As a teenager I sang rascist songs in the Covered End against our jewish Chairman with no ambition for Charlton Athletic and whose family we blamed for our failure to capitalise on the earlier good times and develop the Valley into the sort of ground that might have sustained top class football sooner than the 28 years it took us to return after being relegated in 1957. We blamed him personally for the move to Selhurst park because of his refusal to sell his couple of acres behind the West Stand to Sunley. I was involved in the grafitti at the Valley the night prior to the last game and again it was Michael Gliksten who bore the brunt.
However, it wasn't too long after this event when it became clear that Sunley themselves had used Michael Gliksten's land ownership as an excuse for moving us closer to their Croydon base and John Fryer's home. Michael Gliksten was unable to recoup his investment at the Valley later on because the Council refused him permission to develop his plot.
Looking back, Michael Gliksten was a parsimonious Chairman and for that I can't be hypocritical about his passing. On the other hand, I believe he cared more about the club than he was generally given credit for but his reputation suffered badly because of poor PR. I was too naive and gullible to see it at the time