A number of Charlton fans made the trip to Belgium this weekend just gone, to see Charlton compete in the Stayen Cup.
We aren't sure who won, but its the taking part that matters.. whomever it was its pretty certain it wasn't CAFC. Expectations weren't that high given the timing of the event which saw Charlton compete against two Belgium teams:
Standard Liege - who bizarrely had to wear bibs, see pic above (45 mins) The Addicks losing 2-0
Sint-Truden (90 minutes) drawing 0-0
The games were the first of Charlton's warm up matches (before even the previous traditional curtain raiser at Welling). The Belgium league programme starts sooner than the English one meaning Charlton could possibly be excused for being a bit rusty, not to mention a major squad rebuild going on. Perhaps next year if the tournament happens again there will be a closer alignment of the schedules allowing for a more competitive edge, maybe even hosted in England - who knows? Despite that Charlton were starting to look better by the time of the second half of the Sint-Truden match.
Fans back in the UK were able to watch via you-tube, no doubt in-between watching the World Cup quarter finals on terrestrial TV. Commentary was excellently provided by the Charlton Live team, in what was a professional looking first attempt at a network wide competition. The Trusts' very own fan on tour Aaron Bowley Tweeted updates and pictures throughout - Thanks Aaron.
We're interested to hear any accounts from fans who made the trip. Whether you are a fan of the network or not, it certainly adds a different dimension to supporting Charlton nowadays. You can read more about the tournament, and see highlights of the games on the Club website here. Charlton will travel to Spain next week after the Welling opener on Saturday giving new first team coach Bob Peeters another chance to assess his squad building.