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Archive for May, 2013

Huge thanks are due to the inimitable zicoinexile, one of the many house doctors, for sharing a wonderful tale of his introduction to North London life. I’m hoping the string of full-stops he closes with are an indication of a second part to follow. While I am here can I just thank everybody for the […]

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Well that was a strange evening. I have spoken before of my growing disenchantment with international football, to the extent that rarely do I bother to watch England games any more. I am guessing tonight would be the third or fourth time I have watched them in the last year. This was a little different […]

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On the anniversary of one the great nights in Arsenal history I am indebted to Take A Bow Son for this evocative piece. What were you doing the night St Michael etched his name in Gooner history? Thanks TaBS, it is a fabulous piece. It was a question designed to engender panic. It worked. The […]

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It is another of my old Arsenal-Land pieces that kicks off the close season, with thanks to Darren as usual. This appreciation of Highbury was originally penned in the week leading up to the Farewell to Highbury fixture against Wigan Athletic, relived by so many in the weekend just gone. It is my intention to […]

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Getting the tone of the piece is extremely difficult when results go against us. I am only just realising it is just as hard when things have gone gloriously, deliciously right. An hour of juvenile baiting of the neighbours on Twitter is all well and good (and huge fun too), but then that nervous energy […]

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Spending Friday on the golf course took my mind off things. Spending a big chunk of Saturday watching cricket provided a distraction. Most of all though I am sitting here trying to put the final day of the league season into perspective just a few hundred yards from where two young girls lost their lives […]

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It’s half past ten on a school night. With a tumbler of Scotland’s finest I am chilling, the blood pressure is returning to what passes for normal in this ever more frail frame. I have been witnessing end of season games with some meaning for more years than I would care to admit. Most of […]

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“There is no room for shrinking violets, handbrakes, defensive brain-farts, tippy-tappy-afraid-to-shoot-sideways-surfing. Get the ball into their last third, quickly, directly and often.” zicoinexile¬† 5.31pm That, I would imagine, pretty much sums up the approach we as supporters would like to see the team adopt as Wigan return to London for a fixture arguably more important […]

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And so Cup Final morning came and the horror of the place it has taken on the calendar became all too real. Nobody captured the whole shambles better than Yogi’s Warrior on ACLF. Distraction was provided by Chelsea’s visit to Villa Park at lunchtime, so much more important to supporters of three London clubs. What […]

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A strange evening that one. There aren’t many occasions I will watch Chelsea play the little club up the road, but so critical was the result to us I would only have worried about what was happening if I blanked it as usual. Of the three possible results only an away win would have taken […]

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