Don’t believe complaining doesn’t get you anywhere, I got two free tickets to a football match when I complained. Get me!
So the Saturday just gone my boyfriend and I went to see the local team Charlton Athletic play Scunthorpe United at The Valley. We hopped on the 177 to the game in the pissing rain and had ourselves a lovely time courtesy of the club and Greenwich Council.
CAFC play in the third league, now known as League One aka the NPower Football League blah blah blah. Charlton are at the top of their league and were in the Premiership back in the 1990s, quite a big side as I understand.
The Valley in the constant pissing rain. England I love thee
Nice ground, very neat and tidy in the bar areas, friendly crowd – but we were in the West stand, mainly full of middle-aged men and the odd female. I think the more ‘boisterous’ fans were in the North stand.
This food stand was awesome. Best chips ever. Boyfriend was impressed by the sausage, I was satisfied with the fish
And we got to bring the food in! Ace. Well happy
And now to the football!
I was not impressed with the player that fell down (whatever!) after TEN seconds. Muppet. Footballers are right dodgy.
Score was 1-0 to Charlton after the first half…
Half time picture, I am so not cool
Sweet little boy watching the game on the television above
The rain stopped during the first half and we had beautiful weather for the rest of the day. Gorgeous. Made the ground look ace
Glad I didn’t have to climb those steps in the background to exit the ground…
Full-time score was 2-2 after Scunthorpe scored two goals in the later stages of the game. The West stand turned into a bunch of grumpy old men mumbling in a disatisfied manner. I just found it funny. Don’t think I will ever be a football fan, I can’t take it seriously. Did my best not to laugh when Scunthorpe scored though!
Too busy carrying my fish and chips to get a shot of the turnstiles when they were open. Oops
Fans exiting the ground under the railway arches
All in all a fun day, but I have to confess I got a bit bored around the 70th minute. However, it was lovely to go and see the local team and we both enjoyed the community aspect of the game, and most supporters seemed local and friendly.
Next up for Saturday was Metro Centre’s Drag Race through Greenwich! This was not a car race as many thought and instead was an LGBT fundraising event for the above Greenwich-based charity. The Metro Centre “provide[s] services to all people experiencing issues related to sexuality, identity, gender and diversity”. The Rose and Crown on Nevada Street host the Drag Race each year, and the strenuous race around the block starts and ends at the pub.
Approaching the crowd from Greenwich Park at 7pm, the race began at 8.30pm
One of the many gorgeous entrants
Sorry! Bad photographer, hideous sun flare, not so hideous ladies supporting the Metro Centre
Very nice tall man who told me he wasn’t allowed to wear heels as he was so tall already. ??? 😀
Metro Centre stall promoting safe sex, HIV AIDS and the centre’s support. Plus raffle tickets and stickers and fascinators
A barbeque was also in full swing
Anyone know who these guys were? There were a lot of photographers all the race too. If anyone has any links to photos or videos of the night please let me know. Also, amazing hair
This hair was even better though
Bit of karaoke too
These lovely gentlemen were selling cocktails from the pub. Sexy!
This lady has a ship on her head! Best costume I say. She also walked the course, finished last, and waltzed stylishly over the line
The police closed off the road for the race, nice
Two cool dudes
Metro Centre person with Janet and Jim Gillman (our mayor!) and Greenwich West councillor David Grant. Very impressed to see them here! Had a lovely chat with Jim too, he lived in the street next door to me for forty years!
Lining up for the race
Ruuuuuuun! (not very well in heels)
And here’s a video! :D.
The Drag Race was big fun and I enjoyed getting slightly pissed whilst raising some cash for a very popular local charity. So looking forward to the next one!
P.S. Thoroughly Good has a feature on the race on his site also.
P.P.S. The Metro Centre say thank you, no news on the total raised however. I asked at the Rose and Crown today and they hadn’t been told yet.