Sunday, 23 May 2010

Boom time for Blackpool, recession for Charlton.

Well done to Blackpool they have secured their financial position for the next few years, subject to Burnleyesque controls on the purse strings. Well done Particularly to Ian Holloway, a man who I thought was just a clown, who for a few months now I realise is a good manager.
Hopefully the civic dignitaries of Blackpool will recognise the achievement, because the move to the premiership will add significantly to the economy of Blackpool town for the next 12 months, from increased revenue from visiting fans to the increased expenditure on the completion of the groiund and higher disposable income of the players. Blackpool sounds like a well run club (lest we forget so did we!), apparently the players move onto summer contracts now and are being paid £90 per week, nice money if you can get it!
The effects of falling from the grace of the Premiership is all too well known at Charlton. A microcosm of the effect on the local economy can be seen at the Rose of Denmark, a friendly Charlton fans and away fans pub on the Woolwich Rd. During the Prem years the Rod was always bursting on match days, from 11.00 am onwards, nowadays you can get there at 14.00 and easily get to the bar. The car park is virtually empty and the extension built during the heights of our success is really no longer needed.
We talk about football clubs being parts of the community and the two different perspectives of Blackpool and Charlton highlight this!

2 comments:

Wyn Grant said...

The last two times I have been to the RoD I haven't been able to get served! Become too much of an away pub.

Kappacino Kid said...

To be fair though Wyn they were Norwich and Leeds, whose aggregate attendance at the Rose of Denmark was probably more than the cumulative attendance of the rest of the third tier supporters throughout the season.