Johnnie Jackson addressed the fans after his final regular season game at the club as a player.
The skipper received a rousing applause from his teammates and the Charlton faithful as he came onto the pitch after today’s victory over Blackburn Rovers to lead the players on a lap of appreciation at the last home league game of the season.
“Oh Jonnie Jackson runs down the wing for me” rang out around The Valley after the game and speaking to the fans Jacko thanked them for their support during his eight years at the club as a player.
He said: “I’ve always loved that song even though I don’t do much running down the wing anymore. I want to say a few thank yous, first of all to my teammates, past and present. It’s been a privilege to play with them all. I want to thank the staff, all of the managers I’ve played under. You learn a little bit off of everyone you play under.
“I want to say a special thank you to Phil Parkinson for bringing me to this club and to Sir Chris Powell for showing faith in me and giving the captain’s armband which has always meant a hell of a lot to me. I’ll always be grateful for him for that. Lastly I want to say a big thank you to you guys. You took to me from the moment I came here, you made me one of your own and you made me feel so welcome. For that, I can’t thank you enough.
“We’ve had our ups and downs in the eight years but I’ve got nothing but brilliant, fond memories and let’s hope there is a little bit more to come. We have got, hopefully, four more games and with your support and these guys, we stick together and we can get the club back to where it belongs in the Championship.”