Saturday, March 18, 2006

Curbs appeals to fans

Charlton have 6,300 tickets left for next Thursday's crucial home cup tie with Middlesbrough. Curbs has taken the unusual step of sending a circular letter to season ticket holders appealing to them to take up their entitlement.

I grew up in the days when the FA Cup final was the sporting event of the year, but I do think that it's glamour has faded in recent years. And perhaps rightly so. The European Cup Winners' Cup was scrapped because major continental teams do not take such a lottery competition seriously and often put out reserve sides. It's worth noting that West Ham, often offered as an example of how to get things right by Charlton's critics, got their second worst home attendance of the season for their home replay against Bolton. Even so, no doubt the Addickted will get excited if we get to the semi-finals.

Curbs say in his letter that 'A passionate atmosphere at The Valley next Thursday is absolutely vital to our chances ... a full and vibrant Valley could make all the difference.'

Cynics might say ok, we will come if you promise us a feast of football better than that in the home league game against Boro. Please don't play too defensively, leave a man up for corners and start Thomas and Romm. Charlton's way of playing has kept us in the Premiership, which is no mean achievement for a club of our size, but there is a time when even the most successful formula looks tired.

This is a vital match for the future of the club. Thursday evening isn't the easiest time for everyone and it is on terrestial television. But let's hope we get a crowd and one that shows some passion and enthusiasm. Pass me the thermos, Mavis.


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