A short while back Blacksheep put forward the notion of there being an Untold banner at the Emirates, displayed in the zones between the upper and lower decks.
We’ve liaised with Red Action and Arsenal on how we can go about doing this, and eventually came up with three options from the many on the table, and we have written a little about how we might pay for it. Everyone was then invited to vote on which banner they wanted.
Since then quite a few things have happened and here’s the update.
First we’ve had well over 1000 votes so far – which is a sensational number. If you have read Untold for a while you’ll know that our readership numbers are rather large, but readership of a site like ours, which can cover everything from delicate and gentle way in which Liverpool conduct affairs with their players through to the interaction between referees and those who would like to influence games, does not normally translate into big numbers of votes in a poll of the type we have run.
As it happens, the advertising agency I run often organises opinion polls for clients who are keen to know what customers and potential customers feel about certain topics, and I don’t think we’ve ever got near 1000 votes no matter how many people read our blogs, emails and adverts. So this level of voting is great news.
Second, we’ve had some fun along the way. For example one of the leaders of the anti-arsenal arsenal conglomeration has given us quite a lot of publicity, and while those who follow that gentleman’s point of view would not vote for any of our banners, we’ve had a lot of extra publicity through his efforts, not all of which has fallen on the ears and eyes of those of an aaa persuasion. Thanks to everyone who has mentioned us along the way, whether in approval or attempting to laugh at what we do.
As a result of the aaa coverage we also had a few comments from people saying, “Why are all three banners pro-Wenger?” and of course the answer is that this site is very much based on a pro-Wenger vision. When I started Untold (some 5240 articles ago) it was to put across a point of view that I felt was not expressed in other blogs, and we’ve never tried to hide the fact that Untold has a particular point of view. So that’s why the banners are as they are. To those who have said, “the banner shouldn’t be about Wenger” our answer is fine, set up your own idea and approach Arsenal. We don’t have a monopoly.
On the issue of money, we’ve all been overwhelmed by the offers we have had, and there is no doubt at all that we shall be able to pay for the banner.
I think this side of the matter has been the most amazing of all. I mean, a lot of people do write in and say how much they enjoy and appreciate Untold – and that is quite extraordinary in an era where the norm seems to be the criticise, criticise and criticise. But to try and force money into my hand – and indeed to go to great lengths to get the money to me, even from overseas, is quite overwhelming.
To everyone who has offered us money, I am incredibly grateful. If you have actually tried to push it into my hands, I do hope you fully understand why we’ve said “no”. There is no guarantee that the banner will be accepted by Arsenal, and so no need for any funds at this time and I didn’t want the hassle of trying to hand it all back.
If Arsenal say yes, and we go ahead we will then sort out a way for everyone who wishes to be associated with the idea to pay a small amount each, to help fund the banner. Also of course we will get photos and keep you in touch with our progress.
So, we are going to close voting on Sunday night, the 24th. If you want to vote and have not done so just click here, and then vote.
I will ask Blacksheep to announce the result next week, and then immediately get in touch with our contacts at Arsenal to see if we can get their ok to our ideas. No guarantee of course, but we’ll give it a go.
Again, my sincere thanks to Blacksheep, and of course to everyone who has joined in Blacksheep’s idea. I think it is fair to say that all of us who do our bit to keep Untold running are knocked out by the support and goodwill we have had during this process.
Many thanks to everyone.
Somehow it feels appropriate to focus today on one particular anniversary and one particular player: Jack Lambert. Here’s what the anniversary files say
22 May 1902: Jack Lambert born. He played local football for Greasborough and Methley Perseverance, before being rejected by The Wednesday after a trial, played non-league with Rotherham County, and finally managed to get a run with Rotherham United in the 3rd Division North. He then became one of our greatest players ever.
If you don’t know Jack’s story, click the link and take a look.