Friday, 10 April 2020

Limited edition of VOTV to go on sale

A special limited lockdown edition of Voice of the Valley will be on sale at the end of next week. It will be posted out to subscribers as usual but it can be ordered as a single copy for you to enjoy in the comfort and privacy of your own home at Voice of the Valley .

Satisfied customer Mr A.B. of Selhurst says: 'It always comes under plain cover in a brown envelope and my postman has never suspected I am an Addick.'

As well as full coverage of the ownership shambles at The Valley, it also contains the nostalgic meanderings of the usual suspects.

Missing the football

Photographer and VOTV contributor Kyle Andrews talks about missing the football, but also about what Charlton has meant to him in terms of changing his life. Nice to see Luke Young get star billing. I can see in my mind's eye his opening goal in the 2-0 evening victory against Liverpool at The Valley: Kyle Andrews

Thursday, 9 April 2020

56 day finish to season

The English Football League thinks that games, including play offs, could be played in 56 days with two matches a week once it is safe to resume. Games would be played behind closed doors: League plan

If it started at the beginning of June, the season would then finish in mid-July, followed by a short break before the new season.

Hopefully games could be shown on Valley Pass, free for season ticket holders and at a nominal fee for others.

Loans and contracts would be extended.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Two new directors appointed

A third Romanian - Andrei Mihail - has been appointed to board of Charlton owners East Street Investments, together with sports lawyer Chris Farnell, reports VOTV editor Rick Everitt.

Farnell, who previously acted for deposed Charlton chairman Matt Southall and has recently represented majority shareholder Tahnoon Nimer, was Bury's lawyer in the run-up to their expulsion from the EFL last year. Among other deals, he was involved in the 2014 takeover of Leeds United by Massimo Cellino.

Monday, 6 April 2020

Other clubs that I quite like

Whilst in lockdown and deprived of football I have been having various random reflections. I was thinking the other day about teams I quite like. It doesn't mean I don't want Charlton to beat them when we play them, but I am quite well disposed to them.

Top of the list comes Brighton and Hove Albion. Their rivalry with Palace qualifies them, but they also have links with the West Sussex branch of CASC of which I am a member. Indeed, after a Charlton victory at Huddersfield one Christmas I went with Brian Cole to see them play at Rotherham.

Going along the south coast, Southampton have to get a mention. My son-in-law is a season ticket holder as are two other good friends.

Carrying on along the south coast, I always look for the results of Exeter where I once lived. Torquay United have to battle against the indifference of an incoming retired population. I admire the dedication of Plymouth Argyle's Green Army with their long trips to away games.

Elsewhere in London I quite like Brentford who seem to be a similar club to Charlton. A good friend is a season ticket holder.

I find it difficult to identify a club in the Midlands as it is too close to home, but if pressed I would say Leicester City where I went to uni.

Heading further north, Tranmere Rovers are a friendly club embedded in their community. Burnley is a traditional club that punches above its weight. A good friend is a supporter and I went there to watch a game against Hull for his 60th birthday.

Last but not least, there is a special link between Charlton and Sunderland and I am looking forward to watching the Netflix series 'Sunderland till I die.'

What would be your nominations?

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Millwall can't beat us today

We should have playing Millwall today. Apart from disappointment at missing out on their usual win, Millwall have been making big efforts to move their supporter base up market - with some success as the picture shows.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Charlton losses total £70m

Reviewing Charlton's accounts, football finance guru Kieran Maguire notes that the Addicks have clocked up losses of £70 million over the years and are reliant on owner loans for survival.

The club paid out £133 in wages for every £100 of income. This is way above the recommended Uefa recommended maximum of £70, although such figures are not unusual in the Championship. The accounts, of course, relate to League One where it is a high figure.

Maguire thinks that the £21m of loans converted before the transaction with East Street suggests that he is owed about £48m. He comments, 'Still unclear whether ESI has 100% of the shares of Charlton and whether Duchacelet could end up with control if payments are not made.'