As Brentford fans we recall the days of Noades and Webb , with anguish. If anyone is free and not travelling to MK Dons on saturday, they might consider supporting Charlton here. The Brighton fans already are doing so and I wish them well. For Tarkowski and Transfer related reasons most Brentford fans would welcome Brighton gaining promotion at the expense of Burnley.
Following the team’s relegation to League One on Tuesday night, the Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet (CARD) is calling on all Charlton fans who want the owner to sell the club to march on The Valley from Charlton Church Lane at 2.15pm on Saturday.
CARD is planning another massive pre-match protest, along similar lines to the funeral procession before the Middlesbrough game last month, which will assemble outside the Charlton Liberal Club, opposite the junction with Sundorne Road, from 2pm.
And we need the help of volunteers to make it happen. If you want to help, and can get to the ground for 1pm, please email Charlton.firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s plenty going on!
This time we will also be joined by supporters of opponents Brighton & Hove Albion*, who are turning out to back CARD in acknowledgement of the contribution Addicks supporters made to their Fans United day at the Goldstone Ground 19 years ago.
But we need a huge turnout to show the extent of anger and the determination among Charlton supporters of all ages to drive Duchatelet, chief executive Katrien Meire and their apologists out of the club – and we’ll be bringing some protest materials along to ensure that it is an appropriate spectacle for the media.
With the team’s fate confirmed, we’re chucking the kitchen sink at the regime this weekend. The march is just the start. CARD is organising further protests during the match, and is also calling for fans to reassemble in the west stand car park at the final whistle – and to make the whole afternoon as uncomfortable as possible for Meire and chairman Richard Murray.
Since Duchatelet hasn’t attended a match since October 21st, 2014, there seems little chance him being there on Saturday. But you never know…
Further details of our plans for Saturday will follow at the end of the week and on the matchday itself, but CARD is planning its biggest show of strength yet and we need every Charlton fan who shares our view to stand alongside us.
We continue to liaise with the Metropolitan Police to ensure the safety of all supporters, and we urge fans to avoid actions that will bring them into conflict with the police, including any xenophobic, racist or sexist chanting or slogans, as well as flares.
(*In February 1997, a significant number of Charlton fans travelled to Sussex to help support Brighton fans in their hour of need. The Fans United protest that day saw supporters travel to the match versus Hartlepool United from all over the country, but few if any of the non-participating clubs were as well represented as the Addicks. The Seagulls were about to lose the Goldstone Ground and no set of fans knew more about being homeless than ours. Since then there has been a special bond between the two groups of fans – and not just because of our mutual disdain for Crystal Palace. On Saturday, we will be Fans United once again.)