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Why are people sullying the good name of Arsenal fans in the name of fame?

In 2018, a journalist for the Sunday Times wrote a piece about how Arsenal was a “no-go zone for black lads” and that he was scared to go football as youth.

The journalist in question was Shingi Mararike, writing in the Sunday Times. He was talking about Arsenal being a no-go zone due to racism in the early 2000s. It was absolute rubbish and led me to write an article highlighting that it was an uninformed article, an attempt to damage the reputation of Arsenal fans for hits, clicks and advertising revenue.

Last night a documentary aired at 10:45pm on ITV about racism in football. In it one Arsenal fan said his father would not go to football games as he felt he would be taking his life into his own hands as a black fan.

The Arsenal fan in question did not start going football until the 1990s (his first game was in the very late 80s). Arsenal has never been a cauldron of racism, and in the 1990s most aspects of football violence were rapidly decreasing.

It is baffling that his father ever said that. The truth is it was probably made up and create a good headline.

The irony is a fan was murdered at Arsenal, It was an Arsenal fan and he was murdered by West Ham fans. The documentary interviewed Cass Pennant, who was one of the leaders of the ICF at the time they murdered John Dickinson.

Anyway, below is the blog I wrote back in 2018 addressing racism at Arsenal.


I try to stay away from politics and religion in my blogs and on my Twitter. It opens too much of a can of worms that you can not close. It is not worth the time.

However, I am lifting my self imposed ban to discuss an article I read yesterday on the Sunday Times website.

The article is supposed to be aimed at Russia. Questioning whether “England’s ethnically diverse squad and fans be safe from violence and racism”. It would probably be a valid article – although possibly unneeded because we all already l is Russia is a hotbed of racism and shouldn’t be hosting the World Cup.

But an sort of validity is destroyed by “The first ever Sunday Times Apprentice” Shingi Mararike’s first paragraph.

So the self-proclaimed “Arsenal fan” claims that whilst he grew up idolising Thierry Henry, he never once asked to visit Highbury due to it feeling like a “no-go zone.”

Basically he is saying that he never went to Highbury because it was not a place for black fans. And I imagine he would include other ethnic minorities in that as well.

Now before you spit your tea out, let’s paint the picture.

Shingi Mararike, according to his LinkedIn, started college in 2012.

He would have been around 16 when London were hosting the Olympics.

Arsenal were at their swashbuckling best in 2004, the team went unbeaten. A team whose strongest XI contained 7 non-white players and not a single white Englishman:

Lehmann

Lauren Toure Campbell Cole

Ljungberg Vieira Gilberto Pires

Bergkamp Henry

But we are not talking about the players, we are talking about the fans.

In 2004, Shingi, the apprentice journalist, would have been 7 or 8.

So before he had even hit 10 years old, he had made the decision not to go to Highbury due to it being a “no-go zone” for ethnic minorities. And then he uses that experience 14 years later in an attempt to add weight to his article.

This would be a contender for the Didn’t Happen of the Year Awards.

On his online bio, Shingi does not mention football, or any sport, as one of his interested. Instead he mentions “politics and current affairs”.

I imagine at 7 years old, Shingi was not even a Junior Gunner, and had little, if any, interest in going to Highbury to watch The Arsenal.

Had he done so, his “personal experience” of what Highbury was like would be very different:

https://twitter.com/michael56235807/status/1005873259362095106?s=21

Plenty of Arsenal fans have very different personal experiences of going down Highbury than the journalist in question, who remember, admits he never went to Highbury – yet still attempts to make it appear like it is a racist hell hole.

Now I am not naive enough to believe that racism has never existed over the Arsenal. There will always be idiots. But Arsenal was certainly not a “no-go zone”. And especially not in 2004.

Even going back to the 70s & 80s, when the National Front were using football grounds to recruit new members, Arsenal were one of the few clubs that the racist group failed to break into. Due to actions of the fans.

If you want to get a true view about what it was like around Highbury in the 70s and 80s, and how fans halted the rise of the NF, have a read of the brilliant article on 8by8 Mag about how the NF attempted to make its “presence felt around Highbury” and how Arsenal fans “helped keep the NF off the terraces.”

Normally this sort of thing I would ignore. But here is a journalist attempting to claim in a national newspaper that Highbury was a “no-go zone” if you were not white.

It is rubbish. It is dangerous. It is poor journalism.

Keenos

The Big Arsenal Quiz for the NHS

Morning all.

So some news for all of you.

Last week some good people created a Facebook Live quiz with questions based on the TV show FRIENDS. It has raised nearly £100,000 for NHS Charities. We have decided to replicate this and host The Big Arsenal Quiz.

We kick off on Friday 3rd April at 8pm

All we ask is that you donate £2 (£2 is the minimum donation amount on JustGiving) and all proceeds will be donated to the NHS to help in this difficult time.

So, here are the steps to take to enter the quiz…

1. ‘Like’ our page on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/shewore
2. Donate £2 via JustGiving – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/she-wore

Get your pen & paper ready, and at 8pm on Friday as we will go live on Facebook. It will be 45 minutes a half with a 15 minute break for half time.

Facebook Live – www.facebook.com/shewore
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2987009731345862/

A lot of us spend Friday and Saturday’s in the boozers with our mates. so get those who you go football with together and compete amongst each other

I thank you all for showing interest in this quiz, and hope that as many of you as possible can take part so that we can raise lots of money for our NHS.

We look forward to entertaining you all on Friday!

Up The NHS

SheWore

Keeping the mind active with a pointless blog

This is my first blog in 10 days.

I have not been in self isolation, I have just found myself with very little to write about – and there is no point creating contact for the sake of it.

In the last week I have “come off” football like a crack addict. Taking it slowly, reducing time spent discussing it day by day, spending less and less time on social media.

With the state of the world at the moment, I would advise everyone to do the same.

Live in the real world. Go for a walk. Call your friends and family. Sitting on social media all day, arguing with others, will only be detrimental to your own mental health.

Despite there having been literally nothing to talk about in 10 days, I see some outlets are still pumping out content.

Transfer speculation has gone into full swing, and people are doing their all time best, all time worst, Arsenal XI’s.

Those spreading transfer speculation (when the club and world is verging on shut down) merely highlight what we all know. That they make it up. We could be in full lockdown and have no football on and they would claim we are scouting a player, or in talks to sign someone.

Likewise those creating content for content sake are struggling.

Some people rely on the money that comes in from blog adverts or YouTube adverts. With no football they have found their hits dwindling, and are now pumping out any old content to try and earn their $30 a day.

Tesco are hiring lads. Go get a job.

I write today more for myself than anyone else.

It is important in these times that we all do things to keep our mind and body occupied.

I am still working, albeit from home for the last week, but it is so important to keep the mind moving. I have already been out for a 5km walk this morning (having got up at 6am). I thought it would be useful to put a few words down on paper – just as an outlet.

Please follow the governments advice. We do not want a full lockdown. We need the streets are parks open so that people can go for walks, get some fresh air.

Luckily I moved into a house with a garden a couple of years ago, but before that I spent 8 years living in a flat with no balcony. Think of those people when demanding a full lockdown.

There is plenty of space on our pavements and in our parks and forests for everyone to go for a walk, a run or a bike ride without getting too close to each other that Coronavirus could spread.

We need to take responsibility for our actions in these strange times. By going into parks, or holding social gatherings, you will only force the government to implement a full lockdown. And that could damage more people’s health (both mental and physical) than the virus.

I do not know when I will write again. Probably when I just need to get some things off my chest.

Stay good people.

Keenos