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Danny Baker...

What a Mug!

"Where I live could not be bettered right now. To my left, hundreds of shell-shocked and hollow-eyed Charlton supporters roam the streets, not just like zombies but extra-ragged zombies who have just been told that their life savings are worthless, and to my right, legion upon legion of West Ham supporters, all in floods of tears and, between sobs, asking passers-by if they know the way to the 1960s.

Then there’s Charlton. They simply cannot believe it’s all coming to an end, whereas we more sober and shrewd observers are amazed that they’ve hung on in there so long. A difficult club to dislike, I always view Charlton’s presence in the Premiership as rather like that of the Major’s residency in Fawlty Towers. Bothering no one, really, they potter about, following the routines and drills, occasionally startling the other guests with an outburst but not doing much to enhance the overall glamour of the place. When they go, they won’t be missed and I don’t mean that in a spiteful sense but a literal one.

In a few years, a Manchester United or Liverpool or even Newcastle fan will be looking at the programme during half-time when, idly browsing the upcoming fixture list, will say: “What happened to that funny little team who used to pitch up here for a bit?” This will receive a silent response. “Come on,” he’ll continue. “You remember — played in red. Sweet side, very obliging. Fond of a new manager. Ground in the suburbs of London.”

Again there will be a pause until somebody has the penny drop. “Oh I know who you mean!” they’ll say. “Yes . . . yes . . . um . . . began with C . . . Cambridge. Chatham. No, Charlton! Charlton — that’s it. Why? They’re still with us, aren’t they?” And after much ruminating and searching of the table, it will be sadly agreed that they must have been relegated at some stage. Shame, that.

Actually, I have a terrific joke that I’m enjoying putting to Charlton fans right now. It concerns their sponsors, Llanera, who it turns out are a Spanish real estate firm and who have a prize draw to win a holiday home in every match-day programme. Well, here’s the thing. If you run into any Addicks supporters, ask if they are going to have a timeshare in the Premiership next season! They won’t laugh, of course, but you will.

But that’s the trouble with so many London supporters at the moment. Absolutely no sense of humour . . ."

From the Times.
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    Danny Baker - what a twat. This is just another re-hash of an article that he drags up every now and then when he can't think of any other gobshite to get away with.
    Doesn't seem to talk about Millwall much these days does he?
    We saw him once at Southwark Park during some festival and he was giving the large like he was actually famour for appearing on the Six O'Clock show and doing some local radio.
    Worst hairstyle in the world as well.
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    He's always had a weird grudge against us. I think he became one of those media Millwall fans who use hatred of us as some kind of test as to how hard they are.

    Shame, since his and Danny Kelly's stuff is usually pretty good in Times.
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    The prick killed Bob Marley fer gawd's sake! He's a heathen. ;-)
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    edited November 2010
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    Most BBC employees have their name as the address, so it's probably danny.baker@bbc.co.uk
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    this guys a nipple. I would be more upset if he didnt look how he does and didnt do the daz doorstep challenge.. sad really..
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    his e mail is margeret.rutherford@bbc.co.uk as I know from listening to his rather excellent bbc ldn show every day
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    Danny Baker is a great radio host and he supports Millwall. That he has a dig at us is no surprise and just shows that our continued superiority (even if we can down we'll still be a least one if not two divisions above them) gets to him and them.

    We've spent plenty of time gloating and laughing at the Spanners and Glaziers. Now we are getting just a little pay-back. JJust shows that it hurt them more than it hurts us.
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    Danny Baker: professional Millwall fan and that's it. In years to come people will remember him as a round guy, dodgy barnet, was on Radio London and did Pets win Prizes and that's it. Oh and drinking buddy of Paul Gascoigne.
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    I think people forget or don't know all the writing Baker does for show such as QI and Jonathon Ross etc, etc.

    He's been a writer since he started Sniffin' Glue in 1976, he then went to the NME and he is still the best ever host of 606.

    A Millwall fan who is intelligent and articulate. BBC were so surprised they gave him his own show but he is a Millwall fan.

    Laugh it off. We're going to have to take a bit more stick I fear before when can start giving it out again but we've had 12 good years to laugh at them and 9 at Palace. Not too bad a deal.
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    I honestly dont blame him for taking the piss - our present team are a completely embarrassment.
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    Bless old Fatboy, he used to make a healthy living out of these anti-Charlton articles, yet hasn't been able to write one for about 8 years now.

    He must feel like the kid who's been given a second chance in life.

    Hate him with a passion.
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    [cite]Posted By: jayblock[/cite]this guys a nipple. I would be more upset if he didnt look how he does and didnt do the daz doorstep challenge.. sad really..

    On a complete tangent - The Daz adverts are being re-vamped soon and using Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy".

    Full of useless knowledge, me!
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    To Henry Irving: With the greatest respect Sir, I think you are under-estimating the malicious nature of Baker's tirade against the club.
    He is using his space in a national newspaper to try and belittle us and our achievements simply because of his own petty jealousies, can't he think of anything better than that?
    Anyone with any grasp of football in SE London knows that Charlton have always been the biggest club in the area by a bloody country mile but dickheads like Baker come along with the "little old Charlton crap" and perpetuate the myth that we are "Punching above our weight".
    What a load of crap. Even though we have been shite for three years we are selling out 27,000 for every home game - so how does that make us a small club?
    This club has come a million miles in the last 15 years and deserves better than this patronising nonsense being spouted about the place by an aggrieved Millwall fan.
    Fact of the matter is that for the last 20 years from the 86/87 season until this 06/07 season Charlton Athletic have been in English football's top division for TWELVE of those 20 years.
    Not exactly passing through is it Baker you fat twat?
    Passing through would be those poxy Deptford spanners miserable TWO years in the top flight in their entire history.
    We can take a bit of piss-taking about anoraks or whatever but not an outright malicious fabrication.
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    Hear hear.....
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    don't waste your time on this millwall muppet just look at the facts , where are we and where are they? end of
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    Please God let those filthy Scumbags go into liquidation, I would just love it.
    Having said that, maybe it would be more fun to watch them go straight through the League and through the Conference and end up ground sharing with Dulwich Hamlet.
    Yes, that would actually be better.
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    edited January 2007
    Any one who read my column in Voice of the Valley or who who has spoken to me knows my opinions on Millwall. Everything you say ABrown1927 about our higher status is correct.

    The points I was making were.

    1. Danny Baker is a good writer and radio broadcaster IMHO

    2. His digs at us just show that the "we don't care" about Charlton line spouted by him and many other Spanners is false as as soon as we are in trouble, and even when we are not, they look to run us down. They know we are bigger so try to prove that they are "better". We know that isn't true so laugh back at them.
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    Yes, fair play Henry, I make you partly right on point one (even though his radio show does involve him talking about himself and his "mates" for an inordinate amount of time) and point two you are probably bang on. Just wish we had a similar counter-weight to make a rebuttal but who do we have? Jim Davidson! No thanks.
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    Baker is also good mates with Glen Tilbrook (or is it the other one who supports CAFC) so I suspect that much of this is just winding up a mate.

    "we don't care what the Millwall say, what the hell do we care
    cos everybody knows, if there's going to be a show
    Then the Famous Charlton FC will be there"
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    [cite]Posted By: Henry Irving[/cite]Baker is also good mates with Glen Tilbrook (or is it the other one who supports CAFC) so I suspect that much of this is just winding up a mate.

    "we don't care what the Millwall say, what the hell do we care
    cos everybody knows, if there's going to be a show
    Then the Famous Charlton FC will be there"

    tut tut, you've become a fully fledged prawn sandwich muncher.....

    we don't care what the Millwall say, what the hell we care.
    For if, you know, there's gonna be a show,
    Charlton FC we'll be there. WE'LL BE THERE, we'll be there, WE'LL BE THERE, we'll be there, WE'LL BE THERE'

    :-)
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    [cite]Posted By: AFKA Bartram[/cite]
    [cite]Posted By: Henry Irving[/cite]Baker is also good mates with Glen Tilbrook (or is it the other one who supports CAFC) so I suspect that much of this is just winding up a mate.

    "we don't care what the Millwall say, what the hell do we care
    cos everybody knows, if there's going to be a show
    Then the Famous Charlton FC will be there"

    tut tut, you've become a fully fledged prawn sandwich muncher.....

    we don't care what the Millwall say, what the hell we care.
    For if, you know, there's gonna be a show,
    Charlton FC we'll be there. WE'LL BE THERE, we'll be there, WE'LL BE THERE, we'll be there, WE'LL BE THERE'

    :-)

    So long since I've heard it sung (at the Valley) but that's the way I remember it. ;-)
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    Funny how he misses out mention of his club and the shit they are in, I bet he lives in Blackheath or something - some miles from the squalid heartland of this Blue chums....
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    kidbrooke park road.
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    near enough innit...
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    Well i would say it is blackheath myself, a fooking huge gaff he's got.
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    Closer to the Valley then the Toolbox as well
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    Yeah I always think of that as Blackheath lite, some nice houses there though on the heath side of KDBPKRD
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    Is currently undertaking Chemo....wish him all the best.
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    his Facebook message

    Fingers crossed for him.
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