CAFC – a season to savour

After a few short summaries on how the Addicks season has progressed, the “another great result” format is wearing thin. More league and cup wins followed by a couple of draws haven’t dampened my enthusiasm from afar, but finding new superlatives and praise is certainly getting harder as the weeks and games go by.

Despite being restricted to glimpses of games on the BBC, through sites like not606, I can still feel fully involved in this seasons promotion bid, and that’s a good thing. And it’s just as well not606 exists as coverage of teams outside of the premier league is, well, somewhat lacking to say the least. Having said that, what I do find is an absence of gossip and other premiership drivel. It’s actually rather refreshing not to have to endure reading about the mindless antics of the well remunerated elite in the so called best league in the world.

Life in the 3rd division is all about the game, it’s all that matters and I’m thankful for that. But would I want to remain taking n 3rd tier footie? The Brit in me responds with a resounding no. From what I’ve seen, League 1 brings at times slapstick defending, neck aching inducing long balls and parklife finishing. So, I’m left with the tension that exists between the desire for a higher standard of footie and the knowledge that when the coveted land of the prem comes once again, CAFC news will be crowded out once more by the tabloid exploits of “enter big name of the day here” rather than being non-existent. Seems like a no win thing really. But that’s all part of supporting a club rather than being sucked in to the world of the trophy hunter. Maybe, that’s something to explore another day.

In the meantime I’ll look for new angles on what I hope to be Charlton’s promotion season,

Oh, and if I really want to take in League 1 level footie I can head for the nearest MLS game.

CAFC continue the roll

Can the smile get any wider? Another week, another win as the reborn Addicks claim another 3 points at Brentford.

BWP celebrates another goal

Pic from TeamTalk

When I left the UK the final London derby I saw was against Spurs. It was the game that consigned Charlton to the Championship. It was a miserable game.

This London derby, 2 leagues lower than the Premiership, seems far from a classic, but winning when playing below par at places where previous results had been poor is a sign that the this is team that wants Championship football next season.

Next week it’s Huddersfield who are undefeated in the league for 46 games (they’ve lost the important play-off games though!). This will be another big test of the Addicks promotion credentials.  I can’t wait.

CAFC see off Halifax in the FA Cup

My breath was held. Games like this against lower or non-league opposition have time after time proven Charlton’s downfall. To the more seasoned Addick, this game was 1-0 Halifax certainty.

Halifax vs CAFC

Danny Hollands slots in CAFC's third. Pic from the Guardian website

But this season is different and the Addicks continue to score for fun. Another 4 goals, that’s 19 in the last 5 games, put paid to any giant killing hopes and Charlton are a game away from a possible money spinning third round tie against one of the current ‘big boys’. Check out the match report.

I’m supposed to be becoming Canadian, but I’m afraid that I still don’t get the idea of an 80 game season that doesn’t have a winner. So, sorry Canucks, you’ll have to wait a little longer to gain my affection. Oh, and as for the Whitecaps, I seriously hope the second MLS season is an improvement on this one. The fanbase is certainly there, the enthusiasm is too, Unfortunately the defence has been absent on far too many occasions and the ability to find the back of the regularly has also been a feature of the season. Amazingly Whitecaps end their MLS debut year with 2 of the 4 goals of the season. If only these flew in every week,

Fireworks at the Valley

For the first time since leaving the UK for Canada I can smile at Charlton’s progress. I’ve been reluctant to put finger to keyboard too early in the season, but hey, it’s time to celebrate fireworks at the Valley as CAFC demolish Preston 5-2. Next stop the Championship. This is a team that actually wants to win and wants to play at a higher level. The match report says it all.

I’ve been challenged to add CAFC snippets to BC Brit on a more regular basis by the folks at West Coast Digress. Challenge accepted.

 

HNIC theme under threat

I’m most likely the last person in Canada to post something about the Hockey Night in Canada (HNIC) theme being under threat [gam]. To be honest I wondered what all the fuss was about, it’s only the theme music to a sports show after all. I didn’t think Canadians got particularly agitated about anything, but this seemed to touch an exposed nerve (check out Miss604. You can count on Rebecca to have the nations pulse firmly under her thumb). So, lighten up Canada was my first thought.

And then I started to think a bit more. As a relative newbie, having only just lived through my first full NHL season I really didn’t get in to the national sport that much. The matches were so frequent that to be honest I simply lost interest, I became saturated in NHL games. The Canucks games were not a special event to me, just another game, and when there’s 2 or 3 a week at times it becomes a so what experience.

However, this is Canada and hockey is the national sport (not Ice Hockey, it’s hockey, the other hockey is Field Hockey, not Hockey, if you follow me). This led me to thinking about football (not ‘chuckball’, real football). What if the English national sport lost it’s most recognisable theme tune? What would happen if Match of the Day lost it’s tune because the guy who owned the copyright upped the fees.

How would the English feel? I guess that’s when I suddenly understood how a Canadian that’s in to hockey feels. Certain aspects of our popular culture get embedded in to our consciousness. It’s not a theme tune, it’s part of being Canadian or English in MotD’s case. Even though the BBC have been in a situation in the past where the broadcast rights were lost, when MotD returned, so did the theme tune. No makeover, just the classic. The HNIC theme seems to be very much the MotD equivalent

I then remembered the debate at Charlton when it was decided to replace the song the team runs out to (Red Red Robin). Absolute outrage, it’s part of the clubs history, okay since the 50’s, but that’s still a pretty good run, and supporters didn’t want it consigned to the history books. The song remains the same.

So, I’m now treating this whole furore as an educational experience. I’m finding out a bit more about being Canadian.