Mike Norris RIP
Mike Norris’ name will always be synonymous with getting Charlton Athletic back to The Valley. Sadly the former director and vice chairman passed away yesterday.
Mike, a chartered surveyor by trade, was a lifelong Charlton fan, and was hugely important in the Sunley days of keeping the club alive in 1984. That of course meant that we had to go to Selhurst Park, but although there were then divergent opinions on the future of the football club among individuals at the time, Norris was always in the camp of returning the club back to borough of Greenwich.
Norris with Roger Alwen were responsible for buying a desolate Valley from the Gliksten family and then the controlling interest in the club from Sunley in 1988, which along with their ownership of the training ground gave the fans belief that a move back to The Valley or at least Greenwich would be feasible.
Norris then was key in openly engaging with fans who together started work on the long but eventually successful return to The Valley.
Today we find ourselves in a battle to rid ourselves of a man that does not care one iota about the history, the current or the future of our great football club. Mike not only cared and shared in the love of Charlton but he also got up and did something about it.
That is such sad news.
I met up with Mike about 8 years ago on a potential business venture and he is a thoroughly nice bloke. He is Charlton through and through and as you say at this time when we have people in charge of our club who do not care a hoot about us he was an absolute star.
There were of course difficult decisions and we can not always agree on how our club should be run but without people like Mike we wouldn’t have a Charlton today. He also played a vital part in our history by bringing Alan Curbs to the club as joint manager.
Keith, indeed it was Mike that appointed Gritt & Curbs. Very sad news.