Ok Barry, Toure, and Cana are all cup tied, so that’s them out, that leaves Inler, Veloso and late to the game Toulalan, we’ll find out next week, nothing we can do so I thought we’d all take a trip down memory lane instead.
Do you remember the first time you saw your beloved Arsenal live?
I was born in Bethnal Green, around the time I was 4 the Krays has started to build their empire and my mum decided a kid with my personality should not be brought up in such an environment, so in her wisdom we all moved to the suburb of East Ham. Which incidentally was 10 times as bad and where the Krays ended up anyway!
The point of this story is Bethnal Green is 2.5 miles from Arsenal and West Ham is about 8, so my local team was the Arsenal, so I was always an Arsenal man.
I lived in the shadow of Upton Park though, so used to go to many of their games and saw the likes of Moore, Peters, Hurst and Clyde Best at their peaks, so it wasn’t all bad, but Arsenal were my true love.
Highbury was a long way to go in those days at my age, it was like going to Cornwall now.
Then one day the double winning side arrived in their yellow shirts and I was off. South bank here I come, in those days you arrived on the day and got your ticket, mine was in the home supporters end, it was poised at 1-1 when up pops Charlie George and hammers in the winner, I couldn’t contain myself and screamed ‘well done Charlie’ or something, I was at the back and got kicked all the way down by the grateful hammers fans wanting me to get a view from the pitch.
There that was my first time, can you remember yours?
Have a great day today Grovers, tomorrow it begins and today I go on a speed awareness course so I’ll be away for a few hours understanding why speeding is not cool.
Sure I will!
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