Club before country
Let’s be honest if someone had told me before I went to bed Wednesday night that today Richard Murray and Charlton Athletic would accept an offer from a Peter Varney led consortium to purchase and invest in the club but England would not even make the 2nd Round of the 2018 World Cup host bid then I would have been absolutely delighted.
Peter Varney is what they call in London, SE7 ‘proper Charlton.’ A lifelong fan who in the past had worked tirelessly and unselfishly for the good of the club.
There is a strange but compulsive magnetism about being a Charlton supporter. Those that live far away or those that live across the street are emotionally drawn to the club in way that only those that have been introduced or inflicted will ever understand. Simply Peter Varney is one of us, as is Richard Murray.
One hopes that Murray and Varney can overcome any recent differences and can again work together with others to take us, if not once again to the promised land, then at least on a hopeful and exciting journey.
Today’s news is very exciting especially when you consider that dubious characters like Sebastien Sainsbury and Peter Risdale have been lurking around Floyd Road these past few months.
More will follow about the members of Varney’s consortium but you have to laugh that whilst BBC hacks like Dan Roan were derailing England’s World Cup bid, Sky Sports dropped into their coverage the Varney news.
I wonder how much blame will be put on the media after the FA’s embarrassment in Zurich today. The impassioned presentation from David Beckham et al sounded excellent but as I suggested yesterday I think Russia was already chosen. Sepp Blatter and the old duffers of FIFA will find plenty in common with the people of Russia I am sure and the African nations must be thrilled.
Following the same theme Qatar has been awarded the 2022 tournament. A November World Cup. Marvellous.
Sadly I will be almost 60 before England next get a chance to host the world’s greatest sporting spectacle. English football deserves better but then again we have probably got everything we deserve!
Nonetheless as the old conversation in the pub goes: “Would you rather England win the World Cup or Charlton the League title?” Well maybe, just maybe the answer to that might just become a little bit less of a pipe dream.