How and why are you a Gooner?

Discussion in 'Arsenal' started by xXJippedXx, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. xXJippedXx

    xXJippedXx New Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    London
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    For me it's family... Dad, Granddad, great Granddad etc going back to the old days at Woolwich were all Arsenal fans (we do have a few Sp#rs and Chelsea fans in the family but they're rarely invinted to family gatherings..

    My first game was away to Wimbledon in 90/91 when Merson scores and runs to the Arsenal fans behind the goal you can see me on the clubs official video! :D
     
  2. thebigman

    thebigman Member+

    May 25, 2006
    Birmingham
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    in about 96/97 i saw the gawd dennis bergkamp and ian wright and decided arsenal were the team for me

    the 97/98 season did it for me though, especially with anelka and vieira with arsenals fun style of play
     
  3. TxTechGooner

    TxTechGooner we're having fun here, no?

    Feb 24, 2003
  4. GloryhuntingMuppet

    Mar 16, 2009
    Cincinnati
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    I probably didn't identify as a Gooner until around 2000. I started following the league in 1994. US World Cup excitement and the Netscape web browser made it easier to learn about the sport. By 1996 I decided that I needed to start following one team exclusively. Arsenal were hiring some French, J-League manager who I figured would be fired by the end of the season, so why not root for him until then?
    Still around.
     
  5. BVgolski07

    BVgolski07 Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Milwaukee
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Like many American kids who played soccer through grade school and high school, I played a lot but didn't watch much on TV. Seemed like around the time my high school was coming to end, ESPN started picking up more games and I think my parents' cable package expanded to get Fox Soccer. Chelsea was really the first team I was exposed to in the EPL, and I thought "Wow, they play so fast, this is awesome." Then I saw Henry and the Gunners, and I've been an Arsenal fan since.
     
  6. ArsenalTexan3

    ArsenalTexan3 Member

    Arsenal
    Sep 24, 2002
    Jakarta
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Because I hated Reebok with a passion. I was in South Africa in 2001 and the only teams I had heard of at that point were City, United, Liverpool, and Arsenal. One of the guys I was working with was telling me about the FA Cup final and how he was telling me he was going to wear his Liverpool top. I didn't care, but when I saw the top and the reebok logo, I decided to support Arsenal. Been supporting them ever since.
     
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  7. Munchlaxatives

    Aug 13, 2008
    Houston
    I'm with you up until there. Instead of being wowed by Chelsea, I became an Henry fanboy after watching him play with France and Arsenal. When he left for Barcelona, I became an Arsenal fan because I really liked how the team played the following season.
     
  8. darcgun

    darcgun Member+

    Jan 11, 2008
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Since Ian Wright, Tony, Seaman and the famous back four days, 1992.

    Though we won a few trophies in the latter Graham days, the football was boring, and due to the rise of Fergie and Graham losing the plot we never really were going to challenge for the league. I think to this day that we signed Bergkamp since the board knew a change in strategy was needed for the club to prosper. Buying McGoldrick or Glenn Helder wouldn't cut it lol..
     
  9. The English Hacker

    Aug 8, 2011
    Toronto
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Grew up in Kent, parents both being from South London. They were both always Arsenal fans and I liked the colour red - when you're 5 there's no better reason than you like the kits. So, been a fan since '77. Football coach/French teacher in secondary school was also best friends with Tony Adams too, so that wasn't a bad connection. I remember him taking us to watch them train and playing darts in the clubhouse with Paul Merson and John Lukic.
     
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  10. Silva 5

    Silva 5 Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    "f-ck the wagon come join the band"
     
  11. deaner1971

    deaner1971 Member+

    Aug 10, 2005
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Childhood coach was a supporter and then my parents bought me a book on tactics as soon as I could read. It was the mid 70s so the book was mostly plays by Brazil (even as a kid I knew no one could replicate that) and the Arsenal double team (stressed their organization). Between the book and my coach I assumed that Arsenal were the best side in the world.

    That was confirmed (only 11 years later) when we won the league...

    Found that book a few years ago when we moved into our house. Cannot wait to have Mr. Charlie George sign it.
     
  12. thepundit

    thepundit Member

    Jan 1, 2005
    Tacoma, WA
    cool shirts best style 99 bandwagun
     
  13. Main Man

    Main Man Member

    Jul 22, 2009
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    For some reason my younger sister fell in love with Liverpool as did my Dad. I was ********ing sick of hearing about 'Pool so I had to pick a team to go against them. Just so happened I was watching Fox Soccer and Arsenal happened to hand it to Pool. Cool name. Cool kits. To an American kid, calling a sports team "Arsenal" or "Gunners" sounded awesome. This was in 97 or 98 I think.

    A year later I started dating a girl who's dad was French. Talked a lot about Henry. Then he ended up on Arsenal. Named my cat after him. I didn't get to see many games while I was in college. Maybe a handful. 2-3 tops during the Invincibles run. I still preferred Arsenal to other EPL teams but wasn't that into it. It wasn't until '08 that I really became a true Arsenal fan. Again ... as kind of a reaction to someone else.

    I had a truly evil SVP at the company I was working at. He managed to drive the company into the ground, ruled through fear, took great delight in publicly humiliating employees. He was also a huge Tottenham supporter.

    When he found out that me and another rep were Arsenal fans he grilled us at our Op Review for 2 hours. Just absolutely grilled us. No one else went for longer than 20-30min. So one day I absolutely plastered his office with Arsenal material. Started long running cold war in the office. We hated the guy because he was killing the company and morale but Arsenal became the symbol that everyone rallied around as a small measure of resistance...as was St. Totteringham's day. There was a small bar a block away that always had a couple soccer games on and that's where we'd congregate daily at lunch or after work to bitch about him.
     
  14. RevRider

    RevRider Member

    May 12, 2008
    Massachusetts
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I played soccer when I was younger up until high school but quit when I reached high school because it conflicted with golf season, and unfortunately I was a better golfer than soccer player so the choice was pretty easy in regards to what sport to give up. Still I never did watch soccer. My first soccer game I went to wasn't until summer 2007 (Revs-KC Wizards). That started my interest in following soccer so naturally I followed my home team the Revs. College sophmore year I started playing FIFA (I forget which year) but I loved playing with Henry so I just started following Arsenal slowly, getting into the EPL there was a ton to digest (and still plenty to learn today).I was so clueless I played with Henry and Arsenal all the time without even knowing he was on Barcelona lol. But Arsenal was the team I picked so I stood by them. Didn't really start seriously being a Gooner until 2009. I wish I had a more romantic story to falling in love with a team but this was just dumb luck. Glad it happened though. Had I waited a couple of years probably would have ended up a Liverpool fan because I am a Red Sox fan. As mentioned earlier FSC and ESPN's expanded coverage really helped me getting into the sport.
     
  15. goonermaui

    goonermaui Arsenal No Ka 'Oi

    May 12, 2006
    Lahaina Maui
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    I was 10 days away from my eleventh birthday, and will never forget the angst, sulking, moping, and according to my Dad, crying...that took place, on the back seat of our Vauxhall Viva,
    as we drove home.





    In Fever Pitch, Nick Hornby penned...

    Much like I remember it.....
    I think, for me, it started with Bobby Gould in the 86th minute of that match.
    Then came the Fairs Cup, The Double, and Charlie.....
    There was no turning back.
    [​IMG]
     
  16. Val1

    Val1 Member+

    Arsenal
    Mar 12, 2004
    MD's Eastern Shore
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    I lived in England from 1973 to 1976 and I played soccer at the air base. My first coach, who I had for two seasons, didn't know anything about soccer, it was his son that loved the game. My coach was a fast pitch softball player. Anyway, he had been stationed there in 1971 and of course all the media was about Arsenal doing the double. You have to remember, doing the double was a rare thing back then, only two teams had turned the double in the previous 40+ years. So, he followed Arsenal. Back then, licensing was as big, so the base recs department bought the same jerseys the pros wore, so for two years I wore the white sleeves with red cuffs that the big guys wore. How was I going to become a fan of any other team?

    Of course, in the mid 70s we sucked. The 75-76 season we were only 2-3 spots ahead of relegation the whole season. Charlie George had left, as had Ray Kennedy and Frank McLintock. Liam Brady was still breaking into the team, Alan Ball taught me the definition of feckless, and really, only George Armstrong gave us any reason to cheer. Then I moved back stateside and within a month we had bought Malcolm MacDonald for the record price of 333,333.33 pounds and we never were in the relegation zone again. Two years later Pat Jennings came and we've been pretty damn good ever since.

    Could have been worse. The first two years I played in the league, the other teams were Derby, Ipswich, Colchester United :eek: West Ham and Burnley....
     
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  17. juanmorales1993

    Feb 1, 2008
    California
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Mexico
  18. The Grimster

    The Grimster Member

    Apr 22, 2005
    Edmonton
    After Dalgleish's meltdown in 1991 It was clear that I couldn't go on supporting them so I had to find a new team and Arsenal won the league that year so it was a no-brainer really.
     
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  19. sbarr

    sbarr Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    St. Louis, MO
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    I became a Gooner amidst the fortunate aligning of English Premier League football on American TV and Dennis Bergkamp’s arrival to Arsenal football club. I had fallen in love with the Dutchman’s skills several years previously when I watched an Ajax v. PSV game that a friend’s Grandparents had recorded from an obscure satellite channel broadcast. I immediately became a KNVB fan and as I discovered Dennis in the red and white-sleeved shirt, I similarly was drawn to Arsenal Football Club. The perfect combination of a favorite player who represents my two favorite teams.
     
  20. Copperhead

    Copperhead Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I blame the French exchange students back when I was in high school. They gave me French jerseys and Arsenal jerseys. Henry, Thuram, Petit and Vieira. I started to watch Arsenal on the TV and I was drawn particularly to Vieira's no nonsense approach. In fact, they sent me a Mathieu Flamini jersey out of contempt for me missing one of the boys' wedding. Even though I bought a new kitchen island for them lol.
     
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  21. Miles Brasher

    Miles Brasher Member

    Sep 6, 2004
    Coventry,England
    Nice of you to come over from the Man City boards and grace us with your presence ;-)
     
  22. red & wite army

    red & wite army I ain't no drama queen!

    Jan 15, 2005
    Nat'l Team:
    --other--
    3rd grade, and I was buddies with the grandson of Margaret Thatcher. His bodyguard got him supporting Arsenal.

    I went to my buddy's house, and his room was covered in Arsenal posters....Bergkamp, Seaman, Adams, Keown, Dixon, etc. He also had a number of Arsenal shirts hanging up in his wardrobe, and often wore them to school on casual day.

    This was around 1999, and I too joined the bandwagon. Dennis was my favourite, but I really thought that team was the bomb. I remember having a Player Profile magazine, and I memorized all the random details. I still remember Bergkamp's favourite meal was lasagna!
     
  23. red & wite army

    red & wite army I ain't no drama queen!

    Jan 15, 2005
    Nat'l Team:
    --other--
    highbury me.jpg george me.jpg
    And for bit of a laugh. Arsenal vs PSV 2004, at Highbury. And then to the Emirates in 2007.
     
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  24. deaner1971

    deaner1971 Member+

    Aug 10, 2005
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Oh, the irony!
     
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  25. lamb

    lamb Member+

    Sep 3, 2004
    Larne, N.Ireland
    test your knowledge:
    http://www.sporcle.com/games/andrewdj/french-arsenal-players-under-wenger
    i got 24/33 :(
    there were 3 i'd never even heard of, and 2 i can barely remember hearing of.

    as for the thread.....1975, as a 6yo staying at my arsenal supporting uncle's in london, lots of irish players. he brought me to the first 2 home games of the season before i had to go back home for school. the same again for the next couple of augusts until he brought me over for the '78 cup final (couple of days after my birthday). we used to go with a guy called frank who worked for arsenal.
    i was also brought to man utd games when staying with my utd supporting family in sale, which is just a couple of miles from old trafford. she lived (still does) in carrington lane, where is very close to where both manchester clubs train now (they didn't then, though a lot of players lived around there back then). i met alex stepney (utd's keeper) while playing footie with my cousin and his friends on the local green. he would join in quite often apparently. matt busby used to go to church right opposite her house. a lucky escape for me, eh?
     

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