Talking Charlton Athletic with… Glenn Tilbrook

We collar Squeeze hero Glenn Tilbrook for a natter about his beloved Addicks.


Glenn Tilbrook

Squeeze hero Glenn Tilbrook releases brand new solo album Happy Ending in February, so we thought it an opportune moment to collar him for a quick natter about his beloved Charlton Athletic, just one point off the Championship relegation zone after four games without a win…

In the song “Bongo Bill” from your new album, the lyrics mention going to watch a team lose 5-0, playing with no passion or skill. Was this based on a real match?

(Laughs) The opening game of I think the 1998-99 season, when Charlton played at home and whooped Southampton 5-0. We played with a lot of passion and a lot of skill in those days, so I can’t say it’s about Charlton!

What are your thoughts on what’s going on at the moment? Do you blame the manager?

No, not at all. I think Chris Powell’s the right man for the job, but they don’t want to spend any money. You can only get so far with what you’ve got, and no further – that’s just the reality of where we’re at.

Just how big a victory was it to get the Valley protected?

Absolutely massive, it means so much. I guess everyone can move somewhere, but the Valley feels special because we’ve been there for so long. One of the attractions of the house I live in now is that it overlooks the Valley (laughs).

Do you go regularly?

I’m a season ticket holder but I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to go this entire season. Once this year’s out the way I can start going again.

Do you remember the first match you ever went to?

Yeah, it was Charlton v Stoke in 1996. Honestly I had no interest in football as a kid or as an adult but I took my sons to see the local team, so in many ways I’m a Johnny-come-lately.

By about the third game I went to, I totally got it and fell in love with football. It’s been a real passion of mine ever since.

How about the best and worst games you’ve ever been to?

I think we beat Arsenal 4-2 at Highbury to go top of the league – that was a pretty special game.

As for worst game, when we were in free fall after Curbishley left and Dowie came in – he really messed the team up, bought some absolute mingers and then couldn’t motivate them – that was a really dispiriting game.

Glenn Tilbrook, thank you.

Happy Ending will be released February 10th on Quixotic Records. For more information, please visit the official Glenn Tilbrook website.