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30 year old memories

Happy 30th anniversary Back to The Valley Day.

We’ll ignore how the team did their very best to bury any memories of a wonderful time in our history on Saturday. A penny for the thoughts of those real Charlton legends including the peerless Roger and Heather Alwen who had to sit through that tosh.

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Beer o’clock

Among the despondency, some positive news for Charlton fans today.

The club have announced a multi-year partnership with Greenwich-based Meantime Brewery. The brewery is near the Blackwell Tunnel approach and just a mile and a bit away from The Valley.

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Match day prices reduced

Fair play and top work from new Fan’s Advisor Lewis Catt in getting the owner of the football club to listen and study some applicable research on the pricing of tickets at The Valley.

Annoyingly the ridiculous £3 extra on match day stays, which for me personally was the biggest slap in the face, but prices will reduce for next seven games to £25 (zone two) and £30 (zone one) (more)

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Crowd troubles

What are the thoughts on attendance on Saturday?

Ordinarily with a good prevailing wind of optimism there’d be 20,000 at The Valley on Saturday, but I don’t reckon it will be anywhere near that.

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Fill The Valley

Slightly bemused by today’s match day price tickets announcement. Between £29 to £34 per home game for a seat in the majority of the stadium on the back of a horribly rising cost of living. Not to mention petrol prices and increasing interest rates. Do I need to go on. £34 for League One football? Where is Thomas getting his advice from?

All this on the back of the disastrous efforts to fill the 18,000 or so empty seats last season. No bad idea filling The Valley but a) make it a worthwhile product and 2) have a knowledge based marketing strategy and 3) price it accordingly.

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Self-esteem

Neil Harris must be rubbing his hands coming to us tomorrow night. I’m sure he can already smell the fear.

In the meantime somehow Jackson, his coaching team and the players have to face up to our demons and react like a wounded and cornered bear. The problem being is for weeks if not months we have showed no fighting qualities whatsoever. For those that talk of ability in the team, we’ve seen zero of that as similarly.

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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.

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My Top Five 2021 Favourite Places

🔝5️⃣. Next up on my look back at the year that wasn’t of 2021 is My Top Five Favourite Places. Not quite as limited on exploration as the year before, nevertheless the five were relatively easy to select.

There was nowhere new, but plenty of places revisited, one in particular was long overdue. Here are my 2021 Top Five Favourite Places 🌇

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New contract announcement

Not Jacko yet although Thomas Sandgaard has joined yours truly in the UK this week, so watch this space, but today it was Corey Blackett-Taylor who signed a new contract.

The 24-year old was initially signed until January but has had his contract extended until the summer of 2023.

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Sing a song for Sebbo

The Valley Seb Lewis mosaic looks fantastic and is a brilliant and lasting tribute to a fellow fan, but not just any fan. Seb sadly died due to Covid-19 in March, 2020.

Seb dedicated his whole life to following Charlton around the country. Not everyone knew him, or even knew of him, but he represented both the quirkiness and that special loyalty of being a Charlton fan. He was to coin a phrase – Proper Charlton.

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A week is a long time in football

As someone once said.

It is now a week until D Day, and I’m content, or at least accepting, that the club will require every minute of that whole week to make signings. It’s the way the window appears to work and the expectation is that the final day, hours and minutes of this summer’s will be extra chaotic.

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Back at The Valley

Good morning Addicks. How are we doing?

What a great feeling it is for Addicks’ fans to be back at The Valley, which other than for the odd Covid trial event, has sat ghost like for the past 17 months. It is been a weird time for everyone but routines will return this afternoon as friends and family gather to wake up this historic football stadium.

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2021/22 Season tickets announced

The announcement of new season tickets not only signals a sign of refreshed hope and ambition, but for next season it means so much more than that.

Thomas Sandgaard’s first proper season (with a pre-season) and hopefully Addicks back in our beloved Valley cheering the boys on. Normality mixed wih optimism and promise

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A statement to ourselves

A simple if expensive, but thoughtful idea for Nigel Adkins and his team to stay down in Devon on Tuesday night. A few chamomile and tea’s, a bit of supper and bed for the boys, even though the skipper had that beer glint in his eyes 👀.

It was a super win on Tuesday and (not for the first time) I lean towards Curbs’ view that this was not a win to send a statement to our rivals, but a win to send a statement to ouirselves.

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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.

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