13.55: The Addickted empty from thier cars on Anchor & Hope Lane, SE7. Grinning faces aplenty. Laughter.
Hopeful anticipation fills the air...
14.07: Less than hour before a new era kicks off. Once again, I prepare to throw myself heart-first onto the Charlton roller-coaster. I wrap my trusty red & white scarf around my neck and join the growing masses heading for the Valley.
14.34: The Valley slowly filling. Looks like it's going to be a big crowd. No Mark Kinsella on the pitch. The capable figure of Damian Matthews warms up our heroes.
Somewhere in the West Stand Chris Powell puts the finishing touches to his gameplan.