I’ve not posted anything on this blog
for months partly due to laziness and the lack of action but mainly the
seemingly never ending ongoing ownership issues.
I had intended to dust down the old
laptop to post something celebratory if, and when, Thomas Sandgaard took over.
Sadly, for totally opposite reasons
I’m now typing away to post on the blog.
It was a real shock to learn just a
couple of hours ago of the passing of Chris Thompson. My condolences go to his
wife and family.
Chris aka Ketts aka Dr Kish was a
lovely, lovely man. He had such a wealth of knowledge of football that extended
well beyond Charlton.
Chris was also a very proud family
man who he always spoke of very fondly.
I first met Chris when we played
Norwich away on Saturday 19th September 2009.
It was typical of him that he
arranged to meet at half time in response to my request to publish my blog on
the Dr Kish site.
He agreed even though I was hardly
adding to the excellence of the site!
Following that we’d meet up with John
and various others at half time at home games and chew the fat over all things
In more recent years Chris was accompanied
by his grandson. He was clearly proud and pleased that he too had developed a
love of the Addicks.
Chris was able to offer more insight
into proceedings not just because he was teetotal and I am usually a bit
squiffy from pre-match imbibing!
Chris had a fantastic ability to read
the game and his Charlton knowledge was second to none of course. Partly that
arose from not having missed a game, home or away, over many, many years.
Chris had such dedication to the
Charlton cause that holidays were always booked to coincide with gaps in the
fixture list that allowed to pop down to his beloved Cornwall for a few days.
Regular readers of Dr Kish will be
aware of Chris’s meticulous planning for away games that would often see him
walking the dog at about 5am before heading to catch what must have been the
first train out of Kettering!
In as much as a few thirst quenchers
are part of the match day ritual for me, Chris’s pleasure arose from pre-match
fish and chips. I believe he had an encyclopedic knowledge of all the best 92
football ground chippies!
Chris was always so encouraging in
respect of my blogging efforts. Very generous of him as, in that respect, he
was Shakespeare to my Steve Bruce!
Chris was nothing less than prolific
in respect of his blog. The quantity of his output never diminished the quality
despite publishing something on an almost daily basis.
This was something he managed to achieve
even during the summer, quite an achievement. Further to that what he wrote was
always relevant and insightful.
I spoke to Chris several times over
the lockdown and during the summer. The lack of football for such a dedicated
fan was hugely frustrating, as was, the wait for his second knee operation with
the first one causing him to miss a game for the first time in many a year.
When I last spoke to him about two
weeks ago, I observed that this was the longest period I’d gone without seeing
him since we first met him all those years ago at Carrow Road.
Only the close season would not see
us meet up. When we did it was always like we’d only seen each other a few days
ago such is the camaraderie of the Charlton fan!
Chris’s love affair with Charlton
goes back to 1952 and he was an Addick courtesy of his dad who took him to his
first game on 24th April that year.
Of course during that time he
witnessed some amazing games and events. Chris cited the infamous 7-6 win over
Huddersfield as his favourite game and his all-time favourite player as Johnnie
Jackson whom he described as a genuine legend.
Chris described supporting Charlton
as being part of one large family. Amen to that! He is so right of course and
it’s one very special family.
Matches at The Valley will indeed never be the same and I do feel I've lost a family member.
Fans like Chris are the lifeblood of
every football club and people like Southall, Farnell etc. could never
understand the passion, enthusiasm and dedication of someone like Chris.
They are the complete antithesis of
the genuine, lovely man who loved his club and gave so much of his life to
For the sake of the memory of fans
like Chris, Seb and many others we have to pray that the club will rise again
to honour the dedication they showed towards it.
RIP Chris, thanks for the friendship, support and memories over all those years. You will be greatly missed by so many