153. That Sinking Feeling (Charlton Ath 2 Blackpool 2)

by Jarvo J April. 18, 2009 7202 views

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Today??s post isn??t about photography. Today??s post is about wallowing in self pity. Today my football team, Charlton Athletic, were relegated. This means that next season they will start in the third tier of English football (the laughingly called Coca Cola Div 1). It will be the first time since 1981 that they have been as low.

Today wasn??t as bad as it might have been, we didn??t actually lose and we have known for a long time that this day was coming, as we are undoubtedly the worst team in the division. Over the next few weeks many more teams will be relegated from their respective divisions. For some of them the drop may be harder to take, for they have a hope that they may still stay up. Hope, when it comes to nothing, is what really leads to despair. Fortunately we never had that, so we started coming to terms with this weeks ago.

The only other positive is that the amount of pleasure that can be taken when we are successful again will be so much more for having been through the tough times. Like so many things in life, you only get out what you put in. That is why it is always better to be a genuine supporter of a struggling club, than to be an armchair follower of a Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool (etc. etc.) any day.

For anyone who has waded through all this, apologies for the picture quailty. I only had my compact with me and it was only towards the end of the match that I realised there was no-way I could make a post about anything else today, so it was all rather on the hoof.

Blackpool equalise and the East Stand starts to empty.

That's it!

The team applaud the crowd.

and vice-versa.

It's hard to take.

Disbelief.

It's all over, but not everyone's ready to go home.

It's a long walk back to the car.

The badge as it should look.

And amended to show where we are going.

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Ittakesallsorts 12 years, 5 months ago

Sorry you lost- but a Great set - ;-)

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Ricardo 12 years, 5 months ago

hahaha I hate football also :D
Ahaha ^^
But very nice play!;)

Nice set Jon!^^

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jet28 12 years, 5 months ago

Commiserations! My team's lost the first three games of the season, after being the premiers last year. What do they say about, "through thick and thin"? Hang in there :-)))

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Gillian 12 years, 5 months ago

Black arm bands all round - have you tried to sell the new badge to the team?

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Gonia 12 years, 5 months ago

I'm so sorry about you!some are coming up and some are coming down.v.sorry, but your pictures are better then yout team is playing!

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Michael Sakowicz 12 years, 5 months ago

Fantastic angle/perspective for shot one. Nice set.

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Marsha 12 years, 5 months ago

Sorry about your team. The body language of the guy in #6 says it all. I do like the angle you put on #1 - looks as if the crowd is being dumped out of the stands.

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
Brian 12 years, 5 months ago

It can be very frustrating rooting for a struggling team. Hope they don't take too long to turn it around.

12 years, 5 months ago Edited
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