Perth, WA: More good Charlton related news reaches me here in Australia as the club announces that the pitch announcer has departed with immediate effect and has been replaced by Big Dave Lockwood.
All sorts of reasons are given for the pitch announcer's departure such as the now classic wanting to spend more time with his family, other commitments and the club's 'difficult' circumstances. The essence of the matter was that he never sounded like the authentic voice of Charlton with his synthetic attempts to lift the stands. Perhaps the script was to blame for informing us that we were at The Valley rather than Park View Road but it always rang hollow.
Whereas Big Dave is Charlton through and through and has suffered with the rest of us. And he has the right voice for the job - authoritative and passionate.
The loan of Tom Soares expires soon. From all I hear, we must hold on to him.