Wednesday night saw the start of our coverage of the pre-season friendlies, with Charlton’s clash at Aldershot, the live commentary very nearly did not happen, the lead that connects us to the ISDN line was missing, after a mild panic and some cursing we manage to get hold of one, many thanks to IT Freedom of Aldershot who bailed us out.
So it was good for us to finally get underway, with so many new faces in the line-up the early exchanges were not the easiest for Terry, I was alright, all I had to do was summarise so it was easy for me. For the first time listeners were able to tweet questions to myself and Terry, which during the lulls in play we were able to try and answer, and very good they were too, with the exception of Al Gordon who wanted me to sing for some reason. It appears the line dropped out at half time and as a result we missed Paul Benson’s headed goal, a goal that was created by the ability of Danny Green, our apologies for missing that, we had no idea the line had dropped, it was only when members of the team at home contacted us that we knew there was a problem. The game itself was in Chris Powell’s words more about fitness than performance, talking of the manager, he takes his time to appear and talk to us after the games, not one to be rushed our manager. Hopefully you enjoyed the commentary, if you did then good news, we will be back this Saturday live from Woking, starting at 2.30 with some words from Chris Powell and new signing Michael Morrison, joinging Waldorf and Stadler (thats our new names apparently) will be Paul Glover, or Glovepup to you on lot on twitter, so be gentle with him! Again on Saturday you can send questions via twitter to @charltonlive and we may even have access to email, but we will let you know live on the air on Saturday. Our next commentary after Woking will be from home sweet home as Charlton take on Den Bosch at the Valley on Tuesday evening, I have a feeling Terry and I will struggle with the Dutch names.
Off the pitch it was goodbye to Alan McCormack who was released by the Club, I was saddened by some of the twitter abuse he received, here was a man who was extremely honest with us at the POTY Dinner regarding the seasons performance from himself as an individual, and who was determined to show the fans he could play better, sadly we will never know, we found him to be a very likeable man who made a point of spending a lot of time with us at the dinner, here’s hoping thinks turn out better for him. The other shock news was that the club had accepted a bid from Notts County for Paul Benson, Benno is another top fella, who goes out of his way to talk to us (as long as he gets his Rolo’s), and was along with Johnnie Jackson, going to do some bits with us next week at the training ground, I hope he stays as I think there was evidence that Danny Green can provide the service he requires.
That’s enough from me now, other than to say the Sunday show will be back on Sunday 31st July at 7pm, with all the usual stuff, and don’t forget to join us at 2.30pm on CAFC Player for live commentary of the Woking game.