If I was to bother my arse to list the top 5 football teams I like the least, Millwall would not even get close. History would dictate plenty of other teams or fans that have got under my skin over the years for a myriad of many different reasons. Some irritations pass and some still remain. The fact is, I don't come from Charlton or even South London, and so recognising Millwall as my bitter neighbour is something that doesn't come naturally to me. Because I'm not a lost sheep and I have my own mind, I don't have it in me to hate something or someone just because I'm supposed to.
So in advance of the fierce local derby this Saturday, I can say without any doubts, bravado, bullshit or otherwise that I genuinely couldn't give a flying toss about Millwall, no more than I do about any other team that comes to the the Valley. Anything less than a victory and I won't feel anymore disappointed just because it's them.
Of course, I'm well aware of what it might mean to the fans of both sides linked geographically who cling to hopes of winning bragging rights with friends, work colleagues or perhaps even family. Last time we met back in early December Charlton fans seemed to enjoy 'lording it' on their manor. Social media sites were full of mocking Addicks and I trust those individuals will stand equally as tall this Saturday afternoon as we can expect a full blown reaction from 3,000 Millwall fans heading out of London Bridge to the Valley, bringing their usual boring intimidating tactics and Burberry hats with them.
I'll just be hoping for a long overdue home victory and 3 points for Charlton. Simple as that.
'No one likes us, we don't care...'. No, neither do I.