It’s Charlton’s biggest FA Cup game in years tonight – the chance to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 1947 when, of course, we won the thing. Now, Charlton-Middesbrough matches are never, ever any good. Not ever. The worrying thing is that the game’s being broadcast live on BBC1 for the entire nation to see how bad Charlton-Middlesbrough games are.
Having said that, this one will turn out to be a cracker. After all, I am the person who, in the run-up to our 1998 Play-Off Final with Sunderland told anyone who’d listen that one goal would decide it. The game of course finished 7-6 on penalties after a 4-4 draw. You wouldn’t think I used to write about football for a living, would you?
I’m still struggling with the writing of this Elvis book. Every sentence seems to be a real slog at the moment – I’ve not really known anything like this before. In times past I’ve been able to dash off up to 10,000 words a day, but not this time. Mind you, my lovely new guitar has cheered me up a little.
Had a very productive meeting yesterday about a new series for Radio 4 incidentally. All a bit hush hush at the moment, but we’re recording a pilot in a couple of weeks, and if all goes well the series should start in September.
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