By Walter Broeckx
When I write this I know that in some 24 hours time I will be in my car close to Calais. And when you read this you might well be making your plans perhaps in your car or other means of transport you use on your way to Wembley or to the Emirates. Or to the pub. Or to some friends to watch it together.
The FA cup final is quickly arriving now.
Just as last year I will make my way to London. Not to Wembley. Alas… this isn’t to be for now. Certainly not with the ridiculously low number of tickets that is going to Arsenal. 25.000… you are having a laugh.
But last year Arsenal did the big screening thing for the first time and I was there. And I fully enjoyed the occasion. Apart from 2 moments to be honest. Last year Arsenal sold around 20.000 tickets. And this time they are selling 40.000 tickets. And I and a few of my friends of Arsenal Belgium have tickets.
Slowly the cup fever is taking over. The trip, the match, the tension…. it will not be as it will be in Wembley but it will be the second best place to see the match.
And hopefully we will have something to celebrate at the end of the match. If we win we will be the most successful team in the entire FA cup history. In fact we are already the most successful team but we have to share this title with Manchester United. Oh the joy if we would win it this time.
But it is a final and they usually are very tight affairs. That’s just the way it goes most of the time. For Aston Villa and most of their players it is also the biggest match in their career possibly so they will be up for it. But in a way I feel confident that if our players are in top form and can produce a top performance we should win this match.
If so our group will be in for a long or short night around the Emirates. Long or short depending on how you look at it of course. From the sleeping point of view or from the being awake point of view.
So being as close to the action as can be in London has of course a bad side. Usually at home I can write my match report during the match and publish it immediately. This time that will be impossible. Of course if Arsenal would allow me in the press room or allow me to use one of their computers I could do it but not counting on that to be honest.
But the good thing will be that once I return home somewhere Sunday evening I will be able to write a few reports of the events that have happened to our group. And if we win we will go to the parade and you can be sure you will find some reports on that too. I will bring my camera to take pictures and make some video clips. Untold Arsenal TV. Now that is a new idea…
But if I can lay my hands on some computer I will try to publish my thoughts as soon as possible. Because that is where I want to share my feelings with the rest of you of course. Over here on Untold.
So with my working day now having come to an end I will start my pre-travel checks.
Reminded my fellow travellers of the departure time? Check!
Shuttle booking? Check!
Identity card? Check!
Hotel booking? Check!
Shirt? Still to pick!
Good mood? Check!
I’m on my way guys! See some of you tomorrow in and around the Emirates.
Let’s hope it will be an historic Saturday, a night to remember and a great Sunday !