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  • Re: The Rooney Rule

    Management is bias towards people of height, how many midget football managers do you see? 1 should be interviewed for every job
  • Bringing Down The Regime

    There have been one or two references in recent days to the relative contribution made towards the demise of Duchatelet and Meire by the various protest groups. As someone who has been heavily involved in the protests I would like to offer a personal perspective on this.

    Such references are missing the point. And here's why.

    As the instigator and co-manager (with @Curb_It ) of the protest fund, I have been one of the CARD organisers since its inception. In my view, CARD has been particularly adept at mobilising large numbers of people, in devising unique and eye-catching ways to make their point, and in clever engagement with the media to maximise publicity. The number of press column inches and the amount of airtime devoted to our protests, despite Charlton being such a relatively small club, has been truly astounding. I have seen first hand the huge amount of work that has gone into driving the protests and I have nothing but admiration for my colleagues, both on the CARD organising group and amongst the large numbers of volunteers that have regularly given up their time to help.

    I have equally huge respect and admiration for our friends in the Belgium 20/RoT. They have expended a huge amount of energy and not inconsiderable personal finances to take the fight to Duchatelet in Belgium on a regular basis. They have been determined, dogged and courageous. Although CARD and the Belgium 20 have liaised frequently and indeed worked together on the unity protest in Belgium last March, there have been some differences of opinion and approach. But that’s fine, because the actions of each group are focused entirely on the removal of the hated Duchatelet regime and are complimentary in nature.

    And WAR? That sprang out of the disgust of our female supporters for the “misogony” lie peddled by Meire and her cronies. Have you noticed how quickly the regime and their PR advisors dropped that one? A very effective counter measure.

    Nor should we forget the groups that were formed very early in the struggle, such as Spell It Out and the Anti-Roland Campaign. Without these, arguably the later protests would not have had such large followings.

    Then there are the boycotters, who arguably made the greatest sacrifice of all giving up coming to watch the club they love play in the stadium they love. And those fans who added to the financial pressure on the club by rationing attendances, boycotting commercial outlets etc.

    This is not an exhaustive list of all of those involved at any stage of the protests but is rather intended to illustrate just how much all of the various groups have contributed in their own way to the imminent end of the Duchatlet era.

    At the end of the day, it isn’t about who did the most. It’s about what we did together. Because, when the tragic and disastrous reign of Duchatelet is finally over and the story is written, it won't be about this protest group or that protest group -it will be about how Charlton fans united once more to fight for the heart and soul of the club. And win. Anyone who played a part in this, and there are thousands upon thousands of them, will be able to stand proud and say that they “got their Charlton back”.
  • Re: Wigan v Charlton - Post Match Thread

    At the match

    The weather was kind to us this side of the Pennines and there was no need for us to have worried yesterday about the match taking place with not a snow covered roof in sight. It was not freezing cold but the stiff breeze made it chillier and the pitch was quite firm

    Much to my surprise a couple of names appeared on the team sheet who had been rumoured injured, namely Marshall who started RM and Ricky on the bench. Lennon came in at CB to partner Sarr with Konsa switching to RB and Dasilva LB. The other four in Midfield were JJ, Kashi, Aribo and Magennis LM. KAG was the lone front man.

    Both teams started cautiously and it very much resembled a training match with little flair or goalmouth action in the first half. We contained well but offered little attacking threat with KAG chasing shadows. What chances there were, were created by the oppo as a few crosses fizzed across the six yeard box but I can't really recall Amos being unduly troubled. Kashi (harshly booked by that w*nker Kettle) was back to his more confident self and our new CB pairing mostly did ok but Sarr was playing right side and not being on his favoured side it showed occasionally. Same as Pearce, Lennon doesn't do the fancy stuff and prefers to hit it long which suited our 4-5-1 / 4-1-4-1 formation for KAG to hunt down. JJ and Aribo toiled manfully and Marshall and Josh paid more attention to the defensive responsibilities than offering much of an attacking threat. The best chance and I think our first shot of the night fell to KAG in first half stoppage time, who although reacted slowly afterJJ put him through with a ball over the top, managed to get in front of his defender but failed to work the keeper, favouring the side netting again.

    Second half we seemed to start 4-4-2 with Magennis pushed up and went at them trying to take them by surprise to get our noses in front but soon we reverted to spoiling and time wasting tactics that you hate as a home fan when on the receiving end. Everyone put a shift in it wasn't pretty and at times we rode our luck but the onus was on the home team to break us down and they never lived up to my expectations of the team that tore us a new one at the Valley or the magnificent seven they racked up on Boxng day. They were mediocre to say the least. Further bookings ensued for Josh and Sarr for blatent time wasting which made the natives very restless; you're the league leaders Wigan deal with it!

    Our best chances of the second period were a Kashi free kick which just missed the left hand postage stamp that he faced and a breakaway by KAG from his own half which narrowly missed the far post as he shot from an acute angle.

    At the other end we had a few scary moments when Amos came past his penalty spot for an up and under got clattered but no foul given and we scrambled the ball away and a couple of balls over Lennon in the box who it transpires was injured as he could not seem to jump. Djiksteel came on for Lennon in the 80th min and did well with his height and pace, pleased for the lad. Holmes had earlier been introduced to replace Marshall on 70 neither of whom looked 100% fit. Ricky made a few trade mark runs and took one awful free kick late on in one of our few attacking plays and sent the ball over everyone for a goal kick; just get it in the mixer ffs! Five minutes injury time which we managed to see out and take a most unexpected point from the proceedings.

    Two hundred plus hardy Addicks made the journey, some shorter than others for us Northern based these days, and made more noise than the home support for most of the game, well done to one and all. See you at Bury when hopefully the rest of the circus will have pulled out of town.

  • Re: Meire to step down as CEO!!!!! :-)

    Katrien Meire has decided to stand down from her roles as CEO and Director of Charlton Athletic and will leave the club at the end of the month.

    Meire joined Charlton as CEO in January 2014, supporting the work of the first team and academy management and leading the club’s off the field day-to-day management.

    Speaking about her decision Katrien Meire said: “This has personally been a very difficult decision to make as I love working for the club with all the terrific staff at The Valley and Sparrows Lane but I believe I need a new challenge. I’m very grateful for my time here at Charlton. I wish the fans, staff and club every success and I will always keep an eye out for the results.”

    Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet said: “It is with regret that the board of directors accepted Katrien’s resignation earlier this month. I want to thank Katrien for her loyal service and commitment. We are sorry to see her go and wish her well for the future.

    “We will now be reviewing our management structure. Katrien will leave at the end of this month but we’re not looking to directly replace her as we’re currently in talks with various interested parties regarding a potential takeover of the club.

    “In the meantime, both Richard Murray and myself will take up a more active role, with Richard liaising with the current senior management team regarding the daily management of the club.”

    Director Richard Murray said: “I was very surprised when Katrien told me she is stepping down and I am sad to see her go.

    “The news of a potential takeover will obviously attract attention. However, we must look forward and our focus still remains on getting promotion to the Championship this season.”

  • Christmas Day TV Film Watch 2017

    Back by popular demand ;-)

    I will continue the recommendations till Jan 2nd



    17.50 - ITV 2 --- Happy Feet

    19.45 - ITV 2 --- Skyfall

    20.00 - More4 --- Les Miserables

    21.00 - 5Star --- There's something about Mary ----- BEDSADDICKS FILM OF THE DAY

    21.00 - Film 4 --- Kingsman : The secret service

    21.00 - ITV 4 --- The Dirty Dozen

  • Re: Fire at London Zoo

    A couple of fire flys getting all hot and bothered.
  • Re: Roland Duchatelet ready to sell Charlton - (Page whatever)

    Spent an evening hosting Billy Beane once. Nice enough guy for a man who has been portrayed in a movie by Brad Pitt. Likes his chewing tobacco and fly fishing. I have mentioned this before on the forum, but didn't get many likes so am seeing what i can harvest from a second pressing.
  • Re: The Ashes 2017-18

    Gabba Gabba Gabba – Day 1 – Business Commences

    I woke up jaded this morning after 5 hours’ sleep in Brisbane, but soon felt fine as I prepared for the battle at The Gabba. I hadn’t realised it was a 10am start. I strode towards the ground in a purposeful and, dare I say, a business-like manner. There was business to do. Indeed, I am reminded of Geoffrey Boycott, who on arriving in Australia for the first time, wrote ‘Business’ in the box on his immigration card for the ‘purpose of visit’. A few hours earlier, I had ticked the tourism box, but it felt like business as I approached The Gabba.

    When I heard that England had won the toss, I expected a morning of fearsome deliveries whistling past the ears of our heroes. There was ten minutes of fanfares, National Anthems et al and we were ready to go. The first ball to Cook was delivered to a deafening roar, followed a big ‘ooh’, but the ball past safely past Cook. The second ball was the same. The third ball was a softer ‘ooh’, but the same ball and then we were down to business as usual and a crowd that was less vociferous than I had expected.

    The hype about Starc and Hazlewood looked nothing more than, well, hype as the England openers played the first two overs comfortably. Then, Cook became statuesque and an edge meant that we were 2 for 1 (or 1 for 2, if you come from Aussieland). I feared the worst, but there was no need as Vince and Stoneman looked comfortable all the way to lunch. Don’t get me wrong, the Aussies bowled well and very tidily, but I’ve seen scarier stuff from Jofra.

    Lunch in Brisbane seems to involve drinking as much beer as you can in 40 minutes. It’s gassy stuff and nowhere as nice as a pint of Harveys at Hove. But, there was no rush as weird rain fell on The Gabba. In every direction, there were blue skies but for an hour a dark cloud sat over the ground and steady drizzle fell. The ground staff looked lackadaisical and the covering of the square looked inadequate, but once the rain stopped we were back playing far more quickly than in England. Perhaps, it’s drier rain than at home.

    Vince and Stoneman continued slowly but started to gather some momentum, but it was the last momentum for some time until a six from Mooen Ali late in the day. I learnt from an Aussie sitting next to me that Nathan Lyon is nicknamed Garry as there is a Garry Lyon who plays Aussie Rules Football, but that it’s OK to call him Larry, Barry or Harry as well. And, not only names that rhyme with Garry but anything that ends in -y or -ie. No, I don’t understand either.

    Vince survived a dropped straightforward caught behind chance, but Stoneman got a nasty one and was bowled for a resolute 50-odd. Those flashing bails are horrible when it’s your batsmen that is out, but so much fun when an opposition batsmen is out. Paine, behind the stumps for the hosts, obviously loved seeing those flashing bails as he whipped off the bails regularly after his missed chance. His lack of practice at keeping wicket seemed to extend to a memory loss that the batsmen actually had to be out of his ground to be stumped.

    Things settled again until Vince needed my body rather than his own. I would never even have considered a single to just wide of cover (assuming I was capable of planting a crisp shot wide of cover), but he thought his youth would see him home. He told Root to go, Root went, but he didn’t make it home and he went – back to the hut. A real waste after an impressive 83 that I had not expected if I’m honest.

    Malan and Root then took us through our worst period of the day in my book. It’s a fine line between being sensible/cautious and getting bogged down, but a siege mentality crept in as Malan and Root looked to survive as Frankie Lyon wheeled away for over after over cheaply and the seamers bowled very tidily but no more than that. Nothing was whistling past the ears as I had expected.

    Root went LBW thanks the modern technology which brought in Mooen Ali at 163 for 4. I feared another wicket or two in the last hour of play, but Ali scattered the close fielders with a six and a couple of blows and Malan came out of his shell to join him. Malan looked more relaxed without his skipper as partner. England battled back as the Aussies tired a little. Malan got his pads in the way of one going down the legside at the death from Starc and managed to convince the Aussies that it might be LBW – good trick, Dawid – a wasted Decision Review.

    Besides the failed Mexican waves and a shouting match between a few Aussies and a few Poms, it was a generally subdued 35000 crowd. Not many runs, but fascinating cricket. The post play verdict from both sets of fans was that they would have liked better. Day two should be interesting.
  • Re: Charlton vs Rochdale: post match views

    General thoughts

    - We didn't respond that well - initially - to going a goal down. When they hit the inside of the post I was pretty fearful. Thankfully our heads didn't drop much further. However, this has been a worrying trend throughout the season - conceding and we lose it a bit mentally.
    - However, all credit to the fans - we played our part in upping the tempo. There was a tangible response.
    - We looked pretty tired and lethargic in all honesty. There were clearly flashes of Good Football (capital G, capital F) but this was tempered by it being a second game in four days.
    - We need to get in a couple of more physical players. Not to say we should start them/replace any of our current players, but we do not have the players to adapt the system accordingly when teams target us physically/aerially.
    - The squad in general, therefore, remains way too thin.


    - Rochdale aren't actually that good. Keith Hill set them up to outmuscle us and they did so much of the time. The basic lack of height in this side is a relatively significant trade-off for the technique of, say, Dasilva/Marshall/Holmes, but one that is currently working. If possible we might need to have a couple of "big man" options come in, just for the particularly combative games, similar to how Sarr went to LB for the last few minutes today.


    - JFC was excellent. Two very important goals - and that's six points (including Bradford) I would say he's earned the side, at least. Kashi alongside him got caught in possession a couple of times and nearly undercut several passes that scared the life out of me.
    - Reeves disappointed. He doesn't look fit. But there's a player in there. Conversely, KAG looked miles better, but still not really good enough. His energy and charging about, however, did lead to our goal in a contextual way.
    - Konsa and Sarr were by and large excellent. Sarr is either a fantastic or terrible passer. But overall, he had a good game, and Konsa was understated but still not bad at all.
    - Solly and Dasilva both had good games down the flanks. They looked like how we've seen them play in previous games, basically. Nothing insightful to add!
    - Amos with two magic saves played his part in winning the game, too, alongside JFC. Did well and communicated with his defence very well which was reassuring. I'd love to see us go in for him in the summer, but wages is the question.
    - Marshall looked better today, forcing the second goal and causing panic with both dribbles and a few crosses (more than he was on Saturday at least). Holmes is looking a bit too selfish at the moment, and he had a couple of slightly casual moments, but he's just so mercurial it seems churlish to criticise one of the few genuine game-winners I've seen play for us in recent years.
    - Magennis did a sterling job up front. Tried very hard and gave their defenders hell, but didn't really get much and wasn't able to force too much to go his way.

    In summary

    Pleased. We played average but won and that is the sign of a half-decent team. However, a few underlying issues don't seem to have yet been resolved, and we need to rectify the mental situation when we go a goal down.

    Onwards and upwards!
  • Re: Roland Duchatelet ready to sell Charlton - (Page whatever)

    He's selling.

    If nothing else comes from this thread of almost 150 pages, at least we can take away this one fact: he's selling.

    He may not be selling today, or this week, or this month. But, he's selling.

    We all want to know who the new owners are, what the price will be, how much money they've got, what their plans are, who we might sign and what is going to happen to The Valley. All of these remain firmly up in the air. But there's one, cast-iron fact we know: he's selling.

    He won't want to lose more money. Despite how some people present the opportunities to offset losses against tax, he doesn't want to lose more money. No-one does. It's a stain on his business record, it's a loss to his prestige, it's a drag on his resources and it's a diminution of his - and his family's - wealth. So, either sooner or later, there is no doubt, whatsoever: he's selling.

    I want to know when and I want to know what's next. But, I can wait. And, if he's reading this, I have one message for him - I can wait longer than you, Roland. Not least because, unlike you, Roland, I have nothing to lose.

    And that's why this thread - despite being inconclusive on a number of issues so far - is so heartening, uplifting and positive. Because, sooner or later, there's no doubt about it now: he's selling.