I made a serious error this evening.
Maybe you have made the same error yourself recently.
I now feel dirty, ashamed and in need of a stiff drink.
I sat down in a fairly carefree frame of mind. A CD of the Stone Roses was chugging away in the background, I had a large coffee steaming away in my favourite mug and I was soaking into a soft, leather sofa.
Within 5 minutes I felt totally aggrieved and more annoyed than I had felt all day.
It's the fault of this lot. Tosh
I had no reason to go there. I've been there before and hated myself afterwards.
Why couldn't I just have kicked back, enjoyed the tunes and taken it easy?
But no. I had to open up the old MacBook and have a quick glance at 'Your bloody Whinges' didn't I?
I have no problem with people having a different viewpoint to mine. It's ridiculous to assume that there will be a consensus of opinion among such a wide and diverse set of people, purely because they share a fondness for a particular football team.
Unfortunately, the wide and diverse opinions of the Charlton support are not represented. Most Charlton supporters I know are now boycotting this part of the club site, due to the steaming pile that goes on there.
The 'Your Views' part of the Official Site has been taken over by a hard core of about 15 people.
There would appear to be two camps on Your Views. I won't mention any names as it's plain to see who they are and what their (CONSTANTLY being repeated) positions are.
One group are of the opinion that we are a club who are never going to be Manchester United, we were punching above our weight for a few years and we are now in a position slightly below our 'natural' position. No problem though, we support our team through thick and thin and take the rough with the smooth.
The other group are SO bloomin' angry. They moan about the players, they moan about the coaching, they moan about the manager, they moan about the food and drink available at the Valley, they moan about how the board need to get their act together, they moan about buying season tickets but "not being happy about it" - (??????).
Both groups of course, can't see any grey.
It's black and white.
I'm right and you're wrong.
I'm clever and you're an imbecile.
I have the whole picture and you have a snapshot.
It's not good enough and I have all the answers.
It's not good enough and I don't have any answers.
.......... and the final argument, supposed to have the opposition running for the hills -
"I've been a Charlton supporter since 19**". (Like it makes any difference.)
As I said above, I have no problem with people making an ass of themselves in public. You can have any opinion you like as far as I'm concerned. My problem is that we have people who are completely rubbishing the efforts of the club, on the club's own website.
I have complete respect for Matt Wright who has the unenviable task of trying to keep the whole thing just the right side of sane. In his position, I'd have pulled the plug on the whole thing months and months ago.
The club website should be a place where fans and non fans go for information. I've looked at other clubs websites on many occasions for facts prior to Charlton playing their team or purely out of interest.
I've never seen an area of another club website devoted to knocking themselves. It's madness.
If Crystal Palace fans were having a go at Tangoman on their own official site we'd think that Palace had lost it completely. Yet we persist.
There are plenty of places where people can go for a moan but in my opinion, the Official Club Site should not be one of them.
Would a successful organisation such as McDonalds have a section on their own official site where people can complain about the service, food, parking, etc? burgers
I think not.
Your Views: - Casual Rating.
I would rate the Your Views section of the Official Charlton Athletic website as a pair of Bay City Rollers style trousers....... with black greasy stains where the flare got caught in a bicycle chain......... and a wet patch down the front........ and a beer belly spilling over the waist band... being worn by John Prescott.