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Happy New Year

As I sit here drinking coffee at my kitchen counter in Sarasota tired from overdoing it on New Year’s Eve Eve, I am pretty pleased to put 2022 in the books.

Normality returned to life as we knew it in 2022 after two pandemic impacted years allowing us to remember again how to do the simple things we took for granted.

I often had to remind those around me, and myself that in times of hassle and intensity, that it was these moments that we’d missed. I love being busy and slightly living on the edge of unorganized and spontaneous, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Work is called work for a reason, and this past year was no different to others in recent times, and I’ve reaped the benefits that go along with sleepless nights and long hours.

Yet, it was non-work work that got me down. Outside contributors, noise and scrutiny. All job related, and for probably the first time in my working life there were morning’s when I didn’t jump out of bed looking forward to what the day brought.

Bermuda can be insular at times, and I probably have not lived by my rule of getting off the island regularly since the pandemic ended. Seeking oxygen and anonymity in different places are a key to survival to living on an island in the ocean.

This is all coming to a head, and 2023 will bring exciting and refreshing changes for me and my family.

Charlton Athletic sadly has not been the pleasurable distraction it should be. Whilst older age has meant my weeks are not ruined by a dreadful Saturday result…. I am normally over it by the time Scotty, Curbs and Brownie sign-off…. the future of something I have loved since 1975 is once again in jeopardy. I don’t know how many black cats between us we must have run over, but surely we deserve a break.

Once again The Addicks and it’s fatigued band of dwindling supporters enter a new year with serious reservations of chancers and nobodies trying to take advantage of our famous football club.

All this while the football on the pitch is dreadful. Eight games without a win for the second time this season…. in League One! January has to bring change otherwise I seriously worry that history of the most alarming type may be made.

My family remain my shoulder to lean on and laugh with. My daughter, who is the busiest person I know, is doing great at school, and twice last year gave me moments that I won’t ever forget.

We were in Barbados twice to watch her represent Bermuda swimming firstly for the Caribbean Games in April then the larger Central American and Caribbean championships in July.

Seeing her stand on the podium with a smile as wide as the pool to receive a gold medal with the National Anthem playing had me in a bit of an emotional mess. Then a month or so back she won a prize at the national debate championships as she put arguments forth and tore apart ripostes at confident ease. I would be a bag of nerves playing a tree at the school play when I was her age, but she smashed it.

My son, ten years older, is smashing it too, at work. He is results driven, ambitious and astute. Just before Christmas he got himself onto the property ladder and bought his own flat in Larkfield. Just this morning he sent me his latest ‘video of the flat’ installment. He’s obviously still bloody untidy though.

Tonight I expect to be in bed well before the turn of midnight, but before that we have dinner booked in downtown Sarasota and prior we will explore the ‘Pineapple Drop’ Carnival on Main Street and later the fireworks at UTC before getting into the bed and pulling the sheets over 2022.

Finally, thank you for coming back to read my musings on all things Charlton and anything else that comes to mind. I really appreciate it, and especially those that give it a community feel by commenting.

Whatever simple pleasure you are doing tonight, enjoy it, and I wish you and your families a happy and healthy 2023.

55 Comments Post a comment
  1. David Evans #

    HAPPY NEW YEAR CA – 2023 has to be a big improvement at our dear club CAFC.

    December 31, 2022
    • Thank you for this blog. It’s extremely helpful and cuts through the loud noise that is CAFC commenters. You bring yourself in a human way. The way that sport should always be in my opinion. I’ve read for years but have never commented until now. Good luck with 2023 from Massachusetts.

      I have that song on repeat in my head… “Things can only get better…”

      December 31, 2022
      • Very kind Adam. Very best of luck for 2023.. Stay warm in MA.

        January 1, 2023
    • Starting today! Happy New Year David.

      January 1, 2023
  2. houndal #

    HNY CA to you and your family.
    Your blog is a source of great sustainment in these dark (and maybe sunnier) times at CAFC although I am very fearful.
    A great platform to let off steam and hoping it continues.
    I have lost the plot but am putting the Xmas bonus on us beating Pompey.
    Even though we are shite, then so are Pompey AND we have won 8/9 and the last 6
    times we have played them.
    I fully expect to lose, but then 3/1 odds too great to pass up.

    December 31, 2022
    • I always appreciate your comments and knowledge Houndal. Happy New Year. Enjoy your winnings 💷

      January 1, 2023
  3. Richard #

    Great post CA. Supporting Charlton has been a bit shit this year. Or should i say, more shit than usual, and i share your fears for our future.
    Good luck to you in 2023, and i look forward to reading about the changes that may be coming your way as we take another trip around the sun.
    Stay safe everyone else…up the addicks!

    December 31, 2022
  4. Steve Mitchell #

    HNY CA

    December 31, 2022
    • Hello Steve. Hope you had a lovely festive season. Hope to see you in 2023.

      January 1, 2023
      • Steve Mitchell #

        Hopefully. Any idea when you’re next over?

        January 1, 2023
  5. Nice sentiments CA. Hope 2023 is good for you and that our club’s fortunes take a turn for the better. Phil

    December 31, 2022
  6. Chris #

    Happy New Year to you and the family and let’s hope for a better 2023 for Charlton….let’s start at Portsmouth.

    December 31, 2022
  7. alofthevalley #

    Happy New Year to you and your family CA
    Let’s hope for a better year ahead for our club.
    I went to Oxford United the other night and do not wish to dwell on it…… there was a young lad waiting at the bus stop with his mates along us outside the stadium after the game who excitedly told me he had tickets for pompey and was going to Manchester United…..his enthusiasm was quite something to witness given the latest humbling defeat we had just succumbed to….and the serious prospect of relegation looming……. Needless to say I won’t be attending those two matches.
    Raising a glass to you all……
    Best wishes

    December 31, 2022
    • Happy New Year Alex. Love the enthusiasm of the young ‘un. The survival of the club needs those hopes and dreams.

      January 1, 2023
  8. Steph #

    Wishing you and your family a peaceful, healthy and Happy New Year 🥂
    As for Charlton, I fear for our future, and like so many of us who’ve witnessed so many years of turmoil, we can only live in hope 🙏
    I guess only time will tell…..

    December 31, 2022
    • Happy New Year Steph. Time will tell, but nice win this afternoon has raised the cloud for a bit.

      January 1, 2023
  9. Dennis Storey #

    Happy new year Chicago addick. Keep up the good work.

    December 31, 2022
  10. greg brown #

    Being an Addick since the days of Bailey, Haydock, Hewie, Tocknell and the likes, seldom have there been such down times that us, as supporters, have endured in the last few years.
    I am hoping that 2023 brings a turn around in our fortunes both off and on the pitch and that there is something in the near future for us all to be positive about.
    Having said that, I can’t help but worry about the current whispers and undercurrents about a takeover by sharks and shysters who have no regard for the history and future of our great club.
    My fingers will be tightly crossed for a good outcome in 2023.
    To you CA, your family, and everyone else reading this, I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

    December 31, 2022
    • Sorry and Greg and others wonderful posts and yeah since 1961 Tc all 555

      December 31, 2022
    • Bit more positive this afternoon Greg. Happy New Year to you and your family.

      January 1, 2023
      • Yes indeed, lets all hope it is a springboard for something positive, and thank you CA for the good wishes.

        January 1, 2023
  11. Richard Young #

    Cheers C.A,
    You are my sole source for match reports now, and I look forward to them very much although not as much this season for the obvious reasons. Tough times indeed.
    Also just very much enjoyed your year’s news in summary, strange the old internet isn’t it. I’ve never met you and probably never will but kinda feel like I have.
    Any road up, best to you and yours and let’s hope for better times down SE7 in 2023.

    December 31, 2022
    • Thank you for your kind comments Richard. The Blog since I started it yonks ago was always meant to be bit of a diary/whiteboard, so you probably do 😊

      January 1, 2023
  12. Daggs #

    Love this blog Chig. Keep it up.
    Larkfield eh! Just along the road from me.

    December 31, 2022
    • Thanks for reading Daggs. Yes, listen out for the groans at 5pm 😄. Happy New Year to you.

      January 1, 2023
  13. Shadow Play #

    Happy New Year to you CA and all other Addicks…thanks for running this forum and for keeping it going when I’m sure you have better/less stressful things to occupy your time and thanks for letting us ramble on below the line and indulging our hot takes.

    My feeling is that the end game for Thomas Sandgaard is nigh, something has to change, and then we will have the uncertainty of new owners. But after TS, ESI mark one and two and the dodgy owners before them I think we are due a break. With the right owners and some decent investment then we could push on, it’s almost certainly too late for this season though.

    I am going to be cautiously optimistic, why not?

    December 31, 2022
    • Well said CA and Shadow Play so far 555 xxx

      December 31, 2022
    • And thanks to you SP for your insightful comments…. And optimism. Happy New Year to you and your family.

      January 1, 2023
  14. Wonderful post and the wishes are the same for you and all 5555 xxx

    December 31, 2022
  15. Keith McNicoll #

    Thanks for all your posts and comments CA.
    It’s the first time I’ve responded but have been enjoying your views and insights.
    A Very Happy New Year and all good things for 2023! 👍

    January 1, 2023
    • Thank you Keith. Happy New Year to you and your family.

      January 1, 2023
  16. Eddie Sheehy #

    Thank you and good luck with all your trials and tribulations of the coming year. Your regular thoughts are much appreciated

    January 1, 2023
    • As are yours for reading them Eddie. Happy New Year to you.

      January 1, 2023
      • eddie #

        Your comments are always fresh and direct. As you are well aware supporting Charlton is not without it’s trials and tribulations. I was beginning to get dejected and you kept me on the straight and narrow. A great win today. I shall be at Man United so if you want a programme let me know

        January 1, 2023
        • Thank you Eddie. I enjoy writing, but writing about Charlton is mostly from the heart. Thanks for reading & yes, I’d love a programme!

          January 1, 2023
  17. Wayne R #

    Dear CA. Thank you for providing this platform for all we CAFC fans to let off steam. I am pleased for you that your children are giving you so much satisfaction…that is way more important than a football team in SE7.
    Happy New Year to you, your family and all fellow CAFC sufferers.

    January 1, 2023
  18. Happy New Year mate!

    January 1, 2023
    • Dave, Happy New Year to you and the girls. Hope to share a pint with you soon.

      January 1, 2023
  19. Mike #

    Happy New Year to you CA and your family and on the downside of CAFC, you had the far greater pleasure of watching your daughter perform and your son doing well, which puts everything into perspective! Congratulations to them both.

    In all these times of troubles your Blog keeps me going, it’s the only one I read, so lets hope your New Years blog has good news to say and make 2023 a better year for us all. Plus hopefully I will be able to attend most of the games left on my season ticket and not have to pay again to watch the present rubbish on video! 🙂

    January 1, 2023
    • That is true Mike. Football and Charlton was everything when I was younger. Different now, but they still get you don’t they! I hope you take your seat soon.

      January 1, 2023
  20. Mark #

    CA, your blog is a breath of fresh air and realism of all things Charlton – and unlike others you have a knack for hitting just the right note…
    In a week that has seen the death of Pele, not only the greatest footballer ever, but also a man of humility who never forgot his roots of his people, who could hold his own not only in the favellas but also on the world stage – the agents, shysters and chancers who are now hanging around football trying to find easy pickings to enrich themselves need to compare themselves to Pele. Huh, if only…. those people wouldn’t consider such a thing – if they did they wouldn’t even be on the same page, let alone close.

    FIFA, UEFA, the FA, the EFL and the rest should hang their heads in shame at what is going on within the game that we love – now it is all about money sadly as was proven by the Qatar World Cup with FIFA’s hands well and truly in the pot, as usual. What chance does a club like Charlton have of being protected from the sharks when the governing bodies are so blind in their own greed?
    As for our Government, where is the protection that they promised? The meetings have been held, deputations received…… and there it lies, just like so many other problems the country faces but are never resolved.

    I honestly fear for Charlton, a club I have also supported since the days of Wakeham, Hewie, Tocknell, Firmani, Peacock, Glover etc. I can no longer go and watch the dross on offer or read/listen to the c**p that our ‘wonderful’ owner comes up with (where is the promise of Premier League football within 5 years gone? Twang, like his guitar string I guess).

    My love for the game has diminished and is waning as the years pass but CA goes on and I wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year. Sounds like you are escaping from “the rock” – yes, such places do close in on you at times but I bet you’ll be back for holidays, after all the weather is largely enjoyable out there.

    Happy new year to one and all.

    January 1, 2023
    • Mark, totally agree with your view of the game. The only area where there are no chancers , spivs or outright fraudsters is in the lower reaches of the game where there’s no money for crooks to syphon off.

      After the last 10 yrs or so of let-downs and disappointments at Charlton it would almost be a relief to start again from a low point of administration to a lowly non-League status where a love of the club was the main driver.

      A club supported and run by fans and volunteers and with players who want to play. Tell Roland to poke his real estate. Tell “investors” they’re not wanted anywhere near the club but instead, ground share with clubs of similar status e.g Bromley, Welling.

      OK it wouldn’t be top class football but everybody involved would be there for the right reason.

      Happy New Year CA !

      January 1, 2023
      • Happy New Year Rick. Admin and re-birth has worked for some, but not for all. This club will survive because too many people care about it, but how it attracts the shysters I just don’t know.

        January 1, 2023
    • Happy New Year to you and your family Mark,, and thank you very much for your comments.

      January 1, 2023
  21. Nick #

    Thanks for the great blog, really enjoy reading these. I’ve been a Charlton fan for 35 years and have to admit the last few years have been the hardest.
    Thank you for the updates throughout the year and wishing you and your family a fantastic 2023.

    January 1, 2023
  22. LP #

    Wishing you and your family a fantastic 2023 CA. Agree with Rick above with all my heart. I woke up this morning wishing TS had never saved us. Really. I look at a lot of clubs who have re-invented themselves from the bottom up and think yes, give me some of that for MY club. Whilst I am thankful we have educated, literate people like Rick and Dave who care enough to be detectives on our behalf I have honestly had enough now. And as for our new manager and the debacle at Oxford- when, oh when, are we going to get anybody new arriving at the club (in any position actually) who will listen to people with experience of the club. Clearly Pearce and Hayes know the players – BLOODY LISTEN TO THEM!
    If you find me chained to the statue of Sam Bartram in protest against this latest set of blood-sucking leeches don’t be surprised. That’s if I’m not already sectioned for buying tickets for Old Trafford.

    January 1, 2023
    • Happy New Year to you and your family LP. If nothing else I hope it brings more optimism and hope. That is what supporting a football club is all about.

      January 1, 2023

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