownership and support CARD wholeheartedly , I am fed up with car park protesting and I just want to see my team win a few games for a change and enjoy a nice couple of pints and go home with a smile on my face to enjoy Saturday night.
We are due some luck at some point – surely no supporter should have to suffer more than one decade of misery . Perhaps all our dreams will come true , the team will over perform and get promoted , Roland will sell up and move onto his next crackpot project taking his incompetent idiotic protege , katrien , with him.
Hope springs eternal.