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My Top Five 2022 Favourite Places

🔝5️⃣ My next 2022 Top Five is places. Travel was better in 2022 if not extensive and if I tell you until recently Accrington was on my list, then that tells me I need to get out more..

We did a few trips, nowhere new or too far, but were lucky to sample some new parts of some old places. Here are my 2022 Top Five Favourite Places 🏞️

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Charlton Athletic 2 Barnsley 0

A very enjoyable day at The Valley yesterday with my son and a handful of mates. Pre-match I had a couple of beers with Dave, and then outside the ground bumped into fellow Bermuda Addick Matt.

The watching Charlton experience has been turned on it’s head since Christmas with whatever going on off the pitch for once being over-shadowed by what’s happening on it

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MacGillivray signs for Burton

It became two in and two out yesterday with Craig MacGillivray leaving the club on a permanent transfer to Burton Albion.

MacGillivray was Portsmouth POTY the season before he moved to us, but he never convinced and used to make me very nervous when the ball was at his feet. He wasn’t particularly dominant at set-pieces, but I am sure somewhere online you can find a compilation of great saves.

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Is Kane able?

Following hot on the heels of the signing of Macauley Bonne, Coventry’s Todd Kane has signed on loan until the end of the season.

Kane and Dean Holden give their thoughts here, but also there is a bloke called Thomas Sandgaard, who appears from the abyss, and shares his broad footballing knowledge with us fans. How we have missed his opinion..

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Richard Rufus jailed

This such a sad tale.

Ex-Addicks defender Richard Rufus has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years at Southwark Crown Court for fraud and money laundering. (more)

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Todd Kane and Macauley Bonne

I do think it’s funny. We have the Sandgaard black box and we brought in ace-wheeler-dealer Andy Scott, and who do we sign? An ex-player, who we tried to sign in August and a player we have at least been in for twice previously.

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Manchester United 3 Charlton Athletic 0

Very proud of the team and the fans this morning. I hope everyone gets back safely and the smiles stay on faces for a while.

It was testament to how well we were playing that Erik ten Hag felt the need to bring on Marcus Rashford, Christian Eriksen and Casemiro at 60 minutes. In return we brought on Eoghan O’Connell, Aaron Henry and Jack Payne.

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Red army

The last I saw was that we have now sold 8,700 tickets for Old Trafford Tuesday night. A quite incredible number, which even if boosted by mates and randoms still proves that the groundswell of support for a football club in our little corner of London is still there.

A supporter base that is generally dispirited, tired and fed up, but nothing a little bit of success (and a get-behind ownership) wouldn’t help rekindle.

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My Top Five 2022 Favourite Restaurants

🔝5️⃣ A little bit of annual self-indulgence so apologies in advance. My 2022 Top Five’s begin with food.

The restaurant industry is in recovery mode after the pandemic, but sadly restaurant closures in the UK have been worse since as owners wrestle with rising energy costs, staff shortages and simply people not having the disposable income to splurge on going out to dinner.

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Charlton Athletic 2 Lincoln City 1

An important win. The Portsmouth result would have meant nothing unless we followed it up today.

We deserved the win, but true to form we somehow almost blew it at the end. As the weather deteriorated so did our confidence and Lincoln came within inches of equalizing as we played an unexplainable 9 minutes of injury time.

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2,000 more Old Trafford tickets

This season actual home attendances have dwindled to possibly the lowest they have been since returning to The Valley 30 years as fans vote with their feet against poor displays, a boorish ticketing policy and a generally reckless and irresponsible ownership.

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JFC moves to Stevenage

The first piece of January transfer business sees an exit for Jake Forster-Caskey on a permanent deal to Stevenage.

After this season mostly being an outcast, the 28-year leaves the club having played 128 games for the Addicks, scoring 13 goals.

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Danny Cowley sacked

I watched, as I often do, the opposing manager’s post match interview yesterday and Danny Cowley was clearly very emotional after their defeat to us.

Steve Brown on CATV suggested that Cowley would be gone soon enough and that time was tonight.

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Portsmouth 1 Charlton Athletic 3

We do like a day out in Pompey don’t we..

Well, well. Happy New Year. What a pleasant surprise, and it will give us all a lift, but we have to now use this as a platform to move forward in what is a very important month.

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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.

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