New Banner at the Emirates – Final Call for Deseign Entries

Please submit your designs for a new Arsenal Scotland banner at the Emirates by 6pm on Friday 1st June 2018. Scroll down to the information posted on 20th Aprilif you need a reminder.

Entries should be submitted to clubsecretary@arsenalscotland.com.

Thanks and good luck to those who have already or intend to submit!

Caz, Club Secretary

 

 

  

A GOOD NIGHT OUT IN THE COMPANY OF A LEGEND

It was definitely a night out that a small contingency of ASSC members and some partners were looking forward to. I don’t think any of us realised just how incredible it would be.

Many thanks to Dundee Northend FC who organised a fantastic function which was made all the more appropriate as they celebrated winning their league cup – congratulations guys!

And what better place to celebrate than the Invercarse Hotel. With stunning views from the ballroom, excellent staff and service with wonderful food – highly recommend it!

With Tam Cowan as MC (and all round funny guy!) and some sporting humour from Paul Reid the night was a complete hit.

The icing on the cake for us however was the opportunity to meet this guy:

“Great speaker, very honest about his career and very humble – unlike the footballers of today”

“A great man”

“Funny, incredible football knowledge, time for all – a top bloke”

“An outstanding night, a very down to earth guy”

“An absolute gentleman. Made time for every photo and autograph. A pleasure to meet him and hear about his life and career”

Ladies and gentlemen, this was Mr Paul Merson!

As VIPs, the Arsenal contingency had the privilege of a more exclusive meeting with the Legend himself before our meal. Those quotes are real and were expressed with sincerity and came from meeting Paul and watch him greet everyone personally, giving them time to chat, get a signature on a shirt or a programme, have a laugh and just generally get to know the guy.

We hadn’t considered impinging on anyones time with Mr Merson – we were only a small group amongst 320 guests. But with some time to kill at the table we found ourselves another opportunity (well, if you don’t ask, you don’t get) and next thing we know, we are heading outside (his suggestion I believe) for the group photo! His courtesy and enthusiasm never swayed and although I’m sure he had no idea what some of us were saying, there was a few giggles and a lot of smiles from the cheeky No 9!

After a brilliant meal, it was time to hear from the man himself. This was where a lot of those earlier quotes came from. Honest, funny, humble, great, a pleasure to meet, a down to earth guy. I could have listened to his stories all evening.

So what can I say that hasn’t already been said?

Paul Merson is one of the nicest people I have ever met! Not only a legend, but a gentleman too!

Thanks Paul – it was an absolute pleasure!

     

Caz Moir, Club Secretary

 

EUROPA LEAGUE – MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE

POTENTIAL CUP FINAL

If we win the semi-final tie, there are just 13 days to the Final in Lyon on Wednesday 16th May. So we need to move very fast.

Please be aware, we have no idea if we will get ANY tickets.

But IF we do have any chance of any tickets we need to set the criteria NOW!

1. Ticket applications cannot be made until Friday 4th May and must be made to Mike Buchanan BY TEXT ONLY!
Mike is 07801448662.

2. Deadline date for applications will be Saturday 5th May 12.00 noon.

3. Ticket requests will be for individual Members only. You must confirm your membership number. Family or group applications will not be accepted.

4. Ticket applicants will be expected to have the time off work and prepared to travel to Lyon. You will be asked this when you apply and be expected to have arranged this with your employer on Friday 4th May. If you are successful in getting a ticket and then you say you cannot go, the ticket is wasted as we cannot resell it (see item 5).

5. Ticket applications must include your full name, date of birth and your passport number. This is because each ticket issued by Arsenal will have these details written onto them. They cannot be resold and security checks will be made at Lyon Stadium. Applications without these details will NOT be accepted.

6. All applicants names will be drawn out in first to last order on Saturday 5th May 6.00pm. Each applicant will then be advised and asked if they wish to remain on the drawn list or removed from it. This will give the final drawn list order which will be posted on the Arsenal Scotland website and our Facebook page on Sunday 6th May after 6.00pm.

7. We then wait to find out how many tickets we can apply for from Arsenal. Hopefully Arsenal will release information in this respect on Monday 7th May.

8. Then we apply to Arsenal for as many tickets as we can get to meet the drawn order.

Please bear in mind this is a preparatory notice to allow the Ticketing Team to make all the arrangements in a very short time scale and that tickets are not guaranteed.

Your co-operation with the criteria will be very much appreciated.

ARSENAL SCOTLAND SUPPORTERS CLUB

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time to update our ASSC Banner at the Emirate Stadium!

So we invite all members to come up with a design for the committee to vote on and we will get Arsenal to replace the old one for the start of next season, it needs to clearly have the words Arsenal and Scotland somewhere in bold letters. The banner can be 6m x 1m in size
All entries to the Club Secretary at clubsecretary@arsenalscotland.com

Deadline for entries – 1st June

If you plan to submit a design, please can you let me know by Wednesday 25th April (clubsecretary@arsenalscotland.com or reply to my recent post on Facebook). We don’t need the design by then, just an indication if anyone is interested and how many to expect.

Thanks Gooners!

Caz, Club Secretary

IMPORTANT NOTICE: AFC Supporters Club Membership

For those members who registered with Arsenal FC Supporters Club, I am happy to inform you that your Membership Cards have finally arrived with me.  These shall be posted out over the next few days to the addresses on our current membership database.

If this might not be your current address, please email clubsecretary@arsenalscotland.com with your up to date details.

Caz Moir
Club Secretary

 

 

 

 

Europa – Quarter Finals Ticket Info

Europa League quarter finals are going to hit us quick and hard, so if you want tickets for either Home or the Away leg you will have to get your requests into Mike and Chris by text pronto. The deadlines for both games will be Monday 19th March 9.00pm.
if you make a request then you MUST be fully commited , got your time off work sorted, got your flights booked etc.
If you are applying for the AWAY leg then you must submit your full name, date of birth and your passport number to Chris. No details no tickets!

Martin O’Donnell
Ticket Manager

 

Newcastle United v Arsenal – Sunday 15th April 2018

The deadline for ticket applications, by text to Chris Alexander is 6pm on Saturday 24th March.

Adult Member – £30     Adult Non-Member – £40

Junior (member & non-member) – £20

All Newcastle tickets will be handed out at St James Park at the Away Turnstiles on the match day. No tickets will be posted!

No coach is planned.

Martin O’Donnell, Ticket Manager

 

 

AC Milan v Arsenal – 8th March

Deadline for Milan Away requests is 5pm on Monday 26th February.
All requests must be made to Chris Alexander by text and you must supply full name as shown in passport , passport number and date of birth.

No exceptions.

Martin O’Donnell, Ticket Manager

REPORT FROM SWEDEN

Martin O’Donnell shares hisxexperience of Sweden!

 

How was Ostersund? Thats the question I’m often asked.

In a word Wonderful!

From the locals perspective it was by far the biggest football event for their wee local club, EVER and so the whole Town and local population were all in on this weeks visit of Arsenal. Everyone of all gender and ages were backing the game, of course the vast majority backing the local team but quite a few backing their favourite team Arsenal. Most of all I guessed that they didn’t want to be embarrassed by their football club and hoped for a tight scoreline. They are very proud of what OFK have done over the past seven or eight seasons and just 22 years since being founded!

From the Gooners perspective we were in a friendly comfortable Town about the same population as say Welwyn Garden City in England or say Livingston in Scotland with no trouble at all. Everything you wanted was well within 5 minutes walking, anywhere! All the fans mixed going to the game with the locals making sure that Gooners were shown where to go and how best to get there. I just went on the local bus, nobody walks to the stadium cos of the snow. Got there in ten minutes and twenty minutes coming back. Plenty time to get back to the pub.

Yes, beer and spirits are expensive, very expensive, £7 to £13 a pint for local pale ales to craft biers, but if you be sensible about it you can enjoy a few well chosen beers and engage in good conversation with the locals. If you are planning to get bladdered, either take out a banking loan or just forget it. I had enough beers and gin to make me warm and mellow two nights running. I still headed for home with spare cash.

Arsenal Sweden put on a big effort to gather as many Gooners as possible in the local bars and they produced an unofficial programme just for the Gooners. Anything you needed to know Arsenal Sweden had the answers. Well done Arsenal Sweden.

Us Gooners were greeted with sincere warm friendship and people wanted to speak to us everywhere we went, be it airport staff, bus drivers, taxi drivers, shopkeepers, receptionists, bar staff, waitresses, kebab shop staff ( well you just have to after a few lagers, don’t you?). The local folk went all out for this with flags and scarves or wee teddy bears wearing the game details in every shop, bar, cafe, etc. In fact every retail shop had some OFK or Arsenal colours on display somewhere. The Town Council must have played their part as every second lamppost in the Town Centre precinct had very official looking pennants hanging from then. It was like a mini Olympics had come to town.

What they all wanted to know is the same question above. How was Ostersund? Few outside Sweden know much about the Town unless you are into Winter Sports in which case its a top destination for tourist and professional skiing, snowboarding and stuff I just don’t know anything about. The locals were really proud of the Town and the football club. They were happy to be seen as friendly and welcoming and yes they do want us all to come back and enjoy their winter sports and their forests and lakes in the warm summer months. They want us to tell all our friends how nice a place Ostersund is. Well they have my support on that, without a doubt.

As my travels are focused on football or warm destinations I cannot honestly say I would travel back again, but if you like sliding down hills or enjoy the great outdoors then this is the place to come to for sure.

The Town is the Easter (oster) end of a strip of freshwater or Sound (Sund ) on the 5th largest lake in Sweden. I haven’t checked but I thinks its over 30 miles end to end which is at least a third longer than Loch Ness for example.

The architecture is pretty but not ancient as the Town was only founded in the late 1770’s. Its Viking country, so museums and heritage tend to cover that field of history.

But its the people that impressed me most. They all speak perfect English of course and some understood my ‘scots’ accent even more than english vowels.

Very nice people, a very clean and pretty Town in spite of the snow everywhere. Its dry snow , not like the wet slushy brown shitey stuff that we have back home. You are not wading through puddles of muddy water dragging it into every shop and bar you enter. In Ostersund it was clean dry white snow, except where passing dogs had stopped briefly! 😂 Yeeeeellloooooooowwwww!

Some Gooners were worried about getting to Ostersund or the game being called off due to the snow. Eh! No! This is Sweden! The Swedes don’t mess about when it comes to snow and ice. If its icey then they dump tons of rock salt and grit everywhere. If its snow, then the Swedes have convoys of snow moving vehicles that shift it completely. Airport runways, roads, side streets, pavements are all cleared and regularly. I even watched a mini dumper truck squeeze up and down a tiny alleyway at the back of a hotel so that service vehicles can get in . Would they do that in UK Blightly? Would they balls! Everyone has winter tyres on their cars and trucks. Not once did I see any vehicle get stuck or slide about. Not once. Also, even though we were basically walking about on a layer of ice with hard packed snow on it , I never once saw anyone slip, not even half pissed Gooners! No! Snow is not a problem in Sweden. They just deal with it.

The Jamtkraft Arena was ten minutes on the bus. A small but well equipped 8,000 seater although I gather that somehow there were 9,000 and something in last night which I think must be their attendance record.

There was snow on our stand behind the goals but it was such hard packed icey white snow it was like gravel ashfelt. The bits of snow on the seats were actual rock hard ice that you chipped off with a coin if you needed to. As usual on away games most of us stood anyway.

Hot drinks, burgers and hot dogs on the go.

Being just 1500 Gooners there was time to catch up with everyone and I even had a couple of long chats with our Liaison Officer at Arsenal – Mark Brindle, in the pub and again on match day at the stadium. Normally we never have time for a blether. Mark was sporting the official big Wenger zip up coat!

I went prepared with layers on and thermals ‘breeks’ which I have to say were ideal for the task. But the temperature during the game was about -4 so not as bad as it might have been had we played last week when it was -24.

As for the game, Ostersunds FK did not disgrace themselves at all. They played well but for a few referees decisions , an own goal and the penalty save they might have got a deserved and closer result to take to the second leg in London. Which for by the way, they have sold all 5000 tickets for that game, so they are having a party in London.

I imagine that the Gooners will give Ostersund folk a welcome to Islington next week.