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RIP Doctor Kish

Devastating news today of the passing of Chris Thompson, the one and only Doctor Kish.

It’s been a truly dreadful year for the Charlton community, and Chris, or Ketts as he was also affectionately known is another very sad loss to the Addicks’ family. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends, one of whom is Phil, who wrote a lovely tribute to Chris here.

I had met Chris a few times, mostly at a train station or outide a chippy, but we emailed often and he was a great source of blogging inspiration, when that ‘can’t be bothered to blog wave’ would crest over the top of me, he was always there with encouragement.

Doctor Kish came out of the embers of Frankie Valley, which was innovative and funny whereas Doctor Kish was almost a Charlton trademark – simple, informed, distinct.

Like Seb Lewis, Chris never missed a game and would travel all over the country from his Kettering home to watch Charlton and then get home with a cup of tea and knock out a daily blog post.

Life at the moment is not the same, and Charlton certainly won’t be without Doctor Kish. RIP Chris.

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. RIP Chris.
    Always a good read.

    September 16, 2020
  2. Chris Newman #

    My family and I were so sorry to hear the sad news. In normal times we sat in the East stand and had known Chris for some years. He was always such a good read, we will miss his contributions and home game chats.

    September 16, 2020
  3. Rob Smith #

    Although I have never met Chris I was very saddened to hear this news and I pass my condolences to his family and friends. I have followed his blogs since I can remember. He is a huge loss to everything Charlton. Once an Addick always an Addick. RIP Mr Kish.

    September 16, 2020
  4. peter knowles #

    Sad news always looked forward to his log,will be sadly missed

    September 16, 2020
  5. Paul Wainwright #

    So sorry for your family and friends….you will be missed and always remembered. Thank you for all you did for us supporters may you rest in peace bless you

    September 16, 2020
  6. Richard Powell #

    So sad to hear this tragic news I have followed this site since Frankie Valley, best wishes to his family and friends. Richard

    September 16, 2020
  7. M Walden #

    I posted this on CL and ITTV, so sharing my thoughts here as well-:

    I’m shocked and gutted and completely stunned. I knew Chris we used to speak on the phone and occasionally met at the Valley when I could get down there. I also sent stuff to him for his blog, I was only in contact with him the week before last! A couple of weeks ago he contacted me about losing his beloved Labrador at the age of 14, he was devastated and I sent him a link to a poem called Rainbow Bridge, which he read and shared with his family. He only brought the ashes of Max home at the end of August and said they felt lost without him. We spoke about TS and the goings on at the club last on 3rd September. Chris was a wonderful man with his family and Charlton as his life. He had a knee operation earlier in the year and was waiting for another that was postponed because of Covid! He often went to games with his grandson, and would always be at the ground early.
    Chris, I’m shocked, you were a very good man and in the short few years we knew each other it was a distinct pleasure. My thoughts and prayers to his wife and family at this really sad and awful time.
    RIP Dr Kish life will be poorer without you, I’m gonna miss our chats. God bless you sir.
    Truly stunned
    Malc x

    September 16, 2020
  8. Doug Morrison #

    Hi CA
    I just re-read your Chris Thompson piece following his untimely leaving the Valley.

    For about 18 months, I became his “Favourite Glaswegian” and wrote many a column for his
    addicted Addicks blog after I sent him a pitch re: Stevie Gerrard’s attempted and ultimately successful poaching of Aribo.

    A fan of now 67 years, I never met Chris but felt as if I did.

    So, CA, as you say, RIP Chris.

    Doug Morrison

    September 26, 2021
  9. Hi Doug. Chris was and still is a great loss to the Charlton community.

    September 26, 2021

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