A derelict Valley
Tough times for us Addicks, and no sugarcoating where we find ourselves, possibly heading for our lowest league finish since 1926.
Nonetheless it does do us good once in a while to think back to when the position of club was even more daunting.
1988 and incredibly we were playing in the country’s top league. 1987/88 was the season that we sent Chelsea into the play-off’s on the last day of the season. Some day that was!
That same season Rick Everitt, Steve Dixon and a cameraman took an uninvited tour of a derelict Valley, three and a half years after we had deserted it, and left a thing of beauty to rot.
Rick published the video taken in early 1988 and it is here. Watch the half hour video below and have a hanky close.
Often on a Sunday I’d say to my brother “shall we go for a drive?”
He knew what I meant and I would drive my old car with him sat next to me from Catford to Harvey Gardens and we’d ‘break-in,’ to what we still all considered our home. You didn’t have to break in of course as there were plenty of points of open entry.
We would walk and sit and watch and listen. It was eerie, it was sad, it was tragic.
Amazing to think we were back playing there four years later. Good things can happen, but sometimes you have to go through the bad times first.