This blog started off nearly ten years ago as a web page offering a 'diary' account of Charlton's season. You can see the original here at Diary This evolved into more formal match reports which at one time were linked to the club's web page. Indeed, when Rick Everitt (then Sports Editor at the Mercury) took a winter holiday in Australia, I stood in for him and wrote the club page reports and took part in the post match press conference with Curbs. This was at a time when the club had far fewer professional staff today and the internet was still in an early stage of its development.
It's quite difficult to get constructive feedback on a blog. One line of criticism has been that this blog is boring, but the answer to that is pretty simple, don't read it. There are now far more blogs on Charlton than there used to be, so there is plenty of choice and most of them set a high standard. One option might therefore to follow the line that Inspector Sands unfortunately but understandably took with Casino Avenue and decide that this blog has reached its sell by date. However, it gets enough hits to make it worth carrying on.
One good friend of mine thinks that Charlton is a hopelessly down market club and that my interest in it is very retro. To the amusement of the fans of other clubs, she did have a rather funny spoof on a reverse Rickshaw taking coach load of Charlton fans to a naff Kent restaurant. Perhaps Charlton is social death, but as is often said, you can take the man out of Charlton, but not Charlton out of the man.
My main constraint is increasing lack of time due to a workload that seems to be on a steep upward curve. My attendance at away matches has fallen away simply because taking a day out on Saturday means working hard on Sunday to make up the ground. I recently worked that out that I had visited eleven countries in four continents for work in a twelve month period. Now I know that many people do a lot more travel. The Chicago Addick probably does more air miles within the US. Moreover, I am one of those people who can go to sleep when the plan taxis off and wake up over southern Brazil. And I sleep better in hotels than I do at home.
Nevertheless, even my energy was sapped by last week's encounter with the Chileans, not to mention acting as protocol officer to the country's ambassador to India which involved summoning the Mercedes and opening the door, then making polite conversation.
To get to the point. First, coverage of the Brakes is to be separated off into a new blog called Test Your Brakes. Charlton fans will then not have to read about what one suggested was a pasture for retired donkeys.
The football economy web page is a partnership between myself and Jez. I have never met Canaries fan Jez who lives in Spain. But this has worked very well.
On this page Erith Addick Paul May has played an increasing role, not least with his eloquent away reports which are better than anything I could write. From next season Paul will assume a greater role on the page. We are yet to work out the details, but Paul himself will be writing once the relegation battle is successfully resolved.
Thanks for your interest and support. Come on you Reds!