By Sir Hardly Anyone.
I do love the stories the bloggettas publish. They brighten up my day. They make me smile. Guffaw sometimes even. Snigger a bit. That sort of thing.
Now most of these odd tales, as you may have noted if you regularly read my august column herein, focus on transfers, but today we 90min.com that brings us the thought that Stan Kroenke is going to move Arsenal.
Whereto we don’t know, but he is going to move Arsenal.
As background they helpfully point out that once upon a time (actually it was 1913 but the writer didn’t look it up to tell us) Woolwich Arsenal moved from Plumstead to Islington – although some of the local people were mighty annoyed about it and so were the council. They set up a defence committee, and all that stuff, but fortunately Arsenal had Henry Norris on their side, so the locals didn’t stand an earthly.
But what 90min fail to remind us is that in the early days Royal Arsenal also played on the Invicta Ground, opposite the Manor Ground and moved across the road to the Manor in 1893 because the fiendish landlord doubled what was already noted as the highest rent for a football ground in England. A rival club, Royal Ordnance Factories took over the Invicta and played for a few years in the Southern League, but eventually gave it up as a bad job.
Indeed they don’t even mention that when Henry Norris moved us to Islington it was to Highbury and then subsequently we moved around the corner to the Ems.
But anyway there is a fear that Stan Kroenke might move Arsenal a bit more than just round the corner, and even a bit further than the 12.5 miles (by road) from Plumstead to Highbury.
So what is the evidence of this I hear you cry, or I would hear you cry if you had the window open.
Well it is “the news that Stan Kroenke has decided to controversially move NFL side St Louis Rams out of St Louis and to Los Angeles instead.”
Now despite the split infinitive I perceive that because Mr Kroenke has moved an NFL club 1825 miles from Missouri to California, he could do the same to Arsenal. So, geography books at the ready, where could he go that is 1825 miles from Highbury?
This is a tricky one. There is nowhere in the UK that is that far from London, and indeed it is hard to find a European city that is. Tiblisi in Georgia might do it. I wonder how much a season ticket costs for fortnightly air travel?
To back up the claims of the bloggetta they note that “the Rams were initially the Los Angeles Rams up until 1995 before they moved to St Louis,” but I suspect they then got the St Louis Blues and wanted to move out. Ho ho.
However there is an interesting point here for the article continues, “Now Kroenke is taking them back to their spiritual home”.
So where is our spiritual home? Plumstead Marshes is where we really started, I guess, unless Stan fancies a stadium on the rather crowded Isle of Dogs. Or Highbury? Knock down the apartments, dig up the garden and start again?
Apparently – and I must say this is the killer, “Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to voice their concerns that they could suffer the same fate [as the Rams].”
Which proves that while you can’t prove anything with statistics, you can be as dumb as you like on Twitter.
Showing how seriously the bloggetta takes all this it then notes “the complete public outcry that happened when Wimbledon were taken to Milton Keynes by Pete Winkelman to form Milton Keynes Dons,” and thus, “it is unlikely Kroenke would disobey English tradition.
“Nevertheless, the news whipped Arsenal fans up into a frenzy on Twitter, proving that they perhaps do not fully trust their American shareholder.”
Actually what I really like here is the fact that the article fails to note that Arsenal have in the last ten years or so spent a fortune on a new stadium. Or that Stan already own Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, and if he did want to move a club he could think of moving that one.
So, thank you http://www.90min.com/ you brightened up my day. Not that it needed brightening, but you know what I mean.
Three anniversaries all from the same day
- 15 January 2010: Samuel Galindo signed from Real America. Despite eight loan spells over the next five years, he never broke into the Arsenal first team for a league match and was reported not to have played a single game in his last four loan spells.
- 15 January 2010: Mark Randall loaned to MK Dons. He played in Bergkamp’s testimonial but never made the breakthrough and drifted into lower league Italian football before joining MK Dons in 2014.
- 15 January 2010: Kerrea Gilbert loaned to Peterborough. He got his chance in 2006 (the Year of the Seven Left Backs), and played in six league and cup games, but after his own injury never recovered. In 2014 he was reported to be playing for St Albans City.