Why I support Charlton Athletic

Charlton Athletic

I like to propose a toast with my glass of J2O to my team, Charlton Athletic Football Club, who were founded 110 years ago on this very day.

When it comes to answering questions you would think that my most asked question would revolve around my autism and how I cope, etc, etc. However, my most asked question, since I was young has actually been, “why do you support Charlton?”

People are often baffled by the fact that I support Charlton, as I live in the North of England and Charlton is a London based club.

As it’s one of my most asked questions I will take this opportunity to explain why I support them. =)

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I started off as a Manchester United supporter. My reason for supporting Man Utd is rather silly but true. Back then, my Dad had big curly hair, the exact replica of Bryan May. I thought wild bushy hair was masculine and cool. At that time I came across a player called Karel Poborsky, he’s a Czech Republican international who played for Manchester United. It was at that moment that I became a Man Utd supporter… all because of Karel Poborsky and his hair. XD

Inevitably, I stopped supporting the Red Devils as soon as Poborsky left them. Haha.

For a good while I never had an interest in any particular club but one name did stand out, “Charlton Athletic.” I first learned that name in my brother’s Subbuteo set. For some reason, I was really taken by that name. I remember seeing them on the Gillette Soccer Saturday updates when they lost to Ipswich and I was surprisingly disappointed. I didn’t know how but I memorised the badge, the name, and the kit colour.

The Play-Offs Semi-Finals were on and Charlton managed to win their match and progressed to the Play-Offs Final. I found myself beaming that they won their match, but it never really registered why. All of my strange feelings and affection towards Charlton came to fruition when they played against Sunderland in the Play-Offs Final 1998.

During that match I found myself cheering for Charlton all the way. I would cry and run upstairs to my room every time Sunderland scored and would run back down if Charlton equalised. I cheered for Charlton much louder than I ever did for Man Utd. They were genuine and honest cheers too. I cheered loudest when Sasa Ilic saved that Penalty from that Penalty Shoot-out.

It was at that moment that I realised that I was a Charlton supporter.

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I suppose I haven’t really answered my own question. Why do I support Charlton? I’m not sure why, I just do. However, when I had my epiphany and discovered the Charlton fan in myself I learned that my Mum supported Charlton, my Uncle supported Charlton and my Granddad supported Charlton. So, if I were to give an answer I would say that it’s in the family blood. =)

One of the best moments of my life did involve Charlton Athletic as I was actually their mascot in one of their away games. Their company as a whole is friendly and I can vouch for their greatness as I have been involved with their players and staff personally, if only for a brief spell. I was slightly gutted that I never got to meet Alan Curbishley and Clive Mendonca, but I was still pleased that I got to meet all the players and staff like Chrissy Powell, Keith Peacock and Mark Kinsella.

Being a Charlton mascot was definitely a supreme moment and it’s a moment that will never go away. =D

THANKS FOR READING

Super Clive Mendonca Day

There’s no doubt in my mind that I will still get asked this question time and time again, but I don’t mind as the answer is daft but humorous. =)

Thanks for reading.

Namaste.^^/

Ryan

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PFA Awards 2014 Predictions

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Spring Tidings.^^/

 

This season has been a very good season for Football, especially in the Premier League. The only downer for me in this season is that there were a good number of managers who were sacked, but that’s another story to tell on another day. 😉

 

I never would have thought that Liverpool would be in the hunt for the league title. They’ve generally been consistent through their performances, played some good high-tempo and scored a lot of goals. It’s those goals that are making them firm favourites to win it. It’s been a long time coming too for a big club like Liverpool to not have any league championships on their CV.

 

It’ll be nice for Steven Gerrard too. With Gerrard in the side, Liverpool have won many trophies; FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield, Champion’s League, UEFA Cup (now Europa League) and Super Cup. But the only honour they haven’t won with Gerrard in the team is the league title. A couple of games ago Gerrard was very emotional. If they win it I reckon we’ll see tears of joy.

 

Today’s game between Liverpool and Chelsea was a cracker! Chelsea employed the tactic of slowing down the pace in order to frustrate Liverpool. It appeared to work as Liverpool couldn’t really hit a shot on target in the first half. One can never tell what Jose is thinking or plotting for his next game but he’s very entertaining to watch; whether it’s his antics on the field or during the pre/post match interviews. =)

 

And now, the PFA Awards…

I’m going to give you my personal opinion of who I feel deserves to be player of the year and who I think will win player of the year. To guess correctly I will attempt and look at them from the player’s point of view. Who do I think they will pick?

 

Football League Championship Team of the Year

My Personal Choice

GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley)

DR: Andre Wisdom (Derby County ON-LOAN)

DC: West Morgan (Leicester City)

DC: Clint Hill (Queen’s Park Rangers)

DL: Daniel Lafferty (Burnley)

MR: Ross Wallace (Burnley)

MC: Will Hughes (Derby County)

MC: Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City)

ML: Anthony Knockheart (Leicester City)

ST: Chris Martin (Derby County)

ST: Danny Ings (Burnley)

Who I think will get the places

GK: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)

DR: Kieran Tripper (Burnley)

DC: Wes Morgan (Leicester City)

DC: Clint Hill (Queen’s Park Rangers)

DL: Daniel Lafferty (Burnley)

MR: Michael Kightly (Burnley)

MC: Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City)

MC: Will Hughes (Derby County)

ML: Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City)

ST: Ross McCormack (Leeds United)

ST: David Nugent (Leicester City)

 

Premiership Team of the Year

My Personal Choice

GK: David Marshall (Cardiff City)

DR: Seamus Coleman (Everton)

DC: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

DC: Phil Jagielka (Everton)

DL: Leighton Baines (Everton)

MR: Kevin Miralles (Everton)

MC: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

MC: Adam Lallana (Southampton)

ML: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

ST: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

Who I think will get the places

GK: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)

DR: Seamus Coleman (Everton)

DC: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

DC: Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

DL: Leighton Baines (Everton)

MR: Kevin Miralles (Everton)

MC: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

MC: Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

ML: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

ST: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

 

PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year

My Predictions

First: Jordan Nobbs – Arsenal Ladies

Second: Lucy Bronze – Liverpool Ladies

Third: Danielle Carter – Arsenal Ladies

 

PFA Women’s Player of the Year

My Predictions

First: Kim Little – Seattle Reign

Second: Nicole Rosler – Liverpool Ladies

Third: Siobhan Chamberlain – Arsenal Ladies

 

PFA Player’s Young Player of the Year

My Choice

First: Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal

Second: Daniel Sturridge – Liverpool

Third: Luke Shaw – Southampton

My Predictions

First: Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal

Second: Eden Hazard – Chelsea

Third: Ross Barkley – Everton

 

PFA Player’s Young Player of the Year

Nominees

Eden Hazard – Chelsea

Steven Gerrard – Liverpool

Yaya Toure – Manchester City

Luis Suarez – Liverpool

Adam Lallana – Southampton

Daniel Sturridge – Liverpool

 

My Choice

First: Luis Suarez

Second: Steven Gerrard

Third: Adam Lallana

 

My Predictions

First: Luis Suarez

Second: Yaya Toure

Third: Daniel Sturridge

 

PFA Merit Award

It’s hard to gauge and guess who will win this award since it’s like a special achievement. Hmm… it tends to go to players who have been world class in their time like Pele or players who have made over 1,000 appearances like Graham Alexander… It’s a mystery. I’ll just tell you who I think deserves the merit award or at least be considered…

  • Ryan Giggs: He has played in every single Premier League season. Up until now he has scored in every season but it doesn’t look like that will continue, since he has become the interim manager of Man Utd. Regardless, I think making an appearance every season, since the Prem started, is quite a feat. So, Giggsy getting this award would not be surprising.
  • There’s this gentleman who I think deserves this award more then any, the only problem is…I forgot his name and I forgot which club he has managed. XD! Basically he was a non-league manager. He has managed a certain non-league team from 1963 until 2013, exactly 50 years. He retired last year when he was in his seventies. Sky Sports News documented this and in his last game all the past players came to pay their respects for his retirement. If I recall right his team lost 6-3. I feel silly for forgetting his name but I feel he truly deserves this award because of his dedication to the game.[1]
  • Chris Powell: Slightly biased perhaps considering I’m a Charlton fan but he has done one heck of a lot off the field. It’s not just Powell, Charlton do a lot of community work and this was actually acknowledged in the House of Commons some time ago. In fact, the leader and founder of the Charlton Community Trust, James Morgan, was rewarded with the MBE recently because of his contribution to the community. =)

 

What do you think of this season’s Football? Have you enjoyed it? Who do you think will win the Premier League? I’m not a betting man but at this very moment I think that its Liverpool’s to lose. I’m going to be glued to my couch for the next couple of weeks; it is an exciting time to be a Football fan. =D

 

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

 

[1] The gentleman is called Jimmy Davies and the team that he managed for 50 years is Waterloo Dock AFC, based in the Liverpool County Premier League. I knew it was along the lines of Waterloo. Haha.