Arsenal 1 - Wigan 2

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Football day today. Arsenal, third on the league ladder against Wigan, 4th last on the league ladder. A very important game for Arsenal to win in order to stay a comfortable 3rd and give themselves some breathing space in that position. I can hear you all say, " no worries , piece of cake ". It was an 8pm kick off so no need to rush. Rick was not feeling very well ( flu )  so decided to forfeit his ticket and stay home.
The day started with a lovely sunny morning. We did various jobs we had to do and prepared ourselves for the game. We managed to fill Rick's spot  and give the ticket to Rosie ( friend ) At 4.30pm the seven of us hopped in Graham's car and we were on our way. The usual trip into London, travel by car to a tube station,catch the tube to where we needed to go. A definite must is to have a meal at a little cafe they have named the greasy spoon ( this is part of a ritual that must happen in order for Arsenal to win) They serve the best greasy food in London, all very bad health wise but real feel good food to have prior to the game. After our grease fix we walked to the stadium, about an 15 minute walk. This is an experience on its own. A surge of Arsenal supporters heading towards the stadium, most wearing Arsenal shirts, jumpers or scarves, all full of optimism for the game. The stadium itself is an absolute marvel and needs to be seen to be described. So there we were in our seats waiting for the game to begin. Bring it on.
The referee blew his whistle for the game to begin, a few minutes later Wigan surged forward with the greatest of easy and bingo, kicked the easiest of goals. Not a good start and the Arsenal fans were stunned. The same thing happened about a minute later, there you go Arsenal 0 - Wigan 2. By now the stadium was deadly quiet, it was as though someone turned the sound down. 60,000 Arsenal supporters deadly silent and 200 Wigan supporters cheering. At that point I had a good look around me and found  that I was looking at hundreds of faces in absolute shock. It took 10 minutes for everyone to recover and although Arsenal did not play as well as they should have I thouroughly enjoyed the whole thing. Lots of cheering and shouting, such a great atmosphere. Arsenal never recovered and lost  1 - 2 . Thousands of people walked out of the stadium in silence, as was the walk back to the tube station.
Lots of post mortems on the way home of course, everyone could have played the game better but it was another great experience for me and always will be. Sad that Arsenal lost but it will always be a very special thing to see for me. Also sad that Rick could not be there, he saw the game on TV so at least he knew how the game went. He has started to feel better, which is good. My dress code for the night-- thermol underwear, singlet top, long sleeve light jumper, knitted jumper and thick coat ( thanks Ingrid)
A lovely day, thanks so much Graham and Carol for taking us.

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