The Charlton fans are revolting. And, if the club’s ownership was continuing in the belief that this would go away quietly, on Saturday that regime received a major dose of reality.

The farce continues. It’s a farce which has seen the club have three managers this season including one snatched from an underachieving side in the Belgian third division and another who they had dumped two years earlier.

It’s a farce which has seen a number of much-loved and top Championship players swapped with often poor and usually unfit replacements.

It’s a farce where the decisions are based on a strategy developed by owner who has not attended a Charlton game all season.

Such a rich supply of new and quirky stories are emanating from SE7 that the media circus has pitched its tent at The Valley.

You wonder if Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner says a silent prayer each night for the fabulous distraction down the M40.

And on Saturday, while Charlton fans yet again littered the pitch with beach balls, causing the game to be stopped three times, there was an extra twist in the tail.

Brighton fans, who have also gone through the mill over the years, repaid their opposite numbers who were among those who stepped to their aid when they faced the abyss almost 20 years ago.

As all 3,000 blue and whites rose to their feet to demand the Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet’s exit, chief executive Katrien Meire must have felt under more pressure than ever.

But if she thought it couldn’t have got any worse, she was wrong. A vocal group then gathered in front of the directors’ box to hold a boisterous yet non-violent demonstration just 10m from the Belgian.

This match was billed by protest leadership as throwing the kitchen sink at the campaign and the pre-game march – plus further chants before and after the pitch action – was certainly that.

What was equally bad news for the ownership was that the fans really seem to be enjoying it.

The determination of this group who once launched a political party in a bid to return home – and was successful – cannot be underestimated.

Now the Battle For The Valley has turned into the battle for the club. And Charlton’s fans’ struggle is starting to become a byword for the disaffected supporter.

Meire once said she didn’t care about the club’s history. Perhaps she should start caring, because with this level of support you get the feeling the protests are here to stay.

As for the football on Saturday, Brighton won 3-1 but Charlton fans are long past caring what happens on the pitch. Although they will hope to do their south coast friend’s a favour to help them in their promotion push.