One consequence of watching Charlton tomorrow is that I will miss Dave Pender's 'Big Saturday Night Party' which plays rock classics on Radio Scilly from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sometimes Dave can't appear as he is busy in his role as 'king of the Five Islands disco scene.' One of his catch phrases is 'Are you rocking, Hugh Town?'
Unfortunately, the answer is probably not and the same might be said of Charlton fans. Inspector Sands is fortunately back among us and has a good post on how saddos take out their frustration with their lives down at The Valley. Of course, people's choices in terms of re-making their lives are often more constrained than the good Inspector as a single bloke allows.
Nevertheless, it is important that the fans show some confidence in the team tomorrow and at least try to match the 3,000 singing Taffs who will benefit from the acoustics of the Jimmy Seed stand.
Like all promoted teams, Swansea have learnt to play with and for each other. The Charlton squad is not lacking in talent and if they could only play as a unit more effectively, they could do better than many people expect.
It's not the fixture I would have wished for to start the season, but reports from Wales are suggesting that Swansea are more lacking in confidence than I would have thought. With Moutaoukil suspended after an incident in the reserves last season, Semedo will have to fill in at right back. Hopefully, Hudson will have recovered and we will be spared a problem in central defence. With Holland still out, the central midfield could also under perform.
Nevertheless, I refuse to be downhearted. The easy forecast is to replicate the 1-1 against Scunny last year, but we were over confident then and undrestimated them. I do not think we will make that mistake tomorrow and I am going for 2-1 to Charlton with the winning goal scored in the 88th minute by substitute Stuart Fleetwood.
Come on you Reds!