Arsenal Scotland VIP – Arsenal v Man United

Arsenal have advised that as we are on the Supporters Club Plus list for this Season we have been allocated a VIP day.

This will be for the Arsenal v Man United fixture scheduled for 6th May 2017.
(It could be an early kickoff 6th May or be moved to Sunday 7th May 2017 although there is also a possibility of postponement if United are in the Europa Cup Final).

The SC Plus VIP package is

A Matchday VIP experience for a maximum of 30 people on Arsenal v Manchester United home match 6th May (subject to rearrangement), which will include:

o Watching the teams arrive off the coach at Emirates Stadium.

o A post-match photo pitchside with a player(s)* – (*subject to player availability on the day). Not sure if the pitchside photo is for each of the 30 or a 30 person group photo, probably the latter I imagine.

o 15% off Armoury Store purchases on that matchday.

It will be strictly for Members only.

Members can add their names to a list as is normal for Home games by text request to the Chairman Mike Buchanan 07801 448662 giving your name and ASSC membership number. The deadline for ticket requests will be 6pm on Friday 24th February 2017.

A witnessed draw will take place shortly afterwards and the 30 names drawn will be asked to pay for the tickets by Friday 24th March. Anyone of the 30 not paid by 24th March will be dropped off the list and the next drawn name takes their place.

Being a Category A game the estimated cost of tickets will be around £85 to £91 depending on where Arsenal seat us. Tickets will be handed out on the day when the group all gather for the Players Coach arriving.

Please note this is not a trip including travel or accommodation. Members arrange that themselves. Due to the possible changes to the date and ko times it would be recommended that members book to stay in London from early Saturday to late Sunday 6th/7th May. But members should not book anything unless they are allocated match tickets.

It is possible that we may source a very small number of additional tickets but those would NOT be part of the VIP 30 package but would be drawn in the same manner.


Following Dave Harrold announcing last month that he was stepping down as Club Secretary after six fine years, the management committee have voted on the three excellent candidates who were Caz Moir (Grampian), Charles Brooker (Borders) and David Gow (Fife).

As Coordinator for the voting procedure for the Executive post of Arsenal Scotland Club Secretary I can advise you that there were 11 votes received…

One abstained
The Chairman did not vote
and as Coordinator I also did not vote.

Totals based on first choices.
Charles Brooker – 7 votes
Caz Moir – 4 votes
David Gow – 0 votes (its fair to point out that David did get 8 second place votes)

I therefore submit to you that Charles Brooker has been duly elected as Acting Club Secretary and will be proposed as Permanent Club Secretary to the members, at the next AGM next Autumn 2017.

The changeover and contact details are now being amended on the website and Arsenal will be advised as soon as formal references are submitted.

I would like to thank all three candidates for stepping up and also offer my congratulations to Charles on becoming our third ever Club Secretary in 13 seasons.

The next matter will be to find a new membership officer as we want that role to be separate from the Club Secretary role.

Martin O’Donnell
Ticket Manager

Preston North End FC v Arsenal FC – FA Cup 3rd Round tie – Saturday 7th January 2017

Final pickups as follows:
1030hrs – Edinburgh Hermiston Park & Ride at A71/A720 junction.
1045hrs – Livingston Premier Inn bus stop Deer Park Drive M8 Junction 3
1130hrs – Glasgow Buchanan Street station
1200hrs – The Toby Carvery bus stop at Strathclyde Park at M74 Junction 5
1315hrs to 1400hrs – STOP at Gretna Services M74
eta – 1600 to 1630 – Preston FC, Sir Tom Finney Way, Preston.
Kickoff – 5.30pm
Only stops for 45 minutes at M74 Gretna Services on the way down and one stop on the return journey to be agreed with the coach Driver.
eta back in Glasgow for 11pm and Edinburgh midnight.


The Romford Pele at Grampian Gooners!

It’s only Ray Parlour… at Grampian Gooners HQ!
It was an honour to welcome a true Arsenal legend to Grampian Gooners HQ (McGinty’s pub in Aberdeen) for a sportsman’s lunch on the 25th November 2016.
Given that we have met up to watch games at McGinty’s pub on Union street Aberdeen for just over a year, it was great to have Ray Parlour in our so called home where he made time to speak to all of the Grampian Gooners personally. He was very down to earth and funny and I enjoyed a good chat with him over a pint. His after dinner speech was full of hilarious stories about his time at Arsenal which everyone enjoyed. 
He loved that he was visiting a pub where an Arsenal supporters’ group call home and we got a group photo of the Romford Pelé with some of Grampian Gooners present, holding up the Grampian Gooners banner. 
Danny Coyle
Grampian Gooners Rep
Arsenal Scotland SC 

Club Secretary Position – Open to All Members


As posted today Dave Harrold is stepping down after six years as Club Secretary.

We need a new Club Secretary which is open to all Members interested.


Any member wishing to be considered for the position of Club Secretary should formally contact ‘by email only’ either the Chairman Mike Buchanan or myself Martin O’Donnell and saying why you think you would be a good Club Secretary.


We may look to split the Secretary tasks from the Membership management tasks in order to spread the workload. The Management Committee need to look into that soon.


Dave has kindly outlined the key tasks of the position.


  • Liaising with Arsenal
  • Corresponding with Bob Wilson, our Honorary President
  • Corresponding with Management Committee and the Regional Representatives
  • Working with the Executive (Chairman and Treasurer)
  • Occasional newsletters – using Mailchimp
  • Setting up the Annual General Meeting in July/August each year.
  • Emergency General Meeting – not had one yet
  • Fielding enquiries by email and distributing them – e.g. ticketing
  • Setting up meetings
  • Managing complaints

.    Managing the membership list

.    Managing renewal fee’s each year

.    Managing the new memberships applications all through the year

Dave Harrold – Club Secretary

After six seasons Dave Harrold is stepping down as our Club Secretary.
In the time that Dave has been our Secretary he has revised our club constitution, club rules and has redeveloped our website, all to the extent that we now have a wider committee of experienced members who actively serve our club and Arsenal.
Dave always says that this was the boring bureaucratic stuff, but we all know that someone has to do these tasks and if you do them ‘damn well’ to the extent Dave has, we can all be proud of his efforts.
I am sure that you would join me in thanking Dave for his work, which as you are aware, has been challenging for our club.
Dave remains a member of Arsenal Scotland and will
continue to manage our membership (which has doubled during his tenure) until the end of this season.
In the meantime we will seek candidates for our new Club Secretary probably over the next couple of months after we put it out to our members.
I am purely standing in as acting Club Secretary, short term:
Martin O’Donnell

Manchester City Tickets

At very short notice (Friday 2nd Dec) Arsenal have confirmed how many tickets we have got and along with other tickets sourced the total is only 22 tickets for our members to this game. I was hoping for minimum 20 but as many as 25 or 27 depending on credit numbers but 22 it is.
The game is on Sunday 18th Dec (2 weeks from today). As Chris Alexander and Mike Buchanan are both heading out to Basel early tomorrow for four days and bearing in mind Christmas post, they drew out the full list of request names on Thursday and have already texted the first 15 who were successful. The rest will also be texted.
The unlucky ones will be texted during the course of today. The tickets come to me first and I will send them out or someone will hand them out at the Etihad.
As I say give the guys some time to get the texts out to you, I understand there were about 50 on the request list.

The Long Sleep

Our Chairman – Mike received this – looks a good read

Hi Mike

This is John Sowman, lifelong Arsenal fan and author of the recently published ARSENAL: The Long Sleep 1953-1970, at 384 pages, the biggest book ever written about Arsenal Football Club.
Bob Wilson, your Life President kindly agreed to write the foreword and we made a joint presentation/book signing at the AISA (Arsenal Independent Supporters Association) AGM in London on 6th September last. AISA,of which I am a member, also made a similar cheque donation to yours to the Willow Foundation on that night and I was able to make my own first donation to the same charity from royalties from the book and the Kindle version.
What I am asking is would it be possible for you to make all your members aware of this new publication through my new website  ? On it they would be able to see what the book is all about and read how Bob has really enthused about it. And hopefully, even make a purchase !
Many thanks in advance and hoping to hear from you soon.
Best wishes

Willow Foundation Donation

Bob Wilson (Ex Arsenal) with a cheque from Arsenal Scotland for the Willow Foundation. Arsenal 2:1 Southampton. Premier League. Emirates Stadium, 10/9/16. Credit : Arsenal Football Club / David Price.
Bob Wilson (Ex Arsenal) with a cheque from Arsenal Scotland for the Willow Foundation. Arsenal 2:1 Southampton. Premier League. Emirates Stadium, 10/9/16. Credit : Arsenal Football Club / David Price.

At The ASSC Annual General Meeting in August departing treasurer Chris Durling was delighted that his final action in the role was to be able to make a donation of £2,500 to the Willow Foundation – the charity set up by Arsenal legend and Arsenal Scotland honorary president Bob Wilson OBE.

The cheque was presented to Bob before the Southampton match at the Emirates by Chairman Mike Buchanan, his son Kyle and ticket officer Martin O’Donnell. Another legendary Bob (Robert Pires) also got in on the action.

If you would like to know more about the Willow Foundation please click this link.