Friday 16 September 2022

Cod Army are global force

Manchester City have their global City Football Group and now Chelsea are seeking to emulate them:

What is not often realised is that Saturday's opponents Fleetwood Town are ahead of the curve.  Fleetwood United are in the UAE's third division and Western Cape Fleetwood are in South Africa's fourth division.  They share the Cod Army's strip.   The owner has companies in Dubai and Cape Town.

Fleetwood are the type of club that Charlton fans moan about when they express their disquiet about having to play in League One.   The population of the town is 25,000, but the club has made £3m from transfer fees in recent seasons.

Every team in League One is there on merit and we have no divine right to beat them because we are a 'big' club.  Fleetwood beat Peterborough 1-0 away midweek.   An away point tomorrow would satisfy me.

Remember the recipe for a long life: support Charlton and only drink alcohol when they win.

I'm going to watch my local non-league club, Leamington, at home in the FA Cup tomorrow.  Admission is £10 with a free cup of tea and biscuits at half time.   The Brakes now have the best defensive record of any club from the Premier League downwards this season, largely thanks to 'The Hawk', the keeper brought in from Burton Albion.

The CAS Trust preview is pessimistic:

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