Friday, 25 September 2009


Kiel: Last night I was able to shake hands with a 86-year old former U boat commander who gave a very interesting talk. Towards the end of the war he was arrested for defeatism after refusing to carry out some ridiculous order. He was imprisoned and awaiting execution when the war ended.

At the beginning of the season, defeatism was rampant at Charlton. Phil Parkinson was widely perceived as inept (despite some recognition of his quiet and effective work during the summer) and many Addicks were forecasting administration and relegation. Since then we have seen success on the pitch and now Richard Murray is back at the helm and we are on a more stable financial footing.

Tomorrow we face the Grecians. Our last game against them saw them defeated at The Valley with a spectacular bicycle kick executed by JJ. Equine magnate John Window became so excited by the lady dressed up in Grecian togs that they brought with them that he was prepared to offer her a free ride on one of his nags.

I lived in Exeter for two years but I never went to St.James's Park. In those days, before the building of the M4. the city was a rather sleepy place. Now it is much more vibrant and the club has recovered from its spell in the Conference to become a respectable League 1 side.

Our two games against the relegated sides provided a tough test, but we remain unbeaten. Tomorrow I am hoping for a convincing win and I am going for 3-0.

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