Sunday, 16 May 2010
Charlton - Swindon thoughts
I don't normally head to the Valley unless it's a match day or I need to pick up tickets for away games but somehow this morning I was drawn over there.
Despite tickets for our crunch game with Swindon Town, (tomorrow, 7:45pm), having been on sale for around 2 weeks in one form or another, I was (pleasantly) surprised to see a steady flow of punters turning up to buy tickets.
One feller seemed to be holding at least 5 as he walked away from the Commercial Centre*
*That's the ticket office to you and me.
The picture was taken at 10:20 am and though it's not heaving, I was surprised to see anyone there at all.
While we have clearly been seen by many as a big fish in League one, we also seem to be constantly beating ourselves up over attendances at the Valley.
The fact is, we are highly unlikely to be selling out the Valley again unless we start to climb up the divisions.
We might get close, but I feel 27,000+ is asking too much for us while we are a team in League 1.
Other teams from one or even two club towns and cities might manage it but we have far too much local competition.
As a one off, tomorrow evening should generate a large gate but I still don't think a sell out is likely.
As for the game against Swindon, they are in the driving seat and we need to let them know we want it more than them right from the off.
I'd be prepared to come away from the Valley disappointed if I truly believed that everyone had tried their hardest and there was nothing more that could have been done.
After the Norwich game I was proud to support Charlton, even though we had lost.
I'm hoping of course that we can beat Swindon, I know it's more than possible.
However, should the season end tomorrow evening I don't want a Summer of 'if onlys'.
I want to remember a brave performance with everyone fighting for the cause and the crowd being supportive, even if we go behind.