The Arsenal and Me – Connor’s Story

Hi my name is Connor & I am an addict

This is one addiction I dont want to kick, I will have this addiction for life, sure it causes me a lot of stress, sleepless nights & at times leaves me like a nervous wreck but its all worth it ….Yes I am proud to say im an Arsenal Addict & will be til the day I die.

Strangely my 1st taste of The Arsenal didnt come until I was around 11 when my dad (a life long gooner) took me & my brother to our 1st ever football match…. oddly at the time I had no interest in football at all, little did I know how my life would change so much from that very night, March 15th 1994. It was a cold windy night at Highbury & as I looked around I was surrounded by Gooners chanting “We love you Arsenal we do” “Ian Wright Wright Wright” “Stand up if you hate Tottenham” etc …..as well of course “1-0 to the Arsenal” which indecently was how the game finished thanks to Mr.Arsenal himself, Captain Fantastic Tony Adams!

we went on to win the Cup winners cup that year by beating Parma 1-0 thanks to Alan Smith (aka smudger).

So that was the very beginning, I now knew why my dad would be either ecstatically happy or a miserable git every saturday- welcome to the world of football & more importantly the world of being a Gooner!

It started with the good old fashioned classic Arsenal under George Graham, back then we didnt exactly play “attractively” but it was effective (Boring boring Arsenal lol).

These days I feel spoiled as we get to see free flowing breathtaking football that leaves us speechless at times, ok we haven’t won anything for a bit but to me being a Gooner is a lot more than just winning its about feeling part of one Big Family- The Arsenal!

Anyway I will try not to go on & on here as I still need to remember its a blog not a book im writing so I will try to keep it to the point (hurry up already)

Me: An Irish Gooner Born in Newry Co.Down, I am lucky enough to come from a fantastic Family of gooners, have been very lucky to have played at Highbury once & have graced the emirates pitch twice, have met a few players (Wrighty, Bergkamp, Overmars, Winterburn, Kenny Sampson, Perry Groves, charlie george & a few others) I have a stone engraved at the Emirates that reads “Kieltys born to be Gooners” which sums up my family nicely & Yes that includes my Gooneret Fiancee (Id be killed if she didn’t get a mention). I am also very honored & privileged to be The Red member Representative for The Arsenal & get to meet the likes of Ivan Gazidis & fellow Arsenal reps to discuss all things Arsenal.

Favourite Game: Arsenal 3 Man Utd 2 (97/98) for a number of reasons 1st because I almost didn’t go for fear of seeing Arsenal getting beat by United who I despise & 2nd because of the Euphoria of Platt scoring the winner after ex-Spud Sheringham had scored twice to equalize & then taunted us by rubbing it in- Proper Pantomime stuff!
Favourite All Time Player: Bergkamp- Simply oozed class, was extremely loyal & quite simply a genius!

Loves: (in no paticular order) Wenger, Bergy, Henry, Highbury The Emirates, The Invincibles (bar Cole as he is a twat) & all things Arsenal

Hates: (in order!) RVP (Yes even more than Spuds!) Utd, Tottensh*t, Adebeyor, Na$ri & Trashley Cole

So that’s my story as briefly as I could make it. COME ON YOU GOONERS!!!!!

Connor

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