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Chris Powell’s Flat Cap End of Season Awards 2015/16 – Part Three

Part One and Part Two 


The Astrit Ajdarevic Social Media Award

Throughout this bleak season, the humour and quality of content on Charlton sections of social media platforms have provided some solace.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson 

The Iceland international’s to-the-point post-victory Tweets are always a delight, with the one that followed the win over Hull a particular highlight.

The Makienoks 

Before we decided that booing the big Dane who can’t win headers was the way to go, Simon Makienok made us all get a bit emotional with his message following the victory over Hull.

Not a patch on his wife’s efforts, though, who didn’t tend to sit on the fence.

Tony Watt forming a boyband 

When he wasn’t posting photos (some of them mine!!!) of himself looking like me each time I remember Roland Duchatelet owns Charlton Athletic, Watt’s Instagram contained some high quality content.

Not least when he managed to pull together ‘The Addicks’ – an indie boyband with Johnnie Jackson on vocals and, for one night only, guest starring Lawrie Wilson.

Patrick Bauer – “Shit happens” 

Given that this was, unsurprisingly, deleted after about five minutes, I’m afraid I don’t even have a screengrab of Bauer’s rather blunt response to being dismissed during the the defeat to Reading in October.

A montage of images from the moment he was sent off at the Madejski accompanying the caption “shit happens”. Quite funny, but probably a little bit unprofessional.

Nonetheless, a shame he didn’t do similar once relegation was confirmed. Images from our worst defeats or photos of Duchatelet, Meire, Murray and Fraeye would have been acceptable.

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“im never wrong!” – Astrit Ajdarevic 

It’s only fair that Ajdarevic competes for the award named in his honour. After suggesting that Charlton would pull away from the bottom three, I questioned his judgement. He was having none of it.

Despite ultimately being wrong, what a bloody good egg.

Jason Euell taking shelter in the shower 

As journalist Louis Mendez searched desperately for someone willing to speak following the pathetic defeat to Huddersfield, and anger increased among all Addicks that Karel Fraeye was being such a gutless coward, there was something rather lovely about the imagine of Jason Euell taking shelter from it all in the shower.

Johnnie Jackson’s rallying cry

The skipper’s use of Twitter is excellent. Not just for his occasional moments of humour and because he’s very willing to speak to supporters, but, impressively, he even manages to be an excellent leader via 140 characters.

Or, when 140 characters isn’t enough, a screengrab from the notes section of his iPhone.

A rallying cry after the pathetic defeats to Huddersfield and Hull might have been patronising or a token gesture from anyone else, but it felt meaningful from Jackson.

Scott Wagstaff supporting the cause 

I think the rather awkward smile from Wagstaff gives away that he’s probably been ambushed a little, but let’s ignore that. Waggy hates Roland.

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It turns out Katrien Meire has no shame whatsoever. Who knew?

David Nugent, CARD member 

Opposition players, who had just suffered defeat, with no connection to Charlton getting behind the movement to oust Duchatelet is something I massively appreciate. Up the Nugent.

Barking support 

As a handful of hardy protesters descended on Sparrows Lane, intercepting those attending a club sponsors’ day, they were joined by members of CARD (Canines Against Roland Duchatelet).

Woofless in their fight against Charlton’s owner, or something like that.

Mark Fi(iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii)sh 

Former Charlton players and staff speaking out against the club was not an uncommon sight throughout the season, but Fish committing himself to the supporters’ cause was rather lovely.

Karel Fraeye’s use of Twitter 

The few hours that followed Charlton supporters discovering Fraeye’s Twitter account were rather enjoyable. Unfortunately, he ultimately decided to start blocking everyone, before deleting his account, but not before Twitter Addicks had had their fun.

His best offering one that saw him give himself a bit of credit for giving Ademola Lookman his debut. Hilarious.

The final visit 

Twitter was awash with sadness following the completion of the final game of the season, with long-standing supporters emotionally stating that the defeat to Burnley would be their final visit to The Valley until Roland Duchatelet sells up.

Arguably the most powerful posts were those of supporters saying a goodbye to the seat they have sat in for many years, and been driven away from by this regime.

Charlton 0-1 Homophobia 

As the Addicks prepared to take on homophobia, supporters were not confident.

Winner: The final visit 

Neither funny nor quirky, but a fitting winner, given the role Twitter had to play in bringing supporters together against Duchatelet, and beginning the fight to win our club back. Committed supporters saying goodbye a real reminder of the damage this regime has done.

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The Karel Fraeye Trophy for Managerial Naivety

Managerial naivety has marred this season almost as much as the naivety of those at the top of the club.

Guy Luzon playing the reserves at Palace

The consequence of filling the club with people who have no understanding of what matters to Charlton Athletic is that there’s no understanding of what matters to Charlton Athletic shown by people at the club.

Luzon evidently not quite understanding the importance of the trip to Selhurst Park to play Crystal Palace in the League Cup this season, and often to play a weakened side. Ahmed Kashi, Patrick Bauer, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Tony Watt among those rested, while Naby Sarr, Mikhail Kennedy,  Conor McAleny and Karlan Ahearne-Grant started.

The Addicks consequently offering little resistance as their rivals recorded a comfortable 4-1 victory. More fight shown by the supporter that attempted to punch Palace’s eagle.

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Guy Luzon’s inability to stop the rot

There’s no doubting that, when it worked, Luzon’s Plan A wasn’t too shabby. The Tony Watt-led counter-attacking football that saw the Addicks enjoy a run of seven wins out of nine during the previous campaign and start this one with two impressive home victories was excellent.

It’s just that, when Watt was having an off day or the opposition prevented Luzon’s side from expressing themselves on the break, Luzon had no response.

It meant there was no way for the Israeli to end a run of ten games, that would ultimately become 12, without victory that cost him his job. The opposition easily dominating a predictable Charlton unit.

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Karel Fraeye’s insistence on playing four in attack 

“Let’s not make Charlton now into a team who are going everywhere and must win and must be better than the home side.”

And with that in mind, Fraeye decided that playing four forwards and removing any sort of structure and shape from his side was the way to go.

Man’s a genius.

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Karel Fraeye’s decision to use Callum Harriott as a scout

Having realised that his copy of Football Manager 2016 wasn’t quite up to date with the latest changes to Colchester United’s squad, Fraeye needed another way to scout Charlton’s FA Cup opposition.

Instead of finding someone available to do the job in the club’s depleted scouting department, the more sensible option was obviously to ask former Colchester loanee Callum Harriott to spill the beans on his former teammates.

That’s Callum Harriott. A footballer whose biggest fault is his questionable decision making and game intelligence. Genius.

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Karel Fraeye refusing to speak to the media after the defeat to Huddersfield

Cowardly is the only way to describe Fraeye hiding from the media following the defeat to Huddersfield. A cowardly act, that left Stephen Henderson to make the apologies that weren’t demanded from him. Any sympathy left for the Interim One immediately lost.

Karel Fraeye, just in general 

Who would have thought a head coach appointed from Belgium’s third tier would be tactically inept, fail to command respect from his players, and oversee pathetic performance after performance. No one saw it coming.

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Jose Riga’s inability to build on the Rotherham win 

For me, the defeat to Bristol City following the victory over Rotherham was when relegation became unavoidable. Such a weak effort after an emphatic win showing the fragile and unfixable character of this Charlton side.

A platform, with the Millers beaten by a style of potent counter-attacking football, was there to be built upon, but the stale effort against the Robins was followed by four further games without victory.

Highly frustrating that Riga was unable to replicate that Rotherham performance in the games that came after it, and only able to record three further wins before relegation was confirmed.

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Jose Riga’s lack of intent against MK Dons

Especially given that the Addicks went into the six-pointer against MK Dons on the back of an important victory over Brentford, Riga’s decision to play in a timid fashion was rather bizarre.

A draw against Karl Robinson’s side was never going to be enough, and setting up to stop the opposition playing horrendously backfired. The game stale, and Charlton not possessing any attacking intent until it was too late.

Yaya Sanogo, before losing his head, only given 32 minutes with the lively Harriott sacrificed for him to come on, and only introducing Lookman with seven minutes to play a huge error.

At least Riga was good enough to admit his mistakes in his post-match interview. A Charlton member of staff immediately accepting that they were wrong? How very odd.  

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Jose Riga’s initial reluctance to use Ademola Lookman

The impact Lookman had in the short space of time he was on the pitch against MK Dons meant he became a regular fixture in Riga’s side thereafter, but the talented youngster started just two of the first ten games of the Belgian’s second spell in charge.

Injury kept him out of two of those squads, but he was an unused substitute in the goalless draw with Cardiff, was introduced when the Addicks were already two down at Fulham, and was, of course, only given seven minutes to make an impact against the Milton Keynes club.

Unlikely to have made a difference overall, but a few more points might have been gained had Riga let Lookman loose more often.

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Jose Riga, for deciding to come back

Riga wanting to work for Duchatelet once again defies all logic. That he ended the season criticising the club’s structure, before handing in his resignation, suggests Riga’s removed the strings once and for all.

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The collective failure to address the set-piece problem

A league high 27 goals conceded from set-pieces, and a league high 20 goals conceded from corners. You can add an extra one to each tally you if you include the goal the Addicks conceded from their own corner during the defeat at Preston.

The failure to deal with set-pieces throughout the season, with it being an issue under each head coach, was quite impressive. Whether be the hopeless partnership of Naby Sarr and Roger Johnson, or the slightly more reliable duo of Alou Diarra and Jorge Teixeira, a lack of coordination prevented deliveries form being dealt with.

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Winner: Karel Fraeye, just in general

No explanation needed.

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The Roland Duchatelet (Correct) Decision Making Award

As we know, every decision that this regime has been correct and improved the club’s position. Let’s look back at some of those excellent decisions.

Roland Duchatelet, for continuing with a flawed recruitment structure 

Turns out almost exclusively signing players without experience of the Championship for money than they’re worth, and giving them long-term deals, while placing unnecessary strain on the club’s young players by understaffing the squad isn’t a successful strategy. Who knew?

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Roland Duchatelet, for staying away 

The owner’s reluctance to show his face in SE7, and his particular unwillingness to appear on matchdays, did little to convince supporters that he was willing to take responsibility for the crisis he has put the club in.

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Roland Duchatelet, for opting to appoint Karel Fraeye, and lying about the nature of his appointment 

The underqualified head coach was never good enough, nor was he ever interim. An insult to the club and its supporters for Fraeye to be given the job, and one of the key reason why we’ll be in League One next season.

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Roland Duchatelet and Katrien Meire, for refusing to budge

Even Duchatelet and Meire, overwhelmed by their ignorance and naivety as they are, cannot pretend that there isn’t serious opposition to their running of this club. And with offers on the table, their unwillingness to even speak to those interested parties is simply stupid.

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Roland Duchatelet, for standing by Katrien Meire 

“I’m very sorry some people may have misunderstood what she said. But I can certainly say she never meant to hurt anybody and she is really working for the club.

“It’s a pity because she is a fantastic lady and she has a huge heart for Charlton. Charlton is something she lives for – and it hurts her tremendously to be attacked that way by some fans.

“She didn’t say what some people claim she said. She explained that running a football club is totally different to running another business. And in fact she used the word ‘weird’ in describing the difference between running a regular business and running a football club, because your customers are not really customers.

“Some people, for some reason, turned around 180-degree what she really meant to say. She said you cannot run a football club like a regular commercial enterprise.

“She is a fantastic woman, extremely dedicated. She has done extremely good work so far in all sorts of things. I’m very happy with it.”

Hilarious.

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Roland Duchatelet and Katrien Meire, for continuing to insult supporters 

In their words and actions, whether it be the “weird”/”customers” jibes or continuing to treat the club like little more than a toy, this regime has insulted supporters to a point where the relationship between the club and its fans is at an all time low. Trust can’t be rebuilt until they depart.

Richard Murray, for standing by this regime

Murray’s decision to stand by and attempt to protect this failing and insulting regime means all of his credibility has been lost. He as guilty as Duchatelet and Meire.

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Katrien Meire, for going on holiday as relegation loomed

With relegation a matter of days away from being confirmed, and the club crisis, the person in charge of its day-to-day running decided to take a holiday to Dubai. Meire’s ignorance never fails to amaze.

Katrien Meire, for refusing to sign Lee Tomlin and Yann Kermorgant 

The Addicks could have signed Tomlin, who helped Bristol City avoid relegation with ease, and Kermorgant, who is Kermorgant, in January. The deals needing little more than to be finalised. But Meire decided against bringing in either of the pair.

Sometimes you think it’s not ignorance, but an intent to damage the club.

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Winner: Roland Duchatelet and Katrien Meire, for continuing to insult supporters/Roland Duchatelet and Katrien Meire, for refusing to budge

Impossible to rebuild the bridges that they have emphatically destroyed, and yet they refuse to listen to offers from those who will treat the club and its supporters with the respect it deserves.

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The Fraser Forster Award for Best Performance by an Opposition Player at The Valley

Named after the England goalkeeper’s lone effort to prevent the Addicks from scoring past Norwich in a key League One contest in 2010, the Fraser Forster Award goes to the opposition player who took advantage of Charlton’s naffness most emphatically.

Daniel Johnson – Charlton Athletic 0-3 Preston North End  

Though Paul Gallagher’s two first-half strikes crushed the Addicks in October, it was the exciting and creative Johnson who was most impressive for Preston.

The young playmaker, providing the flair in an otherwise structured and efficient side, moved into the space with the ball at his feet with a certain amount of class and style. The ball collected in composed fashion, before an effortless run forward was made, and the next pass picked out. Allowed the freedom of the midfield, and certainly taking advantage.

A quality performance rounded off with a stunning strike, to give Preston a three goal advantage, midway through the second half.

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Alan Judge – Charlton Athletic 0-3 Brentford 

A real shame that Judge suffered an injury towards the end of the season that will prevent him from heading to France with the Republic of Ireland national side, for his performances this season meant he deserved a chance to perform at a major competition.

The playmaker carried an under-performing Brentford side for much of the campaign, even managing to impress during their defeat against the Addicks at Griffin Park.

But his efforts at The Valley in October were sublime. An outrageous delivery for Jon Swift to head the Bees in front, a stunning strike curled into the far corner, and another marvellous ball through for Lasse Vibe meaning Judge played a rather delightful hand in all three Brentford goals.

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Daryl Murphy – Charlton Athletic 0-3 Ipswich Town 

Traditional and robust centre forwards have enjoyed themselves in SE7 this year. Even Ishmael Miller and Emile Heskey were able to bully Charlton’s backline.

So it no surprise that Murphy took full advantage of a weak defence. Heading Town in front in the first half after the Addicks failed to clear, before giving the Tractor Boys a third with a cool finish after the break.

His hold up play and flick-ons were superb, too, dominating Naby Sarr throughout. In some contrast to Simon Makienok, who struggled at the other end.

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Jordan Graham and Benik Afobe – Charlton Athletic 0-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 

An attacking midfielder who’s comfortable on the ball, can create and is decent in front of goal, and a big ol’ lump of a centre forward with all-round qualities. There’s a theme developing here.

The pair complemented each other incredibly well during Wolves’ win over the Addicks in December, with Afobe holding the ball up and making space for Graham, operating out wide but frequently coming inside, to exploit.

Graham’s goal, his first in senior football and assisted by Afobe out-muscling Harry Lennon before delivering across the face, deserved. Afobe, having performed for much of the season and able to bully Charlton’s defence for the entirety of the afternoon, deserving his move to Premier League Bournemouth.

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Aden Flint and Nathan Baker – Charlton Athletic 0-1 Bristol City 

Aim a ball hopelessly in the general direction of Makienok, watch as Flint or Baker towered above and won the header emphatically, and repeat.

Charlton’s attacking efforts may have been incredibly tame in the defeat to Bristol City in February, but Flint and Baker were impassable. Excellent in the air, strong in the tackle, and both reading the game very well throughout, it’s no surprise that the Robins were able to stay up with such a solid pairing at the back.

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Yann Kermorgant – Charlton Athletic 3-4 Reading 

I’m still undecided as to whether it was a joy to see Kermorgant perform so wonderfully at The Valley again, or painful to see him do so in another club’s colours.

Either way, applauding the Frenchman’s two goals for Reading was, though not universally liked, a special moment. Appreciation for a player who had been so poorly treated by this club, but still has the admiration of every Charlton supporter. Another kick in the teeth for Duchatelet’s regime.

An emphatic header, followed by a sweet curling strike into the far corner, rounded off with a defence splitting ball to feed Ola John. His performance sublime. That of the talismanic forward we stupidly threw away.

Love and miss you.

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Dale Stephens/Beram Kayal – Charlton Athletic 1-3 Brighton and Hove Albion 

Kermorgant not the only returning Addick to impress in SE7 this season. Stephens, in partnership with Kayal, were in complete control for the duration of their Brighton side’s victory at The Valley in April.

Kayal operating slightly deeper, but both effectively performing a box-to-box role. Defensively dominant, composed in possession, and Stephens, whose name was sung by home supporters, in particular playing quality passes with some regularity.

The foundations for much of the Seagulls’ success this season. The suspended Stephens will be a big loss in the play-offs.

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Tom Heaton – Charlton Athletic 0-3 Burnley  

A goalkeeper had to feature in the award name after an England international stopper at some point, but a glove-wearing candidate didn’t put himself forward until the final day.

Heaton, who will probably head to France with the England national team this summer, pulled off a number of superb stops during a period of Charlton pressure when Burnley’s advantage was only a single goal.

His finger tip save to deny Gudmundsson and his block from Harriott’s close range effort particularly impressive. A figure as important as anyone else to Sean Dyche’s side’s promotion

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Winner: Alan Judge 

I know. I haven’t given an award that he was up for to Kermorgant. But, though the Frenchman was excellent on his return to SE7, it would be wrong for me to ignore just how unplayable Judge was in October.

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The Johnnie Jackson Award for Johnnie Jacksonness

In a season where the club’s heart has suffered substantial damage, the actions of the respected skipper have often been crucial to its continued beating. Recognition for the way in which he represents the club, and performs for it, deserved.

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The Fulham comeback 

The free-kicks against the Sheffield clubs in consecutive weeks. The goals that sparked the Cardiff comeback. The QPR and Norwich winners. There are some things that only Jackson seems capable of.

And igniting the comeback against Fulham in October is something that fits into that category. The Addicks two goals down, and lacking any sort of fight, as he was thrown on with ten minutes to play. With Luzon reluctant to use him, the skipper also had a personal point to prove.

Less than a minute later, and he was inspiring the Covered End to believe. An emphatic header halving the deficit, and laying the foundations for Cousins’ stoppage-time equaliser.

His presence transforming the game.

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Bowing to supporters, as Meire mocked

Prior to the victory over Sheffield Wednesday, Meire was seen laughing at protesting Charlton supporters. Her contempt for fans, expressing legitimate concerns, insulting.

Following the victory over Sheffield Wednesday, acknowledging how important they had been in inspiring his side to victory, Jackson bowed in front of the Covered End.

A CEO who doesn’t understand the importance of supporters, and has little respect for them. A captain who couldn’t have a stronger bond with supporters, and is effectively one of them.

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His 50th Charlton goal 

Jackson’s 50th Charlton goal was never going to be a scrambled consolation in a 5-1 defeat. It was always going to be emphatic, and mean something.

A signature thumping header to give the Addicks a decisive lead against Birmingham City, and ultimately give his side their first away win of the season.

Just a shame he made a meal of the knee slide that followed. Disgusting by his high standards.

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Repaying supporters after the Huddersfield mess 

I wouldn’t ever be one to demand a refund after a poor performance. Poor performances are an unavoidable part of following an average club around the country.

But Jackson organising for the squad to refund those that travelled to Huddersfield for the 5-0 defeat in January was well timed and, as it came through him, gave a feeling that some fight and spirit remained within the club.

One of the few times this season where supporters have been treated with some respect.

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His general leadership in a time of crisis 

Motivational messages, travelling to away games despite being injured, and providing some sort of hope to cling onto as relegation became more likely.

All that in addition to being calm and composed when playing, and always giving an unquestionable amount of effort. His leadership, as you would expect, superb.

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For myself

Brentford away was a strange day for me. The first time an enjoyable football game hadn’t masked my depression and anxiety. I found it very difficult to come to terms with.

But Jackson, without prompting, being the first person to send good wishes was certainly helpful. It’s always difficult not to punish myself for having the feelings that I have, and someone who I respect so much showing they care was really important.

He was also one of the first to wish me well after having a seizure during the Middlesbrough game. Silly, but it’s a huge help.

His leadership post-relegation 

“This is my club, I’ll be here next season and I’ll be giving it everything to try and get us back.

“The supporters are the ones I’m really gutted for, the guys that came up tonight and have supported us all season – they don’t deserve this.

“We deserve this as players because we haven’t been good enough but we can’t question the support that we have received and the effort that they have put in.

“Now we’re going to have to try and give them something; it won’t undo the damage but we have to try and give them something in the last three games and try and give them some hope for next season.”

Mr Charlton.

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Winner: His leadership post-relegation 

While people with Jackson’s mentality remain at the club, standing up for supporters and fighting for them, there can at least be the smallest crumb of hope.

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The Sebby Lewis Trophy for Supporter of the Season 

In truth, every supporter that has watched even a minute of the Addicks this season deserves some sort of reward, but some fans have done that little bit extra this season. Whether that be in regards to supporting the side, or in the fight against Duchatelet.

(I’ve unquestionably missed 4,209 supporters who have done excellent jobs this season, and for that I’m very sorry.)

Seb Lewis – 850+ consecutive games, and still tr eated poorly 

When I grow up, I want to be Seb Lewis. The Colchester FA Cup tie his 850th consecutive competitive Charlton game, and that run extending to 871* by the end of the season. A ridiculous effort.

And even that isn’t enough to stop him being insulted by the club. His flag, which has hung from the side of the Lower North for as long as I can remember, confiscated in front of me before the game against Bristol City. Ultimately returned, but that it was taken in the first place absolutely ridiculous.

Seb, more than most, deserves better than this regime.

Rick Everitt – CARD organiser 

Arguably CARD’s figurehead, the protests would not be half as successful without Everitt playing such an important role in the organisation of them.

The protest ideas he’s helped to create have been excellent, while having someone so knowledgeable effectively in charge of the protesting efforts is extremely useful. We’re always one step ahead.

Admirable persistence, too. There’s no chance of Rick giving up.

Louis Mendez – Represents supporters as a member of the press

Mendez gets it. Mendez is one of us. And it’s so bloody important that someone who gets it, who is one of us, is there asking the people that matter the important questions.

Useful, too, that he’s very good at what he does. The coverage and content he’s provided throughout the season has been superb.

Joe Read – The Ademola Lookman of the protest movement

He’s a few years younger than me, much taller than me, and better looking than me. Out of bitterness and jealously, I should probably hate Joe.

So it’s a good job the excellent work he’s done as part of Spell it Out and CARD means I have nothing but complete respect for him.

Not only has he made black and white scarves fashionable again, but he’s been right at the heart of the organisational efforts behind a number of protests, including being involved in the group that travelled to Belgium.

All this while not being out of his teens. CARD’s Ademola Lookman.

Pete Finch –  Forced to walk away from club commentary

Those of you fortunate enough to not be regulars at The Valley in recent seasons will have probably had Pete Finch describe the game to you at one point or another.

And if you haven’t, you probably remember his loss of professionalism emphatic celebrations as Jackson scored a stoppage-time winner against QPR in 2014. Proper Charlton, and proper good behind the mic.

A real shame, therefore, that Pete felt he couldn’t continue to commentate under this regime.

“I commentated on the last 20 minutes of the home game against Preston and I was fighting the urge to unleash a tirade against the owner and his staff,” said Finch to VOTV.

“I could no longer commentate on the club I loved and not say something about how it was being destroyed. Rather than say something on air and get sacked, I quit.

“Our current owner does not care that we the fans fought to save this club when nobody else cared, that we have a special relationship with the club. He does not care about or understand our remarkable history.”

You hope that someone who cares about Charlton so much will return once this ownership departs.

John Hayes – CAFC sponsor to CARD sponsor

The logo of Axis, a company led by Charlton supporter John Hayes, has been dotted around The Valley for as long as I’ve been watching the Addicks.

But last Saturday, Axis’ logo was to be found in CARD’s alternative programme. Hayes deciding that his company should sponsor the protest movement, rather than this “joke” of a club.

The media team/club staff with Charlton at heart – Valiantly fighting a losing battle 

I do not envy those Addicks who currently work for the club, particularly in the media department. With many of them supporters, they’re probably in their dream job, but it’s heavily tainted by the current state of the club. Having to publish Duchatelet and Meire’s statements can’t be much fun.

Nor can it be fun to receive the abuse they do. Understandable, given that they’re the visible target to take supporter frustration, but not justifiable. They don’t deserve any of the criticism they have received this season.

They’ve done a sterling job in testing circumstances.

a2c – Doesn’t like exenophobes darn are gaff 

I can’t tell you how much I looked to seeing what ‘a2c’ had commented on each of my blog pieces throughout this season. An exciting mixture of insults and praise for Queen Katrien (name often spelt incorrectly), hidden within barely legible comments.

You’ve got to admire his persistence, though. Despite not allowing one of his comments to appear on my blog since the beginning of time, he continues to inform me that I’m this and I’m that. Hopefully Millwall’s play-off campaign will see him otherwise occupied in the weeks ahead.

Winner: The bloody lot of ’em (apart from a2c)

All of them, and everyone else that has given their all supporting and protesting this season, are proper heroes.

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Chris Powell’s Flat Cap Bloggers, Writers and Pieces of the Season 

If one positive can be taken from this season, it’s that the crisis at the club has made for some incredible pieces of writing from supporters and journalists.

One of the most important pieces is @Darryl1974’s overview of the damage Duchatelet has done to Charlton Athletic. A wonderful overview of a horrible situation.

Voice of The Valley has been a regular platform for important pieces to be published, although the publication itself has been tainted by myself continuing to contribute.

Hungry Ted’s impassioned rants are regularly marvellous, Chicago Addick’s takes on things from afar are incredibly insightful, and Brain Haines’ often more subtle and quirky take on games and events are always a delight to read.

Alex Stedman’s efforts for London24 have also been excellent. Passionate and angry, but not lacking in structure and quality.

The support of neutral/local journalists, too, has also been important. Richard Cawley of the South London Press in fine form throughout the season, while the News Shopper chaps, particularly Jake Bacon and Louis Sealey, have done some superb digging. The aforementioned Louis Mendez marvellous, too.

And there are, of course, many more writers and bloggers that have done excellent jobs this season. The community of Charlton bloggers and writers more potent than the Charlton side itself this season.


And finally… 

Even in this torrid campaign, there’s some candidates for moment of the season. A toss up between Jorge Teixeira’s winner against Birmingham, and the pre-match Brighton protests. That liar banner being dropped above Meire closely behind.

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There’s far too many moments to choose from for worst moment of the season. Each time Meire opened her mouth was pretty bad, but the back-to-back defeats to Huddersfield and Hull were bleaker than anything even she is capable of.

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Alou Diarra got my vote for Player of the Season. More consistent than Jordan Cousins, who had a poor first half of the season, and Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who sometimes underwhelmed.

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And finally, slightly repeating myself from the end of my Burnley report, thank you to everyone who has read my blog and offered support to myself this season. It’s massively appreciated, and blogging has kept me ticking over in a tough year for me both with regards to football and life itself.

I hope you all have a good summer, and Duchatelet doesn’t attempt to ruin it.

Up the Addicks. Down with the regime.

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