It with great sadness CAS Trust learns of the passing of member and long-term Charlton fan and activist, Craig Norris. His prominent role representing fans goes back to the dark days of Selhurst Park.
Craig was first taken to the Valley in the seventies by his uncle. He was soon hooked and a regular - though he never quite came to terms with the fact that winning 6-2 at home (Southampton, September 1976) wasn’t a regular occurrence.
He became involved in football politics during our time at Selhurst, answering the rallying cry of the Valley Party leading to him standing in the 1990 local elections. This led to his joining the Supporters’ Club Committee, which he went on to chair. He then stood for election again, this time fulfilling a two-year role representing fans as VIP Director in the mid-nineties. His knowledge and analytical skills were well respected and appreciated by the whole Board.
Probably greatest amongst Craig’s many significant and valuable achievements was Target 10,000, behind which he was one of the leading brains. This set out a staged plan to fill the new seats that became available as the revamped Valley grew in size, and was the basis for the massive growth in fans attending games over the next decade. The recent decline in attendances caused him much heartache.
Craig had a successful career in the Civil Service, reaching a senior position in HMRC, before taking retirement a few years ago. He was passionate about all sport. If anything challenged Craig’s feelings for Charlton, his love of cricket matched a deep knowledge and understanding of the game. He was rightly proud of his son, David’s, many achievements as an accomplished spin bowler.
Craig was a loving family man, passing on the Charlton baton to David, who has been a season-ticket holder since his early years. Our thoughts are with his wife Sheila, and children David and Rachel at this time.