"The Rise and Rise of Charlton Athletic" tells the tale of a decade many believed Charlton weren't going to see. Having "nicked" a late equaliser and scraped a draw with the official receiver, the "Addicks" spent most of the late 1980's reeling from a string of financial body blows. The club clawed its way back from the edge of the precipice, to a position of safety and prosperity. As dozens of other clubs face the prospect of going out of business, in a small corner of South East London stands a club who act as a blueprint for how to bounce back from defeats off as well as on the pitch.
Mick Collins has supported Charlton Athletic for all of his 31 years, with the last ten coming as glorious compensation for most of the preceding 21. A freelance author and journalist, he lives a mile from TheValley with his wife, Cas, their two daughters Honor and Amy and a signed Clive Mendonca shirt.