Life Affirming

One of the rocks of my life has been supporting Charlton. It’s a family thing – my son says to me that the last thing Nanny said to him before she passed away was that Nicky Bailey couldn’t do it all on his own in the middle. I took her many times – I remember sitting in the Jimmy Seed with her on a cold Tuesday night and I remember sitting in the lounge in a monsoon before the West Ham game was called off- She loved going well into her eighties.

Last night I sat there with my wife, 26 year old daughter and her partner. Where does the time go?   How did I get so old ?  – I’ve still got a piece of turf in a box in my office draw from when I invaded the pitch in 1974 when we beat Preston and got promoted as a 17 year old. I’ve sat with my same mates for 50 years now.

Generations after generation – it’s what we do. It was my son’s stag weekend and he was in Edinburgh with his mates who made him watch the game in a pub wearing a Donny shirt – when we won , he ripped his shirt off , danced on the table in the pub pointing to his Charlton Tattoo .

There are loads of other things in life but there aren’t that many capable of giving those almost unbearable feelings of joy and euphoria as the end of the penalties last night.

When we go to Wembley, I will be there with my brothers, wife, kids, nephews, mates – the list is endless – just as it was when we beat Sunderland in 98 – except my son was 8 then and this time he has to get an Uber from the church where his bans for his July wedding are being read.

He’ll be there as will the rest of us – My dear old Mum will be looking down on us

its a family thing  it’s what we do – We are Charlton and she knew that.

9 thoughts on “Life Affirming

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  2. Beautifully said…live 5000 miles away but follow every blog site 4-5 times a day, every bit of news. Charlton still in my heart since my dad took me every week from about 1954….been gone from UK since 1977 but still can’t get them bloody well out of my system..Listened on Valley Pass with heart thumping and was exhausted at the end…couldn’t sleep as was so wound up..what a night…

  3. Yeah well i first went when graham tutt was our goalie ere remember im, now King Roland n King aLee are doin a great job to take ourn back up.

  4. That’s how it should be, but sometimes a “war of the Roses “occurs , in September my first ever grandchild is due, my daughter more of a passive Charlton sympathiser, she resides in “The Grey zone” south west of Bromley, her neighbour and many of her friends have all sworn allegiance to the blue and red stripes, her husband from “down under” is an avid follower of Essenden Aussie rules team, no prospective alliance there
    so my task is to rescue my future grandson, (been confirmed) from “glad all over” Selhurst Park
    and ZAHA and ten other blokes, I shall start with the “baby kit” I am reliably informed an inferior blue and red has already been purchased by a resident of the “Arthur Waite stand so I need to move quickly, and I can sing him to sleep with all our wonderful songs, my task is clear, plans drawn up, come September the Crusade begins, of course that’s after a very successful and alcohol infused day at Wembley, ONWARD!!!!!

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