Sunday, December 28, 2008


‘So after the good and the bad came the … actually it wasn’t that ugly. It wasn’t that pretty either …’

As you may be aware it’s been over two weeks since my last blog (except that from earlier today ;) and above is as far as I got following the Derby match. Since that draw snatched from the jaws of victory, we’ve lost to Narwch and drawn (2-2 at home again) to Rangers and losing to Sheffield United. Plenty has happened worldwide and in my own little world including seeing temps come and go and I’ve even had my first (and probably last) trip on the famous Valley Express. Now with Parkinson at the helm until another bleeding ‘strategic review’ at the beginning of January we await the next bout of ins and outs. However there’s some questions bashing around inside my noggin …

If the board have carried out so many strategic reviews and need to keep doing it again aren’t they getting it wrong? (I’m not blaming them as we have (had) one of the best around - but why dress it up – just make a bloody decision and appoint someone)
If Parkinson was given the opportunity to prove himself with results – surely he hasn’t so we’ll get someone new?
Who is making the decisions about players coming and going? A temp manager or the board? Either way it’s time to rip it up and start again … get the new man in pronto and let him start making the decisions now. We have (almost) half a season to go and a decent group of players for this level (even without all the temps) so the right man has the time and resources to turn things around – I just hope he, whoever he may be (and I’ll add Ince to my list of definite nos!), arrives sooner rather than later – Coooome on you board!!! You’ve had some time to sort it – now do it, please!

A short rambling today after such absence with which I’ll leave you with a snippet from a somewhat surreal evening I had recently which included a short conversation with fellow Addick Gary Bushell who in a moment reminiscent of the famous quote about George Best asked me (in similar wording) where did it all go wrong? We shared a shrug of the shoulders and carried on the evening … now Charlton need to start again rather than carry on regardless.


... I'm still bloody waiting!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008


So after section 4 of the mental health act comes section 2 (which issupposed to mke sense to the sain) and after the nigels (and uncle les) comes parky (or Jack as I like to call him). But what comes after that? More Phil? Paulo? Keano? Well I'm waiting to hear and am glad I used what little sense I had about me to resist full on endorsement for Parkinson to be named permanent manager. After the lord mayors show came - well, another two defeats. I know the saints match wasn't the resounding victory we all crave but boy was it a million times better than most of the gruel we've been served up over recent times. Contrast that with the dross we witnessed for large parts of the coventry match and it almost makes you feel like I'm not the only schizophrenic around here. Nor me.

There were several times, most noticeably at set pieces where the 'team' (or at least elements of it) didn't seem to know what was going on. The vastly improved style of football and team work from less than two weeks ago had disappeared. But why? I honestly don't know and my recent sabbatical has left me lacking in updates from fellow bloggers, forums and professional journalism alike. I'm serious when I ask what the feck is happening at Charlton?
I know I've said the board need to take time to make the right decision and I stand by that sentiment. I just hope they don't leave it too long - we need to know who will be leading us through the next stage of the REDVOLUTION and out of this mess.
As far as individuals are concerned there are a few who deserve special mention in (anti) despatches but I'll limit my targets to Cranie (please let's just get rid now regardless of loan period, who's paying his wages and whatever the deal was with 'Arry - the bloke's a lazy liability and I'm fed up with the sight of him, particularly when rentokil or Jose could do a far better job) and Bailey (the once promising ginger ninja doesn't seem to have managed the step up and whilst playing in a poor team obviously doesn't help he doesn't seem to be able to buy a pass - an old golf buddy of mine once offered wise advise when asking me what percentage of short putts settle in the hole? The answer of course is nil and that applies with football too - Bailey's passing seems to have been hit hard by the credit crunch). I could go on about others but I won't for now, except to sadly admit that even 2DAP's favourite Portuguese seems to be witnessing a dramatic downturn in form too.

One player who can hold his head up high in my opinion is Matt Holland whose tireless working may now lack the mileage of his Ipswich (and early Charlton) days but his intelligence makes up for this. As someone who thought he was possibly surplus to requirements a couple of years back I freely acknowledge I was wrong -although I still don't see him as a regular in the first eleven (unless we drop) his influence on and off the pitch is highly valuable, particularly in current climes. Add to his play his leadership and I wonder how worse (if possible) we might be without him. On that note I've held off commenting on a couple of things I've noticed over recent months for fear of being tarred (albeit correctly) as being a blinkered nigel hater. Well I'm guilty (just ask me who my least favoured five teams are and it'll explain ;-) and here's my latest rant why we should have little to do with anything or anyone ever associated with them tossers. In recent times I've noticed on more than one occasion that after the poncey pre-match handshakes our current skipper buggers off to do whatever he does. This has left a group of young mascots (I've preached on the virtues of our next generation of Addicks and will do so again!) Standing around looking lost - until Sir Matt steps in that is. Not his job anymore you know but still there to help when others fail. The other thing is the attitude of hudson during games when his head has dropped but there's Matty running, clapping and shouting to get the boys going again - particularly noticeable after letting in a goal (there's been plenty) and multiplied in the last match of pardew's reign (or should that be shower). Give the armband to Mr Holland on the way out - let his opus continue?

Anyway, I want to know what's going on with my team and its manager as its not looking particularly rosey at present and I really don't fancy writing 'third division and less proud than I used to be' next season.

So it's time for my medication and hopefully when the doctor sees what I've been up to he'll let me stay at home - see doc, back to my normal drunken incoherent negative ramblings - I'm OK really.

Sunday, November 30, 2008


Pride in the red shirt and Kinsella warm ups
Pre kick off huddles and friends with whom to sup
When the covered end stands up and sings
These are a few of my favourite things

Slick and smart passing with movement off the ball
Managers shouting but still looking quite cool
Fast footed wide men who even swap wings
These are a few of my favourite things

Clean sheets from Weaver and a 4-4-2 formation
Temps who immediately exceed expectations
A manager understanding where our club has been
These are a few of my favourite things

When the scum fight
When the nigels sing
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favourite things
And then I don’t feel so mad

(2DAP is currently unavailable to write his usual post match blog having unfortunately been detained under section 4 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Apparently he returned home on Saturday night claiming to have actually enjoyed the match at the Valley. His family felt this behaviour to be most out of recent character and the authorities have, after due diligence agreed with them. The latest news via REDVOLUTION towers is that his condition has not altered since then and he will be closely observed for the remainder of the legal 72 hour period. We hope a full and swift recovery will not be too far away so that normal service can be resumed.)

Friday, November 28, 2008


Whether you are a fully paid up card carrying member of the REDVOLUTION, whether you wanted pardew gone but were not up for the beard and beret, whether you thought he seemed like a nice man who needed some more time, whether you were his illegitimate love child – it doesn’t matter now - he’s gone. It doesn’t even matter who you want as the next manager (and I’ve left nobody guessing as to my preference – and added another couple of random comments below). We are all Charlton and for the tomorrows match at least Mr Branning is in charge* so there is no point at this point in debating previous managers’ merits or otherwise. I’m sure there will be a few curious walk-ups wanting to see the caretaker’s first (and maybe only) home game, and maybe even some of the errant season ticket holders returning. I’m even sure that the crowd will get together and behind the temp and his temps – won’t they? I hope so – COME ON YOU REDS!!!

(* Mr Brannings temporary team leadership at Charlton Athletic Football Club is subject to all usual terms and conditions plus the assumptions that Walford police will not need his presence for assistance in ongoing investigations or Mr Curbishley does not arrive on a white stallion before tomorrow’s kick off)

I’m hopeful that the central midfield partnership used on Tuesday will continue and that Racon and Semedo will prove to be the engine room pushing us forward to our first win in what seems like an eternity. I’m predicting a 2-0 home win for the reds.

Interesting to see yesterday that the caretakers odds had shortened considerably whilst Curbishley was drifting further out ?!? ;-)

Paulo DiCanio - What can I say? Class, enthusiasm, contacts, passion, passion and more passion!

Gus Poyet - looks and talks the part!
Dennis Wise - may well come with Poyet in tow and would probably divide support

John Gregory - erm, that’s just plain wrong!
Steve Gritt - great servant, but not now surely!

PS - Don’t forget the FA Cup 3rd round draw @ 14:15 on Sunday
PPS - Thanks to Chicago Addick for sharing this sad news regarding one of my boyhood heroes, Nicky Johns. As I've already commented, I will always remember Johns as one of my boyhood favourites and had the pleasure to briefly meet him as a kid - a true gent he was too. I know it's been said a million times but news like this really does put on the field struggles into perspective and I'm sure many will agree that our thoughts are with Nicky and his family at this difficult time!