Southend – sea, sand and success

SOUTHEND used to be all about the “lights”, jellied eels, the nightlife, “kiss me quick” hats and a paddle in the freezing cold sea. From a football perspective, Southend played on Friday nights and they had one Billy Best in their line-up. The Kursaal, an amusement park, once played host to legendary rock bands like Queen, Deep Purple, Mott the Hoople and Black Sabbath. Roots Hall is one of those old fashioned football grounds that used to proliferate the third and fourth divisions of the old Football League structure. Big floodlights that can be used as pointers to the ground’s … Continue reading Southend – sea, sand and success

Calling in on…Charlton Athletic – et in arcadia Igor

Charlton Athletic is a club that people often overlook when they talk about London football. Forever in the shadow of the big four and frequently struggling to stay ahead of South London neighbours, Millwall and Crystal Palace, they have been remarkable durable over the past 40 years. It had been 37 years since I last visited the Valley, a ground that I never thought I would return to again after the club’s uncertain and nomadic existence in the 1980s. I recall the huge open terrace, arguably the biggest in England, and the very iconic main stand with its multi-vaulted roof. … Continue reading Calling in on…Charlton Athletic – et in arcadia Igor