- 15 Dec 2017
I know what the ground needs, a bulldozer
The council own sandy lane, which you can fit Charlton's ground into (try it on Google maps!). It's close to the ring road, also has an unused car park already on site behind Tesco, and a railway track running alongside for a potential stadium station. Just one idea what will never happen, but at least it's an idea! There are limited places around Oxford, I think that has untapped potentialEasy comment to make . And where are we playing then? Wycombe? Cutteslowe Park?
Without wishing to veer wildly off-topic (but I’ll continue) I think the reason for particular gloom is that we were seemingly so close to something better.I can think of several truly s**t seasons in recent years far worse than 18/19. I actually think this season has been rather entertaining in a ghoulish sort of way.
The council have told the club it’s not viable. I’m not sure what the reason was.The council own sandy lane, which you can fit Charlton's ground into (try it on Google maps!). It's close to the ring road, also has an unused car park already on site behind Tesco, and a railway track running alongside for a potential stadium station. Just one idea what will never happen, but at least it's an idea! There are limited places around Oxford, I think that has untapped potential
It was a financial decision by SD & co to not raise their bar to buy the club, it was in their hands but couldn’t see the financial advantage over the emotional commitment to buy the club, a new ground was off the table then so there was no financial light at the end of the tunnel for them to pursue.Without wishing to veer wildly off-topic (but I’ll continue) I think the reason for particular gloom is that we were seemingly so close to something better.
We had a great manager two seasons ago and Eales had brilliantly laid the foundations for the next step up. That could have seen a local multi-millionaire fan with deep pockets and a foreign investor with even deeper pockets come on board. Instead they’ve snapped up one of the best supported clubs in the country.
And what are we left with? Flirting with relegation to potentially be exactly where we were again three seasons ago. Unpaid tax bills. And now this latest news re: the Ultras (which is entirely their decision so absolutely no blame being laid at their door) and it’s just another smack round the head.
I’m an eternal optimist but what are we clinging to right now exactly? Basically that our manager implies that something positive might happen in the future behind the scenes in a typically vague, unstratrgic fashion in a post-match interview. Inexplicably, he’s having to be both coach and acting CEO on media duties due to vacuum of information. Even when club officials are put up for interviews they say half of less than nothing.
And hey, maybe things WILL turn out to be rosy in the future. Pretty unrealistic to expect the fanbase to be anything less than cynical about its likelihood however - we have been burned many, many times before.
Nick Harris got it right when he was reflecting on Stewart Donald’s interview on Saturday. A sense of sadness is palpable of what could have been possible.
It’s a hell of a post sir.I have had to register for this , the workshop these lads have put in as been second to none. The enhancement of our New owner is not there , and we got sold down the river by the old one! Struggling to see why , you put in person in place to make life hard for people who only have tried to make match days better! Because they have a point of view?
There may be one off good atmospheres but mostly it’s poor as a result of the stadium.I’ve read plenty of away supporter comments saying they enjoy the atmosphere and the view from the north stand.
We all know what the ground needs - a fourth stand..