Arsenal 3 - Bolton 0

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Graham and Carol's home
What I did
Went to the football

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Small confession, I have always wanted to see an English premier league football game, not because I am a big soccer fan but just to soak up the atmosphere and watch the fans . Well yesterday it all became a reality. Graham and Carol had arranged for us to be able to get the tickets for a game before we left. How special is that. Yesterday the big day arrived and the three of us took off, unfortunately Graham could not come. Another couple of their friends came along and the five of us were on our way. A short car journey,a train ride and we were in the right place. First things first, lunch. Stopped at a little place they call the greasy spoon where they serve the best egg, bacon and chips we have ever tasted. Not healthy stuff of course but good to eat before the game. Walked towards the Emirates Stadium diverting along the way to have a look at Arsenal's old ground " Highbury "  Highbury Stadium has now been converted to apartments but the facade is still the same and the pitch has been converted to a courtyard garden, just amazing and so very well done.
Next stop Emirates Stadium. The walk to the stadium itself is interesting, so many Arsenal supporters in their red and white shirts and scarfs, behaving very well by the way, all anticipating their team to win. Arsenal has not had a very good season so far and were 4th from the bottom so a win was an absolute must, must admit I felt the pressure a bit because not often does my team win when I attend or watch a game of any kind. The Emirates is a sight to behold, it's enormous, beautiful, exciting and everything else you can think off. The atmosphere is great, nearly 65,000 people attended the game, mostly Arsenal supporters, lots of singing and yelling. A bit hard to describe it but take it from me it is an experience on its own. From now on I will follow the game a lot more. Haven't got a clue what the rules are but found myself yelling and clapping just like the rest of them. You know what the best part is,  when the ball goes into the net, how exciting to see that and then nearly 65,000 people standing up and cheering. Found it very emotional and will admit a couple of drops of moisture trickled down my cheek. Good stuff.
Arsenal managed to find the back of the net 3 times, must have been Rick and I being there. We did yell out for them to do it right as we did not travel all the way from Oz to watch them lose. Bedlam on the way out of course, people everywhere . At the same time it is amazing how so many people can disperse in such a short time. Having said that it did take us 45minutes to get out of the carpark and that was after catching the underground first to get to the car park.
It was a fantastic day for both of us and one we will never forget, Thanks you Graham and Carol we did enjoy every bit of it.
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stu on

ahhh great stuff, QPR should be winning a game on that pitch later this year ;)

goonermarch on

The photos on this particular blog are as good as some of those taken by the official club photographer so very well done and take another 1000 points - no deduct those points for not having brought Stu up to support the gunners! We will see about QPR later on in the season!

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