Every fan thinks their team is different. Everyone who goes to watch football, knows deep down in their soul that there's something about their side which sets them apart from everyone else, something that makes them special. Some have better claims to this than others. Charlton Athletic fans might just have a better claim than anyone else. Their recovery provides an almost unique story in modern football, as 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. While writing The Rise and Rise of Charlton Athletic, Mick Collins was given unprecedented access to the club. The book tells an extraordinary story, in equal parts funny, moving and inspirational. From the boot room to the boardroom, he looks back on the last ten years, and examines just what it is about this unprepossessing club, that allowed them to go where so many others have failed.
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.