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Arsenal buy a “spitsbroer*”.Walter and Arsenal Belgium reveal the latest transfer drama from behind the scenes

By Walter Broeckx, Untold writer, TV show celebrety, TV series actor, president of Arsenal Belgium

In an article to pass the time of the boring interlul between two seasons Blacksheep told about his own job and how it related to Arsenal.

So I thought it might be a nice thing to tell how I spend my Monday evening by becoming a world famous (in Flanders)  actor in TV series and it is in fact very much related to Arsenal.

As you might have heard before I am the president of the official supporters club in Belgium, which is named… Arsenal Belgium. I know not really an original name…. but most supporters club from other countries are named to the country they come from.

So some 14 days ago I got a mail from a production company that has made a rather popular TV series in Belgium about two brothers who dream of becoming professional football players and for one of them the dream becomes real. A fictive story but one of our top clubs in Belgium RC Genk is named in it and helps the production house by allowing them to film in their stadium. The 26.000 Crystal Arena, sorry just renamed yesterday in Luminus Arena was the place where the action happened.

So they asked us in a mail if we could give them a helping hand. And kind person I usually am I phoned them and asked them what the helping hand should do. I got a friendly person on the line and they explained that the top actor/footballer from the first series had been transferred to Arsenal (talking about a real real real scoop there for you all- he was the top striker in the first series… so forget Vardy…).

And so they needed Arsenal supporters to play…. Arsenal supporters. They have their own figurants of course but they wanted to make it as realistic as possible. And to do this they asked if we could come over with as many members from our supporters club and join their local figurants and teach them how to support the Arsenal in a proper way.

A quick question round further revealed that we had at least 15 members who found this a great moment to get our club in the picture and to have a look behind the scenes to find out how they work when they make a movie or TV series.

We all had to bring as many shirts with us as possible to dress up the other figurants for the Arsenal scene.

Well I must say I have learned a few things about being an actor and figurant. First thing I learned is : patience. The second thing I learned is…. more patience. At some points it looked as if the only thing we had to do was just sit in the stadium and wait. But of course at a moment like that all kinds of people are preparing the scene. A scene that will only take about 20-25 seconds I think in the TV series but it took more than 1.5 hours to film it.

First we were put in place. The Arsenal Belgium members were spread out in the stand. And then they filled up the open spaces with other figurants. Some in own Arsenal shirts (yeah!!!) and others just wearing something red. So we had a real red section in the end.

People were moved around. You go sit there and you take his place. Meanwhile a big camera with a long arm that can move over the head of crowds was put in front of us. It moved forward and backward over our heads to see if the angle was correct to film us.

And after waiting half an hour before everyone was in their place we started rehearsing. The main actor sneaked in behind our backs as the player we bought was having a hard time and didn’t play and didn’t even make the bench or beach anymore and was biting his lips in the stands while a new sensation Helder De Sousa, a 17 year old from our own youth academy, scored goal after goal and kept our new purchase on the bench. I said it was fiction but wouldn’t mind such fiction to be honest.

So what we had to do was to imagine Arsenal scoring the winning goal, scored by De Sousa of course to make matter worse for our new player, and then celebrate that goal in the way we …celebrate goals at the Emirates.

Instructions were given after each rehearsal:  more hugging of each other, no looking at the camera, more noise, give us an Arsenal yell to lift the atmosphere even more. The ooh to be Gooner was the easiest to teach to the rest so we took that one as an extra.   I lost count in the end  but we celebrated some 8 or 9 Arsenal goals both in the rehearsal and in the official takes.

We jumped around in a wild way and to my big surprise after 3 times it felt as if we really scored those goals! That was rather strange but I imagined the Leicester winning goal from Danny and just let myself go. As did the others. A few of our members were right in line with the camera that zoomed in to the real actor and his WAG in the stands. I think I was pretty close to the camera also so might come nice in the picture.

So the good news is Arsenal bought a striker we don’t really need as one of our academy players will take his place and we celebrated lots of goals.  Some things might be fiction next season, some not.

It was all fun but I must say celebrating goal after goal and shouting from the top of our voice, jumping around like mad men for half a minute each time is very tiring and as the temperature was above 25°C at 9.00 pm we all sweated like pigs in a hot truck.

So figurants have my respect as they gave their all. And for us Arsenal Belgium members the work stopped after the Arsenal scene “played in the Emirates” but the rest of the people continued to take scene after scene till 5.00 am the next morning!

But it was a fun thing to do, Arsenal Belgium got in the picture in the Flemish media once again and we celebrated an Arsenal win.

So all we have to do now is wait till the new TV series Spitsbroers II starts somewhere in January. I will be watching and so will our members. I’m afraid you however will never get to see it so to give you a small idea I included a picture of the AB members who participated in this shooting.

Spitsbroer figuranten AB

* spitsbroer is putting together two Dutch words: spits= striker and broer=brother. Striker brothers would be the Englis translation.

26 comments to Arsenal buy a “spitsbroer*”.Walter and Arsenal Belgium reveal the latest transfer drama from behind the scenes

  • Hisham

    That is a really nice story Walter. Thanks for sharing that with us in this unGodly (football) days.

    I’ve been involved in film productions before and can appreciate the goings on (or not) in this business.

    Hopefully that fictitious story do come through for one of our Youth players one of these days!

  • Mick

    Your television career seems to be taking off in a big way.
    Holywood beckons.
    I understand they are looking for a new James Bond, any chance you could be a possible choice for the role.

  • Mick

    Walter, I can just picture you in a steamy love scene with Angelina Jolie!!

  • WalterBroeckx

    Mick as long as she is wearing the correct shirt… 🙂 😉 Or no sh….. beeeeeeep

  • Mick

    Careful Walter, Mrs Broeckx may be watching you!

  • Gord

    Nice article Walter.

    I seen some other important Arsenal News (5 hours ago it was published). Piebury Corner was broken into. Apparently some flooding is involved, so maybe they broke a water pipe? Or maybe it is all just a fabrication of a sports writer? I just read the headline.

    Ah, found a real newspaper account.

    The story is apparently a week old, why it ends up in the news today? Oh right, the Evening Standard writer (it was ES that published this 5 hours ago), only today sobered up enough to write on his laptop keyboard. He was too busy celebrating Tottenham finishing in second place (above Arsenal).

    Breaking in to steal valuables is par for thieves, but to do so much damage, they must hate Arsenal.

  • Nice one Walter. Lovely picture too. The shirts look good on you guys!

    Easy there, Mick and Walter. Not good to upset Brad Pitt.

  • Polo

    Great article and photo Walter.

  • blacksheep

    Hey Water, media star Tony and I will have to walk a few paces behind you next season 🙂

    But great story and great picture (where are you though – off with the WAG? I think we should be told)

  • Gideone

    Good one Walter.

    I hope you were vigilant enough to prevent AAA elements sneak into the series :). They may not know it’s just make-believe ;).

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Nice job , Walter . Hope your acting career picks up after the first show !

  • WalterBroeckx

    People who want to book me can call my agent 🙂 LOL

  • Lovely to read, real Gooners showing how it’s done.😀

  • Pat

    What a nice article! And photo. I’m sorry we can’t see the programme. It sounds like fun.

  • Menace

    Nice one Walter. Mrs Broeckx only has to add ‘wife of’ to end up with a bigger list of honours!!! 😉

  • omgarsenal

    When is the full-length, academy award winning feature film called ¨La vie de Walter¨ (Walter’s life)coming out?

  • Brickfields Gunners


    [ ] Single
    [ ] Married
    [ ] In a relationship
    [ ] Divorced
    [/] Unable to find love because , in addition to being a slightly psychopathic alcoholic who swears too much , eats too much and isn’t particularly interesting or talented , my standards have been set unrealistically high after years of mentally dating celebrities and/of fictional characters .

  • WalterBroeckx

    A little update about my wife as she is mentioned a few times in the comments and for those who have asked and informed about her health in the past.
    Those who know her, can see her in the picture to the left. First remark that after the picture was taken she realised that she had already taken off her Arsenal shirt and put it in the bag with the others. So she is the only one with no Arsenal shirt on at that moment.
    The fact that she is using her crutches however is telling a big story. One year ago my wife wouldn’t have been able to walk from the parking, walk in the stadium, perform madness like we did, and still stand on her legs…. it would have been impossible and unthinkable. She would have had to use her wheelchair from start to finish. So very, very, very slowly she seems to be improving. Step by step… but the doctor said she would need another year before the cure is finished and we would be able to see how far they have taken her.
    But the way she is standing on her own feet, just slightly leaning on her crutches is something that I could have never imagined one year ago.
    And life is not perfect yet (is it ever ? 😉 ) but at least she is able to enjoy life again and do things that looked impossible just one year ago.

  • Pat

    Fantastic news, Walter! Very best wishes to her.

  • Mick

    That is really encouraging news Walter. Best wishes to Mrs Broeckx and may the progress be maintained.

  • nicky

    Worries over Yarder signing, other potential newcomers, who we will meet in the CL, the quality of the coffee at the Ems….all these pale into insignificance at the news about the health of the wife of one of our major editors.
    The fact that it is good news is a welcome bonus.
    We all wish the delightful Madame B the best of progress over the coming year and the eventual abandonment of those wretched crutches.

  • Rantetta

    This is a fabulous story, Walter, but I’m even more pleased at the real-life progress being made by Mrs B.


  • Gf60

    Lovely news Walter both from the screen stardom story and the improvement in your better half’s health.

    Will you be able to get an extract for Youtube? Could be fun.

  • BGoonr

    the story is great knowing he kinda snubbed spuds to join the gunners 😀

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Great news Walter , hope she continues to make further progress . Best wishes.

  • Damilare

    Interesting article. Yes, the fiction may be telling some untold stories next season. And congrats on Mrs B progress. I wish her full recovery.