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No, thank you Josh Cullen

Josh Cullen said his goodbyes to Charlton yesterday, but it is us that should be thanking him. I would firmly put the West Ham midfielder at the top of the list of loan players I have seen come and go in my thirty-plus years as a fan.

Cullen has an undying desire to make it at West Ham and I really hope he does, but wherever he ends up those fan’s will be picking up a gem of a player and a thoughtful and determined young man.

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Cullen signs Hammers extension

Josh Cullen fresh from his comeback game last night for the Addicks announced that this month West Ham have triggered a one year extension to his existing deal meaning that the midfielder will not be out of contract this summer.

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Inexplicable

Inexplicably over this Christmas season we play on a Monday night in the East Midlands and then, worse on a Thursday night in South Wales. Both work days. Thank you Sky Sports 🙏.

Since that extraordinary day at Wembley we have not won on the box in six attempts after Sky suddenly came across us after our scintillating start to the season. 750 Addicks will travel to Pride Park tomorrow evening as Bowyer’s men look to build on 5 points in the last 3 games.

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Cullen is back

Josh Cullen is back in the building, but with just one day of the summer transfer window left there’s plenty of room for more.

Charlton announced the second season loan for 23-year old Cullen today, who I assume failed to impress West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini enough in pre-season to gain a Hammers’ squad number for the coming season. Many Hammers’ fans, possibly desperate for a bit of famed West Ham academy talent to break through, seemed bemused by the decision, but their loss is our gain, and Lee Bowyer mirrored the excitement of fans the latest signing brought.

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Depressing

Is it possibly the worst ever time to be a Charlton supporter?

Taking Charlton in isolation. Depressing with a forecast of further stormy times ahead.

But let’s look around us. Crystal Palace tomorrow play in a repeat of the 1990 FA Cup Final. The face-painted Palace ultra’s will stain Wembley again for the second time in a matter of weeks. That Charlton butcher Pardew played in the 1990 Final, in fact it was two games as United won in a Wembley replay. Mark Bright, John Salako and one for the older statto’s, David Madden also played in both games.

Palace at Wembley in the Cup Final. At least here I can bury my head in the sand. Depressing. As is the amount of money they are banking as they move to a different stratosphere to us financially. But we live in hope that Super Alan Pardew will f**k it up again.
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Poyet joins West Ham

Diego Poyet will sign a 5-year contract with West Ham later today. Poyet who turned down a new contract at The Valley after playing just 23 first team games had a choice of Premiership teams to join as well as Monaco and Borussia Dortmund on the continent, but has chosen to continue his career under Sam Allardyce at Upton Park.
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Olympic disadvantage

There has been a lot of recent conjecture about season ticket renewals amongst Addicks. Since the return to The Valley the club has done an excellent job of marketing and pricing season tickets just right in encouraging supporters to commit up front to home games. Much of this loyalty and not insignificant financial undertaking has been due to the bond between fan and board, a bond that no longer exists. Ironically this is all against the backdrop of the best supporter bond between manager and player for many a year.

Last week a couple of news stories made me concerned about the future of our fan base. West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium was confirmed at significant cost to the local council and the taxpayer and not an awful lot to the club. For example I’d be surprised if the ÂŁ2m a year in rent even covers the maintenance. Plus the sale of Upton Park will more than pay for the Hammers’ outlay of ÂŁ15m. Gold and Sullivan are not at silly as they look.
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Hammered

I have too many West Ham mates to be cock-a-hoop about the Hammers’ relegation yesterday although the light aircraft that flew over Wigan’s ground just after their equaliser you have to admit was funny and cruelly timed.

The Hammers have knocked on the relegation trapdoor a few times since they got promotion under Alan Pardew in 2005, but for me this season the writing was on the wall. It is said that new owners Messrs Gold and Sullivan budgeted for relegation. Well they pretty much confirmed those expectations by then appointing Avram Grant. Yesterday at the final whistle the porn brothers showed their class by sacking Grant as he walked down the tunnel after seeing his players throw away a 2-goal lead.
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