Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Can we sing a song for you?

This is a chant we often hear at The Valley, helped by the superior acoustics of the Jimmy Seed stand. Brentford supporters were singing '3-0 and you still don't sing', although as someone pointed out it's not a karaoke competition.

A reader of this blog has written in to say, 'I rarely agree with your 'system for crowd ratings' This season the home crowd/games have been really poor. I wish I knew the answer to galvanise the crowd (other than playing attractive footy winning 3/0 every game).' I think he has a fair point. Perhaps our canine reporters have been too generous not wishing to slag off the home crowd.

The Valley has been pretty quiet much of the time this year. Some would say a lack of passion on the pitch leads to a lack of passion in the crowd. The Chicago Addick makes a good point when he says that a lot of people at The Valley these days are football supporters rather than Charlton supporters.

I remember some years ago giving a talk at Westminster School and one of the teachers saying that her young son was insistent on going to a Premiership match so she had taken him to see Wimbledon because she thought it would be cheap and safe (but hardly salubrious, one might add). Going back on the train on Saturday, I overhead a conversation between an Addick living in the City of London (yes) and a bloke and his son of about ten years old. The latter explained that they had come to Charlton beause they could get a ticket to see a Premiership match not because they were fans.

Inspector Sands has been laying some of the blame at the door of the Rickshaw (and I think the club does underestimate how many people use, or would like to use, North Greenwich). However, what the Rickshaw does is to allow the Charlton disapora to get to The Valley conveniently. Some of them may be thermos and travel blanket types, but not all of them.

At the very least let's hope we can get some sort of atmosphere for the cup match against Boro.


Blogger colin from welling said...

I wish people would lay off the Valley Express, the thousands who use it and the club for doing so.

They are far more 'loyal' supporters than many who like the bloke you refer to from The City, come to watch football cheaply rather than having any vested interest in Charlton Athletic FC.

The argument that the club have spent more time on those with an ME postcode than an SE one may seem a fair one but the club have done their homework. They should be commended for attracting back paying customers instead of being condemned for it by some sections of our support with such narrow minds (present company excepted, of course!)

12:24 PM  
Blogger BC Addick said...

There are two reasons I believe why the valley is so quiet these days... Firstly, we have not got any characters in the squad at all...esp this season. We all remember the likes of Robbo and kinsella getting the crowd going with mark running up to the north stand fist clenched. That got us all going. This season, we have had the likes of murphy and thomas not even celebrating a goal let alone coming up to the north stand to get everyone going. Secondly, we used to win week in week out in the league below on our march to the prem. We got there and that was amazing for the first few seasons. We are established now and I believe the euphoria has gone and the reality of win one lose one draw one is here. Fulham, Villa, Boro at home? Hardly mouth watering these days is it?

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should there be a Salary Cap in Football?
Personally I think there should be! It’s just getting to be stupid money in football at the top of the premiership!
It’s always the same teams at the top proving that football success is based purely on money which ruins the idea of it being a sport! They’ve done it in rugby, basketball, hockey and American football and it makes the sports more competitive and better to watch!
I do a little Spread Betting from time to time and most matches don’t hold much surprise who is going to win, its boring! I want to see a team at the bottom pulling off an amazing season beating last seasons winners in a close fought battle!
Make things fair! It shouldn’t be about money!
All there is all that money in the premiership and barely any of it stays in the UK so it’s not even helping the economy!
From my Spread Betting (or more precisely Football Spread Betting) if I ever win big (which is never, I’m unlucky) it’s still nothing compared to the average premiership players weekly wage!

12:23 PM  

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