Friday, 24 August 2007

Match preview

While I am not one of those people who thought that we were better off in the Championship than the Premiership, I thought that one of the consolations of being at a lower level might be that we would win more home games. And with Sheffield Wednesday having made a poor start to the season, I was hopeful of a win on Saturday.

The right back problem which has involved losing one of our key players makes me less optimistic. But all I have done is revise my forecast of 3-1 to 2-1.

We may get the chance of seeing Franny Jeffers doing his best for his latest club, although it has been pointed out that he has a habit of picking up injuries just before he plays a former club. If he does turn out for the Owls, I bet he will score which is something he rarely did when he was with us (other than in New Cross).

Weaver was always a controversial choice as goalkeeper and predictably, once he has made a few mistakes, people are on his back. The call is for Randoloph to be brought in, on the basis of one good performance at Liverpool. I think that he needs more experience. Many Charlton fans like to see former Academy players appearing for the club, but I do not think that he is ready to step up yet. Of course, we were spoilt last year with Scott Carson.

The takeover fuss has died down for now and it may all come to nothing. For me, the debate has revealed a worrying lack of ambition among Charlton fans. The Back to the Valley campaign was a great achievement, but now I wonder if that ethos could be holding the club (or at least its fans) back.

There are, of course, special things about Charlton like its community programme and its anti-racist stance. I am not so sure about the claim to be a family club, as presumably someone like Arsenal could claim that they provide a welcoming and safe environment in which families can watch football.

However, I am under no illusions that Charlton 'belongs' to me. I identify with the club, but at the end of the day I am a paying customer. No more, no less.

1 comment:

charlton north-downs said...

Very much agree with your comments and the bottom line is, if I am paying £450 for a season ticket I want to at least see entertaining football and my patience may well be tested this season. If Murray & Co., think they have taken the club as far a they can, then big overseas investment has to be welcomed. Us fans are fickle and in the past I have critised Arsenal for playing 11 overseas players, but if Charlton did the same and it got us back into the premiership, I don't think there would be to many complaints from me and most fans.