The Alan Curbishley Stand
One of the many things Thomas Sandgaard has done right is doff his cap to the club’s history, and Friday’s annoucement that in August they are to commemorate the 30 years since Alan Curbishley first became manager of the club by renaming the East Stand after him, is a wonderful acknowledgement to one of Charlton’s greats.
For many Addicks’ Curbs gave us the best season’s and days out of our Charlton supporting lives. A journey that began alongside Steve Gritt at Upton Park just missing out on the play-off’s in their first season, and lasted for 14 further seasons, 7 of which were in the Premier League with a highest finish of 7th in 2002/03.
Curbs was also a graceful midfielder signed by Lennie Lawrence and was part of the team that won promotion to the countries top division for the first time in 29 years in 1986. Wasn’t is great by the way having Lennie and Curbs on Valley Pass yesterday?
Talking of Valley Pass, it has kind of reinvented Curbs, giving me a whole new appreciation of him. Not only his obvious love and admiration of the club, but his knowledge as well. It is also testament to Curbs’ stature and managerial ability of how guest players from that era constantly talk about his methods and tactics even now more than 20 years later.
Steve Brown is always using ‘what Curbs would do’ analysis during games. It is quite inspiring and eye-opening, and although the game has moved on so much in those 20 odd years, especially at the top level, it is still a mystery to me why he never worked again after leaving West Ham.
Anyway, a great tribute to a proud man who made us all proud to be part of the club. I can’t wait to sit in his stand one day soon.