In the miserable moments, the dire defeats and even the relief-filled thrill of survival, Diego Poyet’s mere involvement made the final few months of last season more bearable and improved the eventual joy.
Rarely has a player made such an immediate impression after coming into the side, let alone a teenager making his first 23 appearances in professional football. In fact, I don’t think it’s too much of an exaggeration to say Poyet became our talisman; dictating the way the Addicks played and acting as an outlet in the manner Yann Kermorgant had done in a more advanced position. (more…)
I remember the feeling of anger, and the unstoppable tears that followed, as England capitulated to a hapless defeat to Germany in the World Cup of 2010. It was embarrassing, as were the performances in the three games prior to it, against poor opposition, in the group stage.
In 2006, with a squad full of players that will go down as some of England’s best at their peak, I endured the pain of the penalty shoot-out defeat to Portugal. The performances in that World Cup weren’t particularly disappointing, but that a squad capable of achieving so much underachieved so emphatically hurt a great deal.
There have also been the European Championships in 2004 and 2012, not to mention the failed attempt to qualify in 2008. 2004, with an inform Wayne Rooney, was a similar story to the World Cup of 2006; 2012, although a write off, a reminder of how far off England were from Europe’s elite.
And in 2014, England have dished out yet more heartbreak to their supporters. Although the 2-1 defeat to Uruguay doesn’t completely condemn Roy Hodgson’s side to an early World Cup exit, they’re relying on other results, swings in goal difference and themselves picking up a convincing victory over Costa Rica to become the first side in World Cup history to progress after losing their first two group games. (more…)
The World Cup is less than a week away; a welcome football orientated relief from the stressful goings on at their club for Charlton fans. Whisper it quietly, but you might actually be able to fully enjoy this, or at least the bits that don’t involve England.
Nonetheless, the Addicks will never be far from the minds of many. With that in mind, it’s worth noting the Charlton connections in Brazil this summer. It might just make the tournament that little bit more exciting*.
*it probably won’t, but enjoy anyway. (more…)