By Walter Broeckx
Tony recently posted an article celebrating 6000 Untold Arsenal pieces on this web site. 6000…. six thousand….That really is an amazing number.
Let us keep it factual first… 6000 articles in more or less 8 years or in some 2928 days is an average of just over 2 articles a day.
As I know from the early days and the days Tony worked alone on this blog and that was for more than 1.5 year, you couldn’t publish on a daily basis. Now we do apart from when we are being under attack and are taken down from time to time.
I think over the last year the average numbers of articles will be 3 a day. I really wonder if there is any other football blog from any other club that manages to do this on a day to day basis?? And I don’t mean putting 7 rumours a day on line as publishing an article. Because like them or not the Untold articles are real articles.
As I have just written in my “italic-article” the other day it also has been an amazing trip for me personally. It has brought me and will bring me to places I could never have dreamed of. It has given me friendships all over the world. Even if some are only virtual as I have and probably will never meet some of you in person. That is something I regret, and if we ever get to the 10.000th article perhaps we could organise something to celebrate this milestone we should try to bring Untold together. Why not in the Emirates??
Untold has made me fulfil a child’s dream and I am eternally grateful for that. I really feel privileged to be a part of this blog. And feel honoured that Tony trusted me to write for him (English is not my mother language and never will be of course but to be honest those first articles were in really bad English – I know I can and should still improve).
It has brought friendship with Tony, Blacksheep and Andrew whom I have seen a few times over the years and hope to see a lot more in the next years. I even have had Tony in my house for a few days a few years ago and that is still a great memory for me and Carine. We had lots of fun, well I did anyway and we should do it again one day. But have to say the piano is gone now Tony so we would not be able to listen to you playing the piano anymore. (You probably don’t know this but Tony is also a fine musician as far as I can judge those things as I wouldn’t even recognise a “minor chord” even if it would hit me in the face.
Tony and I also played together in a team on the pitch of the Arsenal stadium a memory that is still so alive even if it is already a few years ago. We took a shower in the same shower that has seen Messi taken a shower. We should have… no we are not that kind of people.
Untold has brought me a lot over the years. It has brought me comfort when things didn’t go as planned in my life. It has kept me sane at times. When I read the comments of the many Untold faithful people I feel warm inside.
And when I read people who praise me I feel grateful to be a part of this blog.
When I read the abuse aimed at me…I just shrug my shoulders. I am a referee so used to some abuse. You will not drag me down by abusing me. By the way Tony, I really liked the comparison with the dog:) That brought a big smile on my face as most of the articles on Untold do.
I know it is unfair to others but I do want to pick out one person who comments on this site. Brickfields Gunners. Please, keep them coming from wherever you are getting it from. It wouldn’t be the first time that it is you that put the first smile back on my face after a painful result. Great job, keep it up.
For me personally Untold has been the place where real supporters want to show their support. We can be down after a bad result. But we always pick ourselves up from the ground, get rid of the dust and march on. Even if we stumble or fall and we all do and Arsenal is just part of this big stumbling and falling down world, we never stop the support for those who really deserve our support.
In a society that now is based on what happened in the last 5 seconds, Untold has always had an eye for the bigger picture. Not the ‘he missed a chance so he is rubbish and always has been’ world that is very much reality in social media these days.
Untold has always has shown great respect for the people who work for our club. Be it as manager or player. We are not always happy about what happens but maybe because we are dedicated to the good cause that Arsenal is, we feel that most of them share this dedication and want to do their best for Arsenal. No player wants to miss that open chance on purpose. So I will not call him rubbish if he does. I will shout for him to do better next time and support him when people call him names.
Untold is going against the tide on most things. It “evens out” and “referees make no mistakes” is the word in the streets… we debunk the myth. “Wenger is rubbish and should go”… we show he isn’t rubbish at all. Players being abused… we support them and urge them to do better next time.
Being part of this has made my life much richer. I honestly wouldn’t know how I would have survived all the barren years without Untold. I think we would have given up on reading anything about Arsenal apart from arsenal.com. I believe this goes for a lot of people on Untold. People who I dare to call friends. And isn’t friendship the last resource we have against the terrible world we sometimes live in?
Untold has set a standard when it comes to supporting our club. There is no other blog that has been doing what we are doing for all those years. More than 8 years of really being supportive. Now more than 6000 articles of getting behind the club and the team.
I think it is fair to say that Untold Arsenal is unique in this. Probably even in the whole world wide sports blog sphere. Proud to be part of this. Onwards to the next milestone.
The Untold Books
The latest Untold book is Arsenal: The Long Sleep 1953-1970 with a Foreword by Bob Wilson, available both as a paperback and as a Kindle book from Amazon. Details of this and our previous and forthcoming titles can be found at Arsenal Books on this site.
- 4 March 1933: Arsenal played their first game with the white sleeved shirts based on an idea by Tom Webster, but lost to Liverpool 0-1. 42,868 were present, bemused perhaps by the fact that in the previous match Arsenal had beaten Blackburn 8-0.
- 4 March 1950: Arsenal 1 Leeds 0. FA Cup round 6, on the way to winning the trophy for only the third time. Lewis scored with 62,573 in the crowd. This was the first season in which Arsenal played every FA Cup match in London.
The insult of the day (for Professional Game Match Fixers)
You common cry of curs! whose breath I hate as reek o’ the rotten fens, whose loves I prize as the dead carcasses of unburied men that do corrupt my air, I banish you. (Coriolanus)