On Tuesday night at the Macron stadium the Addicks’ fate was sealed, by a mathematically confirmed relegation into Football League One after only grabbing a draw from the only team which are below Charlton this season.

Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet (CARD), a protest group purely setup to remove the Belgian Tycoon, Roland Duchatelet, from the South East London side. The group is rallying the fans in SE7 this Saturday after the disheartening news of relegation.

The feelings around the Charlton fans as it stands are ones of: hate, sadness, fear, numbness and pain. It was only four years ago, tomorrow (21/04/2016), that Charlton were crowned champions of the Football League One, finishing the 2011-2012 season at an impressive 101 points.

Confirmed relegation and descent back into Football League One along with Katrien Meire’s (CEO of Charlton Athletic) statement, led to CARD releasing a statement, biting back at the statement from the club, which was nothing short of empty in terms of integrity, especially after recent events and statements by management at the London side.

Part of Meire’s statement, which was released a few minutes after confirmed relegation stated:

“This is not the time for excuses, we apologise for our mistakes and now need to learn from them so that we can put firm foundations in place for the future that ensure the long-term stability of the club.”

CARD hit back, and hard with their statement, which included rallying the fans for Saturday’s game against Brighton:

“She and the owner Roland Duchatelet have made mistake after mistake since they came to the club in January 2014, and despite numerous promises to the contrary, they have never learned from them.

“There will be no collaboration with them, now or in the future. They are the enemy of everything that Charlton has been and will be again. We must remove them, chairman Richard Murray and their other apologists before they destroy the club completely.

“We call on all Charlton supporters to come to SE7 on Saturday to unite behind these protests and help us drive these people out of The Valley now.

Recent rumours and speculation include that Roland Duchatelet is willing to sell the South East London side for £38 million, £20 million more than his buying price of £18 million, despite confirming a relegation since then, and when he purchased the club back in January 2014, the club being in a much more healthier state.

Charlton fans must now make the decision, whether or not they are going to break their boycott on Saturday 23/04/2016 to help drive out the second most hated owner in English football.

About Author

Charlton Athletic fan who is still proud and loves the achievements under Jimmy Seed, Alan Curbishley and Chris Powell. I am still waiting for the day when we return to the top flight of English Football! I am staunchly against the Roland Duchatelet ownership and support CARD in his removal. I am also a qualified referee with the London FA. Twitter: @ValleyFloydFred


  1. Ere are you mean the coalition of exenophobes, we don’t want them spoliers dahn our gaff, the sooner there kicked ahrt n givin bannin orders the better.

  2. Simon Bellord on

    It sounds like you want to drive out the sizeable numbers of long time loyal Charlton fans (me 48 years since Aug 68 against Millwall) who don’t agree with you. Just who do you think is really ruining the club like the protest and distraction from the covered end and diving by Tomlin that seemed to give a weak Bristol City a gift win at the Valley etc. Just remember you speak for yourselves.

    You are merely part of a new and dangerous precedent in Britain where militancy replaces any kind of real purpose and dialog. Your time like everyones would be better off finding out why the club was left so defensively exposed this season after a promising start. Who recruited some of the clearly not up to it players and why they were played.

    However we never ever did learn why we went from a healthy financial position to near receivership after leaving the premiership. This all well before Rolands time.

    We will never know, now that you lot have soured the clubs image, what chance anyone coming in to sort it.. What do you exactly want of Charlton? Surely not one of those community club ides. Do you remember fans on the board, what good did that do, who did they speak for? If you ask fans who they want to run the club, people like Roland or people like you it might be a sobering thought.

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