Aaaaaaaargh! It's all over. Season 2008-09 will be remembered by Arsenal fans as the equivalent of sex with an ugly bird. You wince through it and long for the end but kid yourself that it's sort of enjoyable anyway. Now it's gone though, we're missing it. Let's face it, shopping in Brent Cross with the missus shouldn't be what Saturday afternoons are about.
A quick word about this site. When the content management system is in place, we also hope to get an article comment facility (so you can tell us how shit the article was), more storage space (so we can get more Photoshopped pics of Teddy Sheringham morphed into Skeletor) and a more regularly updated site.
What's "Issix" then? Well it's the word used by residents of Essex to describe the county in which they live. And those in the north east of that county should be happy to learn that there's a new North East Essex supporters club starting up! It's important for new supporters clubs to get a strong start so that they can establish themselves easier so please look at
flyer and their website: http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/AFSC_NE_Essex
Congratulations to Steve Bould's Young Guns as they secured a league and cup double. In the past, not many youths have broken into the first team but this generation is certainly knocking on the door and it's all vey encouraging!
Also well done to the Arsenal Ladies and the phenom that is Victor David Akers. Vic founded Arsenal Ladies in 1987 and in 22 years has won 11 league titles, 10 FA Cups, 10 League Cups, 5 Community Sheilds and a UEFA Cup. Really incredible! As well as all that, Vic's well-respected for really pushing the profile of the ladies' game forward and setting the standard sky high. Vic has now hung up the old sheepskin coat and we wish him all the best.
What are stadiums famous for? Well Anfield's got its Kop, Wembley had the Towers (and now that silly fucking arch thing) and Highbury had its Clock. The Clock that let the gathering hordes in the terraces know how long before kick off. When the Jumbotrons were just an LED glint in the eye of David Dein. It was iconic and gave identity to one of the most important stands in terrace folklore - The Clock End. I was an East Stand/North Bank boy myself but even I understood the significance of The Clock and what it meant to those who sang underneath its protective brow week in and week out.
As with lots of things at the move from Highbury to the new stadium, The Clock was an afterthought when it should have been given more consideration. It was initially never to be re-erected but eventually was given a position behind
one of the giant hi tech supertronic screens in the glitzy Emirates stadium. For the last three years, we've had dozens of emails about getting The Clock moved to inside the ground as opposed to being stuck behind a Jumbotron with only the away fans for an audience. So we're responding.
Now we all know how effective most online petitions are. So we're not doing one of those! REDaction are in talks with Ivan Gazidis about The Clock and he's happy to seriously review the current situation. More happy than his predecessors thankfully! So we as fans have to prove to Mr Gazidis that there's enough interest in this issue. If you want The Clock relocated, please download
this letter template, fill in the name and date and post it off. Ivan is VERY hands on with these kinds of issues and will give this his full attention, we guarantee it. So if you want to make a difference and care about this piece of our heritage, fill in the letter and let's make the change happen.
One final thing. Last month (was it only last month?!), REDaction in conjunction with AFC and AISA hosted the 2009 Gala Dinner. The theme was Anfield 89 and we were in the company of such luminaries as Graham, Daltrey, Dicko, Nutty, Smudge, Willow, Loft...er...Watt, Caesar the Geezer, Perence, O'Leary and Whoopsie. Ahem. Sorry. Anyway we've got loads of photos from the event and once we've moved servers and have more space, we'll create an album for the pics. In the meantime, if you were one of the lucky 400 in attendance, please send in any pics of the night to
and we'll get them hosted for ya!
Victory Through Harmony