Monday, February 05, 2007

Pitch announcer

It's obvious from the mailing lists that I am not the only person to be aggravated by our pitch announcer. To be fair, he may be working to some script which says: '2.50: It's ten minutes to kick off at The Valley and it's Premiership football, Charlton versus Chelsea.' This is admittedly useful for anyone who thinks they are at Park View Road to see Welling versus Bognor Regis or have forgotten that Saturday matches kick off at 3 p.m.

I suppose it's too much to hope that Brian Cole could be brought back but we could have a competition in which people can send in demo tapes and then the best two get a chance at a match, one for the build up, one at half time. Then we could vote on our choice as part of Player of the Year.

Lister Steve Loveday has made the good point that it's all part of the globalisation of football which encourages a 'beige' approach, i.e., being bland to reach out to the largest possible audience. But Steve, who lives in Canada and hence hasn't heard him, perhaps doesn't realise that this guy is irritating rather than bland.

On a completely unrelated point, in Notes on a Scandal Judi Dench plays a nasty piece of work and states that her father was a Charlton Athletic supporter and that 'it didn't bring him much pleasure'.


Blogger Kappacino Kid said...

Bloke next to me and I don't know if its true, says that the announcer does not come to the Valley if QPR are at home, so heres hoping for the fixture lsit next year

11:34 AM  
Blogger peterb said...

The whole pre match wind up has become a good reason for arriving at the ground as late as possible. It feels like the sort of performance that would be put on for a team that hasn't got any real support and reminds me of a evening ot watching the London Knights ice hockey team. In my opinion its just one step away from playing music when the home team scores ( hold your head in shame Bolton).

Incidentally,does loud music help the pre match atmosphere or does does it supress support ?

11:19 PM  

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