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Arsenal – Everton, the good luck man had a nice trip

By Walter Broeckx, also known as the 4 to 1 Gooner

Well it was another fine experience for me as a Gooner from outside England. It all started off rather early for me. At 5.00 in the morning local time. That is 4.00 English time.  As it was a rather early kick off and we only had a couple of weeks to plan it we went by car this time. Booking the Eurostar that late is too costly.  So we started our journey around Antwerp at 6.00 our time.

All went well and in Calais the shuttle service told us we could take an earlier train even. That then went down for some reason and so when we finally started we were half an hour later than scheduled. Lucky I calculate such thing in before we start.

We drove up to North Greenwich underground station near the O2 arena and from there went on with the Underground. So no parking problems around the Emirates. Surely a good way to do it in the future. And as we noticed when we looked at the Jubilee line schedule…..one direct line to Wembley from there on.  Nice to remember for the future…who knows….

I must say that the O2 arena looks impressive and the underground station is nice and modern. But no time to admire the scenery we were there to take the underground and go to the Arsenal.  That all went rather smoothly. But on arrival we only had one hour before kick off. So no real time to have a meal. All we could take was a hamburger from one of the stalls over Highbury House.  One hamburger with cheese that will be £3.30 please. I didn’t get sick from it so that wasn’t too bad.

Then the match followed but I have written about that in another article. After the match I had the chance to meet Tony. Finally. It has been a long time this time Tony.  So finally we had the chance to talk about Arsenal, football, health and sickness, kids and family, friends and statues.

And I had the chance to meet Emma. The nice lady that wrote an article on Untold about one of those terrible diseases that happen to people and for which there is no cure. The article can be found here by the way.

And I don’t know what it is but all the friends from Tony  I have been meeting are such nice persons.  I will put that down to Tony his influence. After all isn’t Untold not the nicest Arsenal blog around with the nicest regular readers?

So each time I get to know more people and it is always such a nice experience.  This is what I dreamed about that Untold would bring me in time.  And it should be such a nice thing if we could meet more readers when Tony and I are together for a match. An Untold meeting before or after at match… something for the future?

Then of course on to the statues.  Those statues were (as he endlessly reminds me) Tony’s idea; he proposed the notion it to Ivan Gazidis in 2010 and the fact that it happened  is such an amazing thing. Having your idea put up in bronze near to the stadium. This is something that is really amazing when you think about it.

The way back home was a bit more bumpy. After a short visit to the Rocket where my other Benelux friends had their after match drink we went down the stairs of the Holloway road station and then got on 3 very crowded trains back to North Greenwich. As there was some fighting going on later that night in the O2 arena we knew the reason for the crowded trains. Poldi and Gnabry even attended the event.

After finding our way to the highway back we drove to Folkestone after having bought a pie with bacon and chicken in it. Well it kept the hunger away for a while and cost me with a soft drink £5.60. I also survived that.

The car I had at my disposal was loaned by one of my sons and it really was a pleasure to drive. We were just in time at the Euro Tunnel to check in. As a result we couldn’t get to the Burger King. Otherwise we would have added that to our menu but it wasn’t to be.

A cold sandwich from the shop was all we had. (Dear people from Burger King can I get one for free next time in return for this free advertising?).  Time was rather short in between as you can see from the report so no real time to enjoy the English cuisine this time.

But now the main point. Well it is clear that I bring something to the team. I came against Sunderland and we won 4-1. In between I wasn’t at Stoke (obviously) and we lost. Now again I was there against Everton and again we won 4-1.

So we have to give it another go. I should attend another game as soon as possible.  But alas time, finances and other things will prevent this I’m afraid. But still the 2 visits I had have been great, and I do hope to come over at least once more this season.  Add to that the Dortmund away match where I also was present… I had a great season so far when I watched it in the stadium.

Can I come back again? And can we do it in the FA cup? The way is open now, we have matters in our own hands. If anyone wants to sell me or give me a ticket for the semi final… just let me know. I will drive all the way up to there.. No problem.

Oh to be a Gooner!

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28 comments to Arsenal – Everton, the good luck man had a nice trip

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Walter , why don’t you take a little drive to Munich on Tuesday ?

  • Brickfields Gunners

    For some reason I’m thinking of an Arsenal vs Sheffield Utd final .

  • Hissy Fitt

    That was a nice and easy read. But what is it with your junk food?

  • Hissy Fitt

    @ Brickfields Gunners

    what???? no joke in your post? is this april’s fools days….;)
    keep up the good work – by not posting jokes.

    if i want jokes i would read posts by bootoomee, lol

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Bicycles Or Women?
    Why bicycles are better than Women…

    Bicycles don’t get pregnant.

    You can ride your Bicycle any time of the month.

    Bicycles don’t have parents.

    Bicycles don’t whine unless something is really wrong.

    You can share your Bicycle with your friends.

    Bicycles don’t care how many other Bicycles you’ve ridden.

    When riding, you and your Bicycle can arrive at the same time.

    Bicycles don’t care how many other Bicycles you have.

    Bicycles don’t care if you look at other Bicycles.

    Bicycles don’t care if you buy Bicycle magazines.

    You’ll never hear, “Surprise, you are going to own a new Bicycle” unless you go out to buy one yourself.

    If your Bicycle goes flat you can fix it.

    If your Bicycle is too loose you can tighten it.

    If your Bicycle is misaligned, you don’t have to discuss politics with it.

    You don’t have to be jealous of the guy who works on your Bicycle.

    If you say bad things to your Bicycle, you don’t have to apologize before you ride it again.

    You can ride your Bicycle as long as you want and it won’t get sore.

    You can stop riding your Bicycle as soon as you want and it won’t get frustrated.

    Your parents won’t remain in touch with your old bicycle after you dump it.

    Bicycles don’t get headaches.

    Bicycles don’t insult you if you’re a bad rider.

    Your Bicycle never wants a night out with the other Bicycles.

    Bicycles don’t care if you’re late.

    You don’t have to take a shower before you ride your bicycle.

    If your Bicycle doesn’t look good you can paint it or get better parts.

    You can ride your Bicycle the first time you meet it, without having to take it to dinner, see a movie, or meet its mother.

    The only protection you have to wear when riding your Bicycle is a decent helmet.

    When in mixed company, you can talk about what a great ride you had the last time you were on your Bicycle.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Keep on smiling .Goodnight, guys .
    http://www.guy-sports.com/fun_pictures/cycle_squash.jpg

  • WalterBroeckx

    Well Hissy if you don’t have time you have to eat something, anything, no matter what. And some of our regulars like to know what I eat along the way so I give them the information.
    And I have to eat because otherwise I get grumpy. Ask my wife… 🙂

    And I really don’t eat fastfood every day. In fact I eat more or less vegetarian during the work week and only have some meat in the weekends. But from time to time I do fancy a big, fat, juicy hamburger… or a bratwurst….

    Damned just remembered…Munich is in Germany…could have made the trip and got myself a bratwurst…. 🙂

  • WalterBroeckx

    Brickfields,
    talking about bikes… you just reminded me I have to get my bike out of the garage now to start my training run. I will not ask my wife to ride her for the next hour and a half… 🙂 🙂

  • Mick

    Re Bicycles
    They don’t get half your house when you split from them either!

  • Shakabula Gooner

    Editorial meetings in the park and local pubs.
    Visits to the HQ at personal costs.
    Cheap meals to go.
    Furtive meetings with suspect collaborators, high on ideals but low on cash.
    Belated discovery of talismanic benefits of regular visits and get togethers among loyal staff.
    That is what you get when you knowingly choose to pledge and work for the Untold Conglomerate.

    Come, let me introduce you Untold Sheikhs of Ethiad. Oh! I forget, no Wembley visit for them again this year! But then they may just buy the place outright before this time next year.

    Walter, change employers please!

  • WalterBroeckx

    stop the presses…. as predicted on here in the comments last week the ref for our match next sunday… is…. Dean.

    So lets concentrate on the FA cup then… blimey… Mike Riley surely had this up his sleeve a long time….

  • WalterBroeckx

    For chelsea it probably will be Atkinson. Again. A chelsea supporting ref… watch this in a week time….
    Oh well we knew this was going to happen. After all we know the PGMOL and Mike Riley well enough to know that he will send any crook to stop us from going for the title.

  • bob

    Gunners,
    Please consider bringing a red sea of red cards to serve Dean with, when he (inevitably?) squats to do Riley’s dirty work. This potential grand theft could be one for the ages.

  • Andy L

    With Dean appointed for the Totts game I think Walter should think about travelling on Sunday.

  • nicky

    I must say Walter, some of these food prices of yours seem quite exorbitant.
    £3.30 for a cheeseburger and £5.60 for a bacon and chicken (what a combination)pie.
    Who, in a normal meal at home, would ever consider eating a pasty of bacon with chicken, yet these eateries blithely mix up ingredients…..because they have a captive clientele.
    Might respectfully suggest that for your own preservation

  • nicky

    in future, you bring with you a supply of Belgian sarnies, beer and chocolates.

  • Florian

    Andy,

    I think that would be too much of a risk. I’d be happy if he were our 1-0 man though;)

  • none

    Sadly Walter no bookie would take my money on Dean for Spurs and Atkinson for Chelsea.

    I guess they already knew?

  • Micheal Ram

    BFG,

    Bicycles dont mind lubricants to be ridden better.

    Bicycles dont talk during movies.

    Walter,

    Anyway, hows your riding coming? I mean your bicycle ride…

  • Asif

    Come on Untolders…we need to put Walter in the Wembley! Please, someone with a spare ticket…!

  • Brickfields Gunners

    I think bob’s red cards idea is good one.Could somebody make a poster / banner saying , ” UNTOLD ARSENAL IS WATCHING YOU !” ,” UNTOLD ARSENAL KNOWS !”
    Let’s rid the EPL of this scum .

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Or of course , ” WALTER 4-1 IS HERE !”

  • WalterBroeckx

    Michael,
    I’m completely out of shape to be honest. 🙁 Luckily I have a little break on the refereeing front for another week so I can try to do something about it. Blimey…it must have been the pie or was it the hamburger… 😉

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Just opened my e-mail and found these ‘wise ‘sayings , which would make some fine posters !From Pretty Galz..

    The Wise Confucius say ….. !!!

    Confucius say ….. ” Virginity like bubble. One prick, all gone ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” Man with hand in pocket, feel cocky all day ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” Foolish man give wife grand piano. Wise man give wife, upright organ ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” Wife who put husband in dog-house, soon find him in – cat house ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” Wife’s panty, not best thing on earth. But next to best thing on earth ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” Man who fight with wife all day, get no ‘ piece ‘ at night ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” Man with tight trousers, is pressing his luck ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” Man kicked in testicles, left holding bag ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” It take many nails to build crib. But only one screw, to fill it ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” Secretary not permanent fixture, until screwed on top of desk ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” Dumb man climb tree to get cherry. Wise man spread legs of woman ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” Passionate kiss like spider’s web. Soon lead to undoing of fly ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” Marriage is like game of poker. You start with pair and end with full house ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” It is good for girl to meet boy in park. But, better for boy to park meat in girl ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” Woman laid in tomb, may soon become mummy ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” Man with athletic finger, make broad jump ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” Man who marries girl with no bust, have right to feel low down ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” Man who fish in other man’s well, often catch crabs ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” Man who sucks nipples, makes clean breast of things ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” Virgin with thimble on finger, never feel prick ! ”

    Confucius Say ….. ” Man who fondle girl having period, get caught red handed ! ”

    Confucius Say ….. ” Never argue with a woman, when she’s tired, or well rested ! ”

    Confucius Say .. ” If you want a committed man, look in mental hospital ! ”

    Confucius Say ….. ” Woman who wears padded bra, makes mountains out of molehills ! ”

    Confucius Say .. ” Man who pulls on woman’s bra-strap, may get bust in mouth ! ”

    Confucius say ….. ” Girl’s best asset, is her ` lie ‘ ability ! “

  • Brickfields Gunners

    @ Walter – Do wish the team do well in Munich . Am not able to offer any ‘assistance ‘ for this tie (wink , wink !).
    ” Man who fight with wife all day, get no ‘ piece ‘ at night ! ”

  • Micko

    @None
    Did you seriously try to have a bet on that ?