Friday, April 28, 2006

Blackburn preview

Gloomsters have been predicting Charlton's first home defeat since Boxing Day, when they lost 0-1 to the European championship finalists, Arsenal. Blackburn haven't been doing so well recently, so how do people arrive at this result, other than a casual reading off of the Bolton result?

Injuries and suspensions are clearly a big problem with Jerome Thomas the latest player in the treatment room. For all the calls for Sankofa to be given a chance, he doesn't seem to have impressed that much at Bolton. And Thomas Myhre seems to have hit a bad patch. The choice of Bothroyd or Bartlett to partner Darren Bent up front is not an exciting one, although Super Kevin Lisbie will be on the bench.

Form wise we have a good record against Blackburn at home at The Valley in the Premiership, having won three, drawn two and lost one, although admittedly one victory was a last minute one after Brad Friedel had scored against us. Looks as if Charlton's season might fizzle out in the spring sunshine, although there may be one or two surprises in store. Not a match to get to late.


Apparently there will be a record Rickshaw attendance tomorrow with fans from deepest Kent as well as further afield. Rick Everitt and his team have built this service up way beyond what I would have thought possible.

Unfortunately the Rickshaw does not yet run in Warwickshire. We thought there might be a solution when Warwick District Council bought three new taxis for Racing Club Warwick for a new Racing To Get You There service. We thought Charlton could borrow these vehicles on match day, but so far the idea hasn't been taken up.

So in order to commemorate the success of the Valley Express we are operating the first water borne Rickshaw tomorrow, the Thames being a facility that has not yet been fully exploited by the club. A group of the Addickted will travel down the river from Westminster Pier to Greenwich tomorrow before the match. And, unlike the charas that operate the land Rickshaw, we will be able to enjoy a drink.


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