I thought that this contribution to the Glynne Jones list by American sports journalist Doug Chapman deserved a wider audience:
During the wilderness years of Selhurst and Upton Park, it was a most welcomed chore to follow Charlton from overseas. The Battle For The Valley was often more interesting than the actual football. In fact, it often wasn't even close. The cast of characters were also often more interesting than the players.
It was about waiting for the latest issue of Voice of The Valley to arrive in the post, immediately cracking open the brown envelope and reading from cover-to-cover. Filing it away, then reading it from cover-to-cover again just before the next one finally arrived.
And it was about picking up a London Sunday newspaper at a local newsagent, hopefully by Wednesday, and if lucky, maybe Tuesday afternoon. And it was also about a shortwave radio, and listening to the BBC coverage.
Then came the Internet, and "The List" and ... it all became so much easier. And around the same time, Charlton was in ascension. And all of the better. I could actually watch most of the matches,and at the least, highlights. And listen to them all on the 'net for free.
The Premier League is the best place for your club to be, especially if you are overseas. The fall from grace was hard, and hurtful. At least in The Championship, I could see occasional matches and all of the highlights.
The Third Division is not so easy. Charlton Player is third division, at best. The team has been pretty woeful, and the as esprit de corps among the supporters has been replaced by greater moaning ... even if completely justified moaning.
It is so easy to follow any club in the Premier League today. From anywhere. Oh, for mid-table mediocrity again in the Premiership, as opposed to League 1, errrrr, the Third Division.
I think this season gave a lot of Addicks "Charlton fatigue." Well, there is always next season. But, my god, we need to get out of this horrible division!
Onward, upward ... let's have a close season to get us excited again!