Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Enamel badges - the 92
It might be a trainspotterish but I am a Charlton fan after all and I make no apologies for the fact that I love an enamel badge. For thirty years I have taken the opportunity to pick up club badges on my travels. This hasn't always been as easy as it sounds.
In the not-too-distance past, most clubs outside the top flight didn't necessarily run Club Shops and there was very limited on-line shopping. Away games in the 80's often meant being escorted in and out of grounds with little or no opportunity to get around to the other end of the ground in search of a badge. There was often no choice with many clubs only stocking one badge at a time. Some of you will remember that Charlton only stocked one enamel badge for what seemed like ten years and even that wasn't an accurate replica of the club crest. More on Charlton badges on Friday.
Anyhow, I am nearly there and with the anticipated addition of Bury and Exeter, I will complete my original 92. When that's complete, I'll have to move onto something else, although I already have forty-odd years of match programmes! Now where's my anorak...