For some reason I find Queen's Park Rangers and their fans irritating. They have always been well up themselves, based on the fact that they had a short spell in the Premiership after its formation. I always think of them as a third division (south) side. Of course, they have been more up themselves recently since they were taken over by one of the richest men in his world (or at least his son-in-law). Super Hoops could be heard on 606 debating in all seriousness whether QPR or Real Madrid would be the top team in Europe in three years' time. However, the new owners have not exactly been splashing the cash - yet.
And another thing. Rodney Marsh. In his capacity as a pundit, he would never treat the Addicks seriously or give them any credit.
Pards said in the E-mail Bulletin that the match could be in Timbuktu as far as he was concerned. Loftus Road is in rather nondescript, if somewhat dodgy, surroundings. The ground itself is based on the 'shoeboxes on their side' design principle and the security staff are some of the peskiest in London.
Anyway, that's enough of slagging off the Super Hoops. What about Charlton? Arithmetically, they still have a chance of getting sixth place in the play offs. However, that would require a final burst and it is difficult to see where it would come from. If we did get into the play offs, I could not muster the enthusiasm I had a decade ago. To relive those glorious days, go here: Wembley
Charlton will be without Jerome Thomas, who has pulled a hamstring in training, but given his sulky performances, I do not regard that as a great loss. Weaver will be back in goal and I think he has been a generally reliable custodian this season, probably about the best we can afford. To me, this looks like another of Charlton's famous 1-1 draws.
As Leamington continue to chase the possibility of automatic promotion from the BGB Midlands Division, it's Brakes versus Ducks at Harbury Lane tomorrow and we expect to be the only Charlton blog covering the match against Aylesbury United.