Ramsgate: Some of the worst fears of Voice of the Valley readers were realised when it was reported that fanzine staff were heading to the country's largest pub, the Royal Victoria Wetherspoons on the resort's seafront. Would the staff be too merry to complete the task of editing and producing VOTV 137?
However, it now appears that the latest issue has been put safely to bed. The articles have been sub-edited, the pages set up and everything sent off to the printers ready for Rick Everitt to drive his white van up from the coast and Saturday and distribute copies to his happy band of helpers to sell around The Valley.
The staff are off to the pub to celebrate what the Rickster has called a 'cracking' issue. I must admit that I was concerned about my own article which was the longest I have ever written for the fanzine. It struck me as a little too stream of consciousness and I urged Rick to make liberal use of his blue pencil once he had donned his green eyeshade.
Rick has certainly had to write less of the issue himself and among the contributors are Kyle Andrews who is in my view one of the best online commentators on Charlton, particularly when it comes to match reports. There is also an article by an ex-director and an ex-player interview. Rick is pleased with the range and quality of the interviews, so he may go beyond one pint of shandy at the Royal Vic.
Ironically, just as Charlton are doing much better, my non-league team Leamington are doing much worse. I inadvertently had some teeth dislodged in the celebrations when Leamington's keeper scored the opening goal against Alfreton Town last night (they eventually lost 2-3) and have an early morning visit to the dentist tomorrow.