The miserable decline of Charlton Athletic

An excellent, insightful summary of two decades of decline by Daniel Storey in The I Paper.

"It’s worth describing, at this point, just how thoroughly upsetting this all is for supporters. The constancy of the barrage is as bewildering as it is exhausting. This is a club whose support has permeated through generations of families and connects friendship groups. Your football club is supposed to be a place of relief, companionship, escape, connection and excitement. It is not supposed to be something you dread appearing in headlines or news reports, a place of disarray and angst. Clubs deserve better. We deserve better."

"If there is unease, it probably centres more around inglorious recent history than the present. Charlton Athletic is, like so many others above, below and around them, a deeply wonderful football club and a community institution. It deserved better than being bounced around between one unideal – and sometimes uncaring – owner after another. It needed protection and what it got was vandalism."

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