Fulham and Charlton show why the Championship is so compelling

HOW OFTEN does a crowd filter out of a football stadium feeling they haven’t really been entertained? All too frequently, there’s a collective shrug of the shoulders, comments like, “not bad” or “they tried”, although supporters of the winning team console themselves with the result, a case of points over performance, function over form. Not so the 18,500 people who witnessed Fulham against Charlton, a … Continue reading Fulham and Charlton show why the Championship is so compelling

State of Play: Charlton Athletic – a valley of stress

NO LONDON football club has lost as much support as Charlton Athletic over the past decade. Discontent fans and decline on the field of play have been accompanied by a 52% drop in match attendances at The Valley. Not even a progressive approach to ticketing has been able to prevent crowds falling to their lowest level since 1997. And the stress shows little sign of easing-up on … Continue reading State of Play: Charlton Athletic – a valley of stress

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 … 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 … Continue reading Calling in on…Charlton Athletic – et in arcadia Igor