Monday, 25 May 2009

Finally....

Something goes for Addicks fans. Despite not wanting the unpleasant visit from MILL-WALL next season (let's hope it's Boxing Day), it was ultimately great viewing to see them beaten in fine style by Scunthorpe yesterday. Like Chicago Addick, I shouted "y-e-s" so loudly yesterday when Scunny hit the winner that my baby burst into tears. It was a great match for the neutral and had shades of '98 all over it, especially when it went to 3-2. If Harris had managed to beat the keeper with two minutes left, we may indeed have been in for extra time at 3-3. I met a few Millwall fans I know in the evening and it has to be said that they took it very well (better than we would). I have another coming for lunch today, and I am practising sincerity and empathy (he doesn't read this).

The icing on the cake was the humbling of the Geordie Nation. As New York Addick points out, it was a result the rest of the country was pining for in some strange way. They have a fat and bloated Chairman who's made a balls of it. He, stupidly, spent a fortune bringing the nark Dennis Wise in to meddle as Director of Football (laughs out loud) and then had the audacity to sack Sam Allardyce far too quickly after a sticky start. Alan Shearer even called it wrong too. He has turned down better offers to manage the Magpies before now but I think he saw this as an easy opportunity instal himself as the Saviour. They were looking relatively safe when he took over and it would only have taken three wins to sort it out. Sorry Toon, but you got what you deserved and we're all laughing now.  I was surprised to learn that the Geordies have been in the top flight for 16 years. I still think of them as a yo-yo club. Still, I guess they are once again...

The only other comment from yesterday was that Roy Hodgson surpassed Curbs' in managing to take un-fashionable Fulham into Europe. Today they will be booking their three coaches to take their diehards to the first match. A dozen celebrity fans will no doubt join them on the night via private jet. Jealous? Not-half.

4 comments:

VFF said...

If I were a middle east investor, then I would think that now is a good time to buy Newcastle. Ashley will be desperate to sell, Shearer as manager and big crowds. Hope this doesn't affect any investment notionally coming our way.

VFF said...

Oh Yeah. Millwall have still not been above us since the 1973 / 74 season. That will last until at least September, 09. 35 years is a long time.

Dave said...

VFF - Mike Ashley will still want a hefty price for Newcastle and even at a substantial discount, you would be talking about the purchase price and a investment money at Charlton with change to spare. We shouldn't underestimate the value of being a London club either for foreign investors. having said all that, it doesn't look like there's a queue or a bidding war to wrest control from the current incumbents at the Valley.

Compo said...

Good piece, Dave. You took the words out of my mouth and I too scared the younger members of the family with my screech.....Grandson Billy may have been scarred for life & unwilling to take up his new season ticket come August !