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THE BRICKFIELDS GUNNERS BLOG, presents rules for “them” on Untold Arsenal





“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”   ― Nicolas Chamfort

After posting this link  about  THE RULES FOR ALWAYS BEING A GENTLEMAN – on the comments section  of  Don’s fine article, ‘The Illusion of change,’  it struck me that there is no real guidelines  of good behaviour especially for ‘them’ at all, other than Tony’s, who many may not have bothered to read.  So here is my  not so humble advice to all of ‘them’ that come here .

Of late there have been many visitors to this site that are unhappy with the club, the manager and the team in general. Not all are wrong, as in the manner the season has unfolded. But there are many who come here and abuse others who don’t agree with their assessment  of what ails the club. And most don’t give any answers  or suggestions , but rather just hit out and fling the shit around .

“Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.”  ― John Steinbeck.

Well , here I outline certain rules that should make this site enjoyable to the majority if these rules are followed  to the letter by ‘them’ .

  1. Read all articles in their totality and without any feelings of bias or hatred, either  towards the website itself itself or the author .

After all how can the 7 million readers or so per year  visiting  this blog influence the running of the club, the manager ,  the team  or other fans?  Try also not to crucify or pre-judge the article on the basis of  dislike of the author, before truly digesting and understanding  its meaning.

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”   ― Albert Einstein

  1. Try to understand the article to the fullest and to best of your limited  intellectual ability

Do take the time and trouble to appreciate the hard work and passion  that the author put  in his research and his presentation . Especially if it was done while  at work , or in his spare time , and mostly because  he is not getting paid for it !

   “It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!” ― Friedrich Nietzsche.

  1. Ask a grown up , an elder or family member  if certain social, political, historical or literary references are not readily known to you.

Learning  about these may be held of good stead to you in later life .  Or Google   it , if they too are  flummoxed , confused , bewildered ,  perplexed  and as   illiterate as you . After all as the old saying goes,    “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree .” Some never ripen at all!

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”  ― Fran Lebowitz

  1. Ponder long and deeply upon the salient points that the author is making.

If some  words are not familiar to you, do use a good dictionary, as to not misunderstand  its intended meaning or usage.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”  ― Maya Angelou.

  1. If you agree with the article/authors do express your appreciation legibly.

Avoid  at all time using the ‘Caps Lock ‘ when posting ,  for  it  may either seem that you are really  angry or may be erroneously  interpreted by like minded others that you  have something  really profound to say.

“If you’re too open-minded; your brains will fall out.”   ― Lawrence Ferlinghetti

  1. Press the LIKE button  to show your appreciation and agreement  for the contents of the article or  for author’s efforts .

Especially,  if not wanting to post a comment, or unable  to comment coherently.

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”  ― E.L. Doctorow

  1. If you disagree with the contents  and the author  , do press   DISLIKE  button once. ONCE  !

Then clearly state the nature  or point  of your disagreement and  argue your case , quoting only indisputable and established facts and figures. Avoid quoting opinions of  prats, ostriches, ex-players , so called experts and commentators . Also please don’t write in to say how minutes of your lifetime you wasted reading the article .

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”   ― Socrates

  1. Avoid  at all cost vulgarity, curses , crude language , racial slurs  , any and all parental references and  consanguineous inferences .

In their place ,  use humourous and lighthearted language . Or funny Emoticons or GIFs .

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.”    ― Jim Henson.

  1. Avoid all the standard  silly slogans.”  Arsene out ! ” ;  “AW doesn’t do tactics !” ;  “Stan is taking money out of the club,” and  other false statements  like that there is  200 million pounds war chest just begging to be spent or that Stan just doesn’t care.  

Really?  So he should put in  more millions, so that a few  ungrateful fans will be happy?

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”

Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

  1. Avoid outright lying or making up ‘facts’, bending  or falsifying the truth just to bolster your arguments .

Truth has a  funny way of coming back and biting you in the arse .  It is  but a hollow victory  if you think that  you have won , trust me . And the so called victory is  all in your mind  anyway .  And brown nosing is a  real stinky affair !

 “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”   ― Mark Twain

  1. Try not to speak for the majority (silent or otherwise .)  , or pretend to  represent them  without their informed  and signed consent .

Statements like ,   “Every  Arsenal fan wants …..” ; ” Everybody knows .. “,;  “All the experts are of the same opinion that …”, etc are considered and  rendered meaningless, unless you  can provide  the source  of your irrefutable proof and evidence .

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”  ― Winston S. Churchill

  1. You do clearly understand that this IS a pro Arsene Wenger and pro Arsenal site .

And probably the last one.  And inhabited  and celebrated with positivity by the hardcore AKBs . Who are on here to mingle with and exchange ideas and hopes with like minded supporters.  Who feel unreservedly welcome on here , without  any of the stupidity and foolishness exhibited on other site. Your presence here will in no way change my position , as I do believe , and also that of the other regulars. Why are YOU here ?

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”   ― Martin Luther King Jr.,

  1. Don’t come on here to complain about the site,  the articles or  about the authors ‘s attitude, presentation  and tone .

What we write is what we believe . If you feel that it is condescending , patronising  or haughty , then that is your own perception (or the inherent  lack thereof) or   most probably  it’s a display of your own feelings of inadequacy  and inferiority. Think about that .and ask yourself   “Why does this site bother me so ?” .

” No one can make you feel inferior without your own consent .” – Eleanor Roosevelt  

My advice for ‘them’ is to avoid this site like the plague and go on frolic and enjoy yourselves on elsewhere and leave us ‘deluded ‘ones to wallow in our own little sty.  Let us  all each enjoy ourselves  in our own way and fashion .

Do show you class by leaving graciously. Please don’t slam the door  behind you on you way out – you see,  it’s a revolving one !

Goodbye .

Brickfields Gunners .

Recent Posts and notes

Today we honour Joe Shaw who was born on this day in 1883.  He became one of the most important men in the history of Arsenal spending virtually all his working life with Arsenal playing 309 times for the club, being club captain, and being reserve team manager.  He is also known for being the man who took over from Herbert Chapman as manager who Chapman died, and led Arsenal to its second successive championship.   Joe was thus part of the dynasty of Arsenal, joining the club as a player before Henry Norris took over in 1910, and continuing to work with the club through the Chapman, Allison and Whittaker eras.   He died in 1963 at the age of 80, the greatest long term servant the club has ever had.



37 comments to THE BRICKFIELDS GUNNERS BLOG, presents rules for “them” on Untold Arsenal

  • Philbet

    Loved it, BRICKFIELDS your the man!!!!

  • Leon

    Quite funny article
    Re. point 8 …..Just love the insults on this blog, they’re so generic.
    Where else would you see “you’re aaa” or “why don’t you go onto Le Grove”?
    Seriously comical stuff.

  • Andrew Crawshaw


    Well said, good points and amusingly put.

  • d.dixon

    Judge me at the end of the season
    A wenger

    Dave Dixon

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Thanks guys . Courtesy may cost nothing , but swatting ‘them’ is always amusing !

    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
    ― Bernard M. Baruch

  • Brickfields Gunners

    And thank you , Tony , for linking the authors of the quotation to the goodreads .com site for the readers to further expand their minds . If they so wish .
    Or did I inadvertently do that ?

  • GoonerDave

    Possibly the most stupid and pointless article I’ve read in 2016 and that’s saying something. You are happy to divide the fan base because you believe you are right. A divided fan base wins nothing, so I think its safe to assume that being right is more important to you than Arsenal having the best chance to win things.
    And that says a lot more about the author than it does about the fans you’re so desperate to categorise.
    Stupidity on a ridiculous level.

  • Polo

    Thank you for the article BG. Agree with all the points.

    Visitors who come here need to remember this website motto: ‘Supporting the club, the players and the manager.’

    If the below can be achieved, then there is hope for humanity.

    ‘Avoid all the standard silly slogans.” Arsene out ! ” ; “AW doesn’t do tactics !” ; “Stan is taking money out of the club,” and other false statements like that there is 200 million pounds war chest just begging to be spent or that Stan just doesn’t care.’

  • Kenneth Widmerpool

    Top post Bricks! Some great quotes.Not sure if Socrates found the “nothing” he was talking about? What did “nothing” look like? And did it become “something” once it was discovered? And if its “nothing” how can we know it? Thanks again, I personally always enjoy your humour!
    Good to read about Joe Shaw too.
    Big game tomorrow,sure hope we’re up for it.

  • “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom” William Blake.

  • Leon

    And point 9.
    How about getting rid of:
    1) “Calendar year champions”. Whoever first came up with this risible rubbish should be relegated to writing Adrian Durham’s bylines.
    2) “They don’t like it up ‘em”. Blame Sam Allardyce for this, but it’s caught on and is used as justification to kick our most skilled & talented players.
    3) “Fourth place champions”. We need to retire that one permanently.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    When answering one of ‘them’ , always do it with class and style . Like so …

    ‘I used to think that you were a big pain in the neck. Now I have a much lower opinion of you.’

  • Alex

    I love this site. An air of sanity in the crazy desert of Arsenal blogs. I find it incredible so many so called fans live in Matrix created by media and get so brain-washed they start to dislike what they are supposed to love. Keep up the great work you are doing guys!

  • Brickfields Gunners

    @ Kenneth Widmerpool – May 7, 2016 at 10:51 am – Thanks . And am sure that has Socrates found all the answers that you are looking for !

    Am hoping we win tomorrow , and then ….who knows ? But it would be a real shame if St.Totteringham’s Day is cancelled !

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Sound familiar ?

    A duck walks into a bar……”Got any bread?”
    ”No .”
    ”Got any bread?”
    ”Got any bread!.
    ”Got any bread?”
    ”No!! And if you ask any more I will nail your beak to the bar !”
    ” Got any nails?”
    ” Got any bread ?”

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Some more fine comebacks –

    Don’t you realize that there are enough people to hate in the world already without your working so hard to give us another?

    Don’t get insulted, but is your job devoted to spreading ignorance?

    Doesn’t know the meaning of the word fear, but then again he doesn’t know the meaning of most words.

    Anyone who told you to be yourself couldn’t have given you worse advice.

    Make somebody happy. Mind your own business.

    He is always lost in thought — it’s unfamiliar territory.

    You’re the best at all you do – and all you do is make people hate you.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    A wealthy couple had planned to go out for the evening. The woman of the house decided to give their butler, Jeeves, the rest of the night off. She said they would be home very late, and that he should just enjoy his evening.

    As it turned out, however, the wife wasn’t having a good time at the party, so she came home early, alone. Her husband had to stay there, as several of his important clients were there.

    As the woman walked into her house, she saw Jeeves sitting by himself in the dining room. She called for him to follow her, and led him into the master bedroom. She looked at him and smiled.

    “Jeeves,” she said. “Take off my dress. ”

    He did this carefully.

    “Jeeves,” she continued. “Take off my stockings and garter.”

    He silently obeyed her.

    “Jeeves,” she then said. “Remove my bra and panties. ”

    As he did this, the tension continued to mount.

    She then said, “Jeeves, if I ever catch you wearing my clothes again, you’re fired!”

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Would love it if there were more signs on here to guide ‘them’ around and out of this site ! Something along these lines ….

  • para

    But Brickie(not an insult i hope) AW really doesn’t do tactics, at least not when he’s giving the responsibility to the players. 🙂

  • D.Dixon

    I do not get annoyed with the Brickfield blogger
    He reminds me of a poetic David Cameron,or some sort of right wing meddler?
    Believes he is right and needs to jest and be backed up by his buddies otherwise he will change his mind.
    Surely people have the rights to opinions and views and does it make you stupid if your view differs?
    Hopefully we will always live in a free and democratic society in Britain but surely differing views does not always mean others are stupid.
    As I say I love my club but believe change is needed to move forward.
    Quite like this blog as well but thankfully I will stand up for my opinions.

    keep quoting my man i’m sure you buddies will
    happily laugh along with you.
    However,if change occurs don’t be surprised if they jump ship.
    Dave Dixon

  • goonerwin

    I love Arsenal and Wenger but articles like this are stupid and divide fans! I love reading Untold yet I cringe overtime Brickfields is allowed to put up a post, you are no better than the AAA with this post

  • ARSENAL 13

    Some of you guys really need a little laugh.

  • WalterBroeckx

    What can’t be said in a funny way, isn’t the truth is an idiom in Dutch. That is what Brickfields is doing: saying it in a funny way.

    And I don’t think Untold made or invented the division between the fans. It is them who shout for sacking manager, board, all… is who are dividing he club.

  • Florian

    Brickfiekds, I beg to disagree.

    “Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.” (published in the British Journal of Psychology)

    But, more importantly:

    “Don’t kick a man unless he’s down.” (Anonymous)
    Something that both the press and the yobswobs seem to do every time they post something (which by definition is negative since they have demonstrated time and again that the notion of positive thinking is foreign to their brains).

  • Brickfields Gunners

    @ Florian May 7, 2016 at 3:13 pm – Point noted .
    But most of these morons don’t seem to be inebriated , or at least of the legal age to drink ! May be wrong though – internet intelligence is quite difficult to be determine .Especially with all the cutting and pasting !

    They could just be drunk in the very mistaken knowledge ( am using the term very loosely !) of their importance to the club and of the profound wisdom that they think that are imparting to us all .

    Hormonal ? Now that theory I would subscribe to ! You must heard of that study that showed that after drinking a certain number of beers , men started to behave like women. Had to sit down to pee ; cried for no proper reason , were unable to drive , were incoherent ..etc !

    Or their acne medication ! Or their teeth braces ?

  • bjtgooner

    Well done Brickfields, good article & also you have reminded me of a true story: –

    In a workplace in a galaxy not far away the boss (named Joe) had a favourite phrase, vocalised whenever someone made a major mistake, it went: –

    “I’m going to kick his ass into orbit!!!”

    After quite a few years he retired and was replaced by John – much more of a gentleman. Not long afterwards someone made a complete mess of some relatively easy work – “well” said Chris to John “are you going to kick his ass into orbit?”

    “No” said John, “but I will have a discussion with him about astronomy!”

    (Names changed to protect the guilty)

  • Menace

    Dave Dixon – jump ship? I hope you can swim because you seem to be drowning in your own sea. Must be all that change weighing you down 😉

  • Great article Brickfields

    And yet they still come,
    Great compliment to the writers on Untold.

  • omgarsenal

    Gooner Dave…………while you’re blaming BG for everything from Arsenal’s failure to win the title, to our ¨divided¨ fan-base, and maybe the Titanic’s fate, here are a few things to ponder:

    1) Your classic accusations are so frivolous and far-fetched because you represent every simplistic and desolate fanboy who has ever written an irrational and condescending post.

    2) Dividing the fans? That implies that there are equal numbers of pro-Wenger and anti-Wenger gooners being influenced by BG. I guess you missed the 50,000+ supporters singing Wenger’s praises at the ems last weekend and the 500 or so embarassingly obvious losers holding up anti-Wenger signs?

    3) If you make such baseless accusations (which are just personal opinions) you had better support them with logical and factual arguments…which you failed miserably to do! Better luck next time……

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Thanks guys for all those messages of support , appreciation and especially the humour . And thanks also to ‘them’ for the many intended/unintended laughs that they daily give us . We will probably miss ‘them’ when they are forever gone!

    ” The secret to living well and longer is to eat half , walk double , laugh triple and love without measure .” -A Tibetan Proverb.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    A very Happy Mother’s Day wishes to all you great ladies out there . You truly rock !
    This one is from Thailand .

  • para

    The principles of polarity.

    Everything Is Dual. Everything Has Poles. Everything Has Its Pair Of Opposites. Like And Unlike Are The Same. Opposites Are Identical In Nature, but Different In Degree. Extremes Meet. All Truths Are But Half-Truths. All Paradoxes May Be Reconciled. ​Everything is and isn’t – at the same time. Everything is on a continuum and has an opposite.​ ​Movement, creation and comprehension are generated between two opposites.​

    from the Kybalion.

  • Hi Berry

    So let me get this straight….you can only post nice things on here about Arsenal, Wenger and the club in general because this site ‘supports the club, the players and the manager’. Doesn’t that rather make this a closed shop in which any criticism is not tolerated?

    What a load of tosh this article is – embarrassing to read and pathetic in its attempt to give it any kind of gravitas with ‘psycho-babble’ quotes – although I think he missed out Wittgenstein – obviously not on the same page of the ‘meaningful and enigmatic things to say to impress others’ book all the others were lifted from.

    Careful D Dixon…I used the democracy word a while ago and was taken to task by non other than Tony Attwood himself.

    Interesting to see that this article (if one can call it that) is a direct response to the increasing number of posts I see being made on this site by those for whom change at the club has become a necessity; an attempt to stem the flow with a ‘hands off’ warning or a ‘it’s my ball and you can’t play with it’ attitude.

    Her’s another quote – ‘The tide is turning’ – Roger Waters

  • If you have read the comments section on this site then you would not have to ask again and again about posting. It will tell you all you need to know.

  • Top Guns

    I am an Arsenal supporter and an Arsene Wenger supporter. However I can also see the viewpoint that this season has been somewhat underwhelming despite the fact we could well finish 3rd and even as high as 2nd. It therefore can hardly be considered a failure! Something those supporters referred to as “them” on here seem unable to recognise!

    I admit though that I have been slightly disappointed in Arsene Wenger this season as he maybe could have addressed the striker issue last summer. But this is mild criticism and overall I back the manager. I think this feeling was the predominant mood at the Emirates last Saturday. Yes things could have gone a bit better this season but the general consensus is still to get behind the manager, the singing of there’s only one Arsene Wenger testimony to this!

    So whilst I agree that those who lash out and say Wenger must go! take a rather simplistic view I would hope that this blog remains democratic enough to sometimes ask questions rather than just pursue blind loyalty.

  • Rich

    Like that first quote from Steinbeck. Pretty much agree with it, but think it’s actually a hell of a sad one, unless you can be content with knowing all you can do is your own bit.

    Not convinced myself the insult route is the right one.

    I’ve never actually succeeded in getting the type of answer I want (probably because it’s unrealistic to hope for someone to go ‘bloody hell…you’re right, and I’m wrong…sheez, all it took was some words) when asking directly for explanations ,from those who seem to hate the site’s views, about what the appeal is of the site, but without fail it gets further than insults do.

    Normally the person I’m calmly talking to ends up with essentially the same views they began with yet less anger. That might be a small small achievement or none at all, but I get the distinct impression that immediately afterwards there’d be less venom and certainty in anything they say about the club, manager, us, etc. Sometimes there’s a hint that if the conversation went on long enough this could be reduced more and more, but I never try push it on that.

    Maybe I never fully escaped my year in the faults department of a call centre a decade ago. I found out the best way to get through the days was to pull off a cheeky manoeuvre which allowed you to sound calm, interested, human and all the rest which gives you the best chance with an angry or unhappy person, while keeping your ego and whatnot totally out of the picture.

    The real trick was setting yourself up to enjoy whatever the next call threw at you, worse the better, as a challenge which was ultimately meaningless but where you’d still do your best. Any time you had a particularly tough one, but it didn’t touch you at all : success.

    Worked pretty well unless I was hungover or had some other shit going on which stopped me before I started. Woe betide the person there who let it build up, felt sorry for themselves or focused on the fact the unhappy people would just keep on coming.

    Bit alarming yesterday to see Tony pen an article which echoed the conviction I often have that discussion is pointless, so maybe it’s time to try something different for a week here : embrace the challenge of keeping calm at all times and taking nothing to heart with difficult customers, or don’t engage at all (easier here than in a call centre, where you don’t want to accidentally press ‘call end’ too often)

    It would guarantee a different week than normal and might even throw up some laughs.

  • Pete

    Brickfields – ha!