I love that Alan Curbishley still calls Robert Lee ‘Robert.’ Over the years I have spent a fair bit of time with Rob(ert), I am good friends with his brother and absolutely everyone calls him Rob, accept Curbs and Addicks’ fans of a certain generation.
The turnstile operator, the 17-year old on the back of the programme, the lost contact lense, that was always Robert, but not to anyone else including his Dad who was born in Woolwich.
Anyway there are a couple of points to this. How good is the banter between Scott Minto, Curbs and the various players that have guested so far on Valley Live. Moreover how good and inspiring still is their kinship?
While Curbs, Minto, Brownie and a host of others talk sense and systems and methods, behind all that is a deep bond of feeling for the club. Without exception they all say “us” when talking about Charlton, and it has never felt forced or stiff.
My second point.. what we would give for a team, a squad that had that kindred spirit now.
This must be the most disconnected group of players we’ve seen since that Parky team, or the revolving door of mercenaries at the end of the Powell reign. I don’t sense any real lack of effort amongst this group, but what a startlingly bad transfer window has given us is a terrible hodgepodge of individuals.
There are a lot of ingredients in this squad, probably too many, but where is the recipe. Where is the special sauce? It ain’t there and this season sadly looks like petering away.
Whether Bowyer, and let’s not forget Gallen and Jackson, are trusted to build a promotion team in the summer only Thomas Sandgaard has that decision making power.
Yet Thomas is a little bit culpable. We haven’t heard from him for a while, but he will know that he needs to make better and more judicious decisions in the summer.
9 points to play for starting tomorrow evening.