Saturday sees Charlton welcome Coventry City to The Valley in a fixture that, for many, sees off pitch events take precedence over those on it. In keeping with the general mood of the fans CARD committed to no major protests/game disruptions at The Valley for the start of the season. That period is over. CARD's position changes from now. The 2% are very much alive and kicking.
The situation has become somewhat clearer to the majority of The Valley faithful. The squad is still grossly imbalanced and severely lacking in central midfield while we have seemingly made another poor appointment to lead the team. The problems go much further than Russell Slade but his staggeringly negative tactics are not doing much to improve the restless natives in SE7.
This is compounded by the release of the events pertaining to twenty-something network scout Thomas Driesen. It is utterly inconceivable to believe there has been a fundamental change of approach in the running of the football club while this man is still involved.
It is not only Thomas Driesen who is the embodiment of the failures of Roland Duchatelet's regime. Much-maligned CEO Katrien Meire continues to make errors which, as a fan base, is something we are very much accustomed to. The latest of these errors involves the blatant PR move whereby the club invited CARD for a meeting only to send that information straight to the press. Katrien sent the email to three addresses but one was not recognisable to CARD and was actually sent to a completely random "Joe Read". I'm sure he was rather surprised, although probably not as surprised as I would have been if it had actually found its way into my inbox like it was supposed to!
Moving onto the forthcoming game and CARD have called upon boycotters to return to The Valley to protest on Saturday and I feel that it is a point to be stressed. We need to show the strength of feeling and we need to show that we have not gone away, so please return - there will be plenty of things to do!
There will be a march from the ground at 2:15pm (fans have been asked to meet at the Liberal Club at 2pm) and it is with pleasure that we will have Coventry City fans joining us in an attempt to show that fans can fight together against incompetent ownership.
This is not the first time that opposition supporters have joined us in their support for Charlton fans. Brighton and Hove Albion fans played a fantastic part in the last march to the ground and Burnley fans even halted their title celebrations on the pitch at The Valley to join in with the chants of "We Want Roland Out".
Coventry City fans are fighting their own battles. A disastrous nine years under their current owners leave Coventry sat at the foot of league one, I'm sure every Charlton fan wishes their counterparts on Saturday the very best in their bid to rid their club of SISU.
I believe that CARD was more than reasonable at the start of the season with regards to the lack of big protests. There was a general wish from the fan base to see how the season would start. However, it is now glaringly obvious; nothing has changed. The fight must go on.
CARD's latest video in the build up to the protest on Saturday can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjksWUJkZK8&feature=youtu.be