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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Its not over 'til the fat bloke sings...

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004


What exactly have I done to deserve this. I went to Sellout Park, I went to Upton Park, I sat in the North Stand on the day we returned to the Valley. I've contributed to Valley Gold. This season I've paid out for 3 season tickets for the 6th year running, I've had my season ticket since before we returned to the Valley. Beyond everything I am so bored of watching Curbs' Charlton, the don't inpire me, excite me, they play passionless, tedious, defensive football and above all they do it badly and quite frankly I've had enough.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

How much for your grandmother Mr. Dein?

Interesting developments over Ashburton Grove way with the news that Arsenal have signed a sponsorship deal with Emirates Airlines worth a much needed £100m. For their money Emirates get a shirt sponsorship deal for 8 years and a stadium named after them for 15 years. Which got me to thinking, we could do with a few more quid in the bank and after all everybody seems to be doing it - lets auction the name of our stadium off for a few years. Of course, any name would have to incorporate Valley into its title and we're not to entertain bids from Stelios - Easy Valley it may be but lets not advertise the fact - or Jordan (sorry for this one - Silicone Valley). So what do we reckon, we're not Arsenal, so we're probably looking at being able to command at a minimum say £1m-per-year, that's easy money surely?

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Lets Kick Parker Into Touch

Right, I'm having my twopenneth. Selling Parker was always going to be the biggest mistake in recent Charlton history, Curbs and the board no doubt realised this but were put in such a position by Spotty, his agent and Chelski that they felt they had no choice but to sell him. As far as I'm concerned, thats it, end of. Curbs is a manager that - as has been demostrated - will freeze out a player for nothing more than a few heated words. I can't honestly see Curbs ever wanting Scott back at the club and rightly so, no matter how good he was for us, he's burnt his Stamford bridges, now lets move on. If we're in the market for ANOTHER midfielder and Charlton old-boy, why not Bowyer, who is a better player and who has been wasted in wide positions at Leeds and Newcastle?

Charity Begins Away From Home

Oh well, 4-nothing away to a rampant Arsenal, whose current side is the greatest club side in history. Cue ridiculous calls for the dropping of Deano again even when it was Euells appalling distribution that dropped us in it for the first and the other half of the dynamic duo, Kish treated us to another half-performance. Gee thanks guys. One thing I would like to see Deano change is his charitable donations - I'd like to see him give 50 quid for every goal he lets in as well as for every clean sheet.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Getting Better

Been a while, I know but those of you with small children will appreciate that my precious time can usually be better spent than pontificating on the subject of the beautiful game.

So, what's been happening? Well sadly, dear old Cloughie passed away a great man and great character. The Sun could have printed several editions on the back of Brian Clough anecdotes, my favourite was recalled on 5Live the day he died. Speaking to Duncan Burns one of the presenters recalled that Clough had once fined Duncan £25 for a bad pass he'd made, square across his own area. 'No', Duncan corrected, it was £50. If we could get something similar going down the Valley some of our lot would be paying for the pleasure of playing.

A tough game at Grimsby meant we got away with a 2-0 victory and a draw against ****** in the next round. A tough game for sure, but these things aren’t supposed to be easy are they? The big difference is that it seems this year Curbs is paying more than just lip-service to the competition by putting out a first team rather than chucking in a few fringe players and lamely attempting to convince us that he's taking it seriously.

An excellent point up at St. Andrews and an improved showing against Blackburn on Monday. Nice to see Curbs has taken my advice and done away with the services of the Dynamic Duo of Kish and Euell in midfield. One does wonder where Jase goes from here. Wasn't it only a couple of weeks ago when he was interviewed on the 'big screen' that he told us that he and Curbs had decided the best place for him to play was in the middle of the park? The balance of the side looks so much better with Murphy and the man from Morocco in the middle. And what a joy to see Graham Stuart playing his second game in a week and 'covering every blade of grass'.

I do find it bizarre though that the team on Monday night showed 5 changes from the starting line-up against Bolton, just eight games ago, the beginning of the season when you're supposed to know your best starting eleven aren’t you?

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

No more heroes

Talking of Deano, is he the only Hero we have left at the club? Where have our Robbos, Kinsellas, Rufi , Steve Browns, Bowyers, Mendoncas, P*****s gone? HH has some guile about him and seems to care and perhaps Jeffers has the making but too many of the rest seem fit to take the several-thousand-pounds-a-week and have done with it. Even the Valley faithful have had the life sucked out of them. Are we setting ourselves up for a fall here? With an 'unsackable' manager and his 'I don't need the crowd to tell me…' comments, what I'd like him to tell US is - exactly what is the Big Idea here Curbs? What's your master plan? Because from where I'm sitting things have been slowly falling apart since we lost and failed to replace Andy Hunt. Slowly we've whittled away and failed to replace the heart in our side, Robbo, Kinsella, Brown etc. Why have we now got a side that 'couldn't pass water (your words Curbs)' for 80 minutes and more than that don't seem too bothered by it. I could go on - so I will. What's the obsession with goalkeepers? What's with buying so many crocks and being unable to re-abilitate our own walking wounded within less than 9 months? Why does Jason Euell have to start every game? Why did you play JJ and Misbie up front for the closing stages of last nights game - did you think it was suddenly going to work? I don't expect us to win the league, or anything else come to that - but I would like to see my beloved team a) at least care or even look as if they care and b) pass the ball.

Poke in the eye anyone?

I've always tried to find a positive in a negative situation so it was nice - after my daughter accidentally poked me in the eye last week and scratched my eyeball causing me several days of pure agony, antibiotics and sleepless days (and nights) - to stay home last night and listen to the coverage of the Southampton game on 5 Live. From the sound of the Valley faithful it would seem there would have been others who'd rather stick pins in their eyes than watch another game like that. Buoyed though I was to discover the Feessh was suffering not too dissimilar problems with his peepers and the Perry had returned from exile, I knew better than to expect anything other than more of the same dreary, uninspiring fare that we are fast getting used to. Is it becoming apparent that the second-half performance against Villa was the exception rather than the rule? Claridge & Co seemed dumbstruck by our performance, unfortunately I've come to expect it. Another positive though, nice to see Deano stick one-in-the-eye for the cafcpicks pollsters and earn us another point.

Monday, September 06, 2004

The Deadwood Stage

I can only think that the handful of Charlton supporters who voted in the cafcpicks poll for Stephan Andersen to replace Deano in goal wouldn't know a decent goalkeeper if he was cast in bronze and stuck up outside the Valley. See that David James, Englands number 1 - he's a bad keeper. When he played for Watford he was awful, Liverpool had their fill of him and he took West Ham down. See that Dean Kiely, Charltons number 1, kicking is a bit dodgy, but his goal keeping has earned us as many points as our goal scorers in the last few years. Look in front of Deano if you want to find the reason behind our dreadful new season away form - Fish, Fortune, Kish, Euell.

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