Following a weekend in Dover for the Supporters Club annual Legends meal in the company of Pat Rice & Eddie Kelly, I made a mad dash to Waterloo to watch our Women play Chelsea at their Kingsmeadow ground, what a game it was, we beat them 5-0 which was an extraordinary result as Chelsea haven’t been beaten at home for nearly 2 years and are current Women’s Super League Champions!
Next up on the Arsenal tour was a drunken weekend in Offenbach for a German Gooners 50th Birthday which was only possible due to our Monday night fixture against Leicester City at the Emirates in which we won a hard fought match 3-1.
Next up was a 3 day trip to the beautiful City of Lisbon, it was meant to be low key as I took my other half and her sister – wrong!
Drinking with the usual crowd ensured that a 5am finish on the first night in a number of bars up in the hills and there was no hold up on the match day. I won’t go over the match as we all know we won 1-0 in an uninspiring game against a well drilled Sporting side.
Another climb up the hills and a not so late 3am finished ensued our last day was spent on flat land sightseeing and having a lovely meal with a couple of glasses of excellent Port.
Having got home at 2am on the Saturday due to a late flight and an M25 closure, I managed to get up at 9am to watch our U16s beat Lincoln City 2-1 in a close match at Hale End.
Sunday I was out by 9am for our trip to Selhurst Park where I had the full prawn sandwich experience with seats in the Directors Box. From what I can remember and watching the highlights the following day, I thought a combination of some poor performances, blatant cheating and crazy refereeing saw us draw 1-1. A diplomatic result from my point of view as my host was a Palace fan.
After being the last out about 5pm, a cab journey to meet up with the usual suspects at London Bridge ensured that another journey home with no recollection of how I got there!