23 responses

  1. WalterBroeckx

    Thanks Kenneth for this amazingly article.
    If I would be a scout for a football team and saw this I would phone Wenger and would say: spend the f*cking money and get him on board. 😉

    Lucky the L didn’t drop off this time 🙂 (inside joke)

  2. Rantetta

    Kenneth Widmerpool,

    Thanks for this magnificent article.

    I get it!

  3. Greencardusa

    What we are witnessing in the decrepit humanity streaking across this sphere appears to be the consequence of two things; the difference between information and understanding, and its implication for knowledge and wisdom. Moreover, almost all our social lives are concerned with objectives external to ourselves and no matter how heinous an act there is a personal sense of ‘that is not me’. On the other hand, to make our inner selves the object of our energies, would take us down the path of self improvement for all the days of our lives. More than any other time there is a need to emancipate ourselves and not let the claims of a false ‘freedom’ external to ourselves blind us to our condition.

  4. Pete

    Thanks Kenneth. All a bit too reasonable and rational for the naysayers I suspect – but good effort.

    I’m guessing – from the Julian James reference -n that you played for Tring Tornadoes? Regular opponents of my son’s team – fortunately he is not in the same year group as Graham Poll’s son!

  5. Kenneth Widmerpool

    Pete,I did indeed for many years, Grahams wife was at school too,and my nephew still plays for Tornadoes and my brother manages his side, who does your son play for?
    Thanks Walter, sometimes I think the L has dropped off permanently!Tell Wenger Im available as of now…
    Thanks Rantetta,glad you liked it.

  6. AB

    So start by being nice to Old Groover then he’s a regular who you love to gang up on, poor old sod !

  7. nicky

    GREED is the name of the game.
    Too often we are now seeing agreement between clubs, only to discover the wage demands of the player (and leech of an agent, no doubt), to be beyond the limits of the prospective buyer and a certain source of disruption in the dressing room.
    Not so long ago, Rooney conned his employer into a massive wage increase merely by threatening to transfer his meagre talents elsewhere.
    Wages and fees simply cannot continue to rise at such an obscene level. And “the proverbial worm will soon be turning” if ticket prices continue to rise at the same rate.
    Some form of fee and wage capping would appear inevitable….sooner rather than later,FIFA.

  8. AL

    Interesting read Kenneth! I certainly agree with the view that some of the AAA are sadistic; otherwise how can we explain their absence when the team is doing well.

  9. colario

    All fans have an opinion about any or every spect of the game.

    Time was when there was only 3 basic places you could express your opinion.
    At the game itself ‘The ref’s blind’ etc

    In the pub after the game.

    At home where if your team lost she indoors got a thrashing if your team won you got drunk.

    If you listen to a phone in programme after the game on Saturday or Sunday most calls go along simplicity of ‘We won and we have great manager.’ We lost the amnager must go’.

    This occasional more reasoned opinion given but that is a rarity.

    My point is football fans have not changed the way they form and express their opinions what is different the seemingly unending channels of communication there is where their opinion can be expressed.

    The internet is a major new channel of course.

    Because we have available to us better means of communication doesn’t mean fans are better informed than before or that they think through their opinion before sharing it or be willing to learn from others or be corrected.

    Technology may have changed but people haven’t.

    The English ( I am English) have an attitude that if its not English it must be rubbish. So quite naturally when Arsene arrived at Highbury the English media helped by manure’s ex red nose cried ‘Arsene who? and ‘What does a Frenchman know about English football?’

    However Red nose knew of Arsene’s success in Europe and so did anyone who took an interest in football in Europe. So when Arsene arrived at Highbury there were those that believed that Arsenal were on to a winner. Their opinion was based on ojectivity not subjectivty. Their opinion was based on Arsene’s record in football not on the place of birth in his passport.

    Arsene has been on the receiving end of some disgusting behaviour from the media and so callled Arsenal fans and has not responded in kind.

    Arsene has never once said a bad word about his players and has defended them against all comers.

    Arsene has made mistakes in some of his transfers either buying or selling, but nothing like other managers. I am sure he has made mistakes that we don’t know about. Let any one who has never made a mistake and never will make a mistake be the one to throw a stone.

    We have a great manager whose only crime is, he is a great manager.

  10. Mandy Dodd

    Brilliant article, and so well written. The AAA …who knows what drives some of them. Sadists, masochists…….some just, seem a bit thick, others consumed by the unexplained anger afflicting so many for no apparent reason in this day and age
    This me me me I want it all and now will if left unchecked kill the game, The likes of Wenger try to keep things in check, but even he may be fighting a losing battle for the soul of the game, a soul Mike Phelan claims lost a bit of when it sold Danny W
    Julian James…..saw him a few times for Luton…..good player

  11. Brickfields Gunners

    @ Kenneth , having had already posted on the original tread of this article , I’ll refrain from trying to justify ( or understand )what drives those morons ( whom I’ll mentioned by name )who have the gall and propensity to come on a pro AW site and insult the faithful.
    Oh what the hell – fuck you , you AAAA scum .
    That felt good !
    As for those glorious and noble AKBs , here’s an enlightening article for your perusal called, Walk the Straight and Narrow Path .

  12. bjtgooner

    Kenneth, a thoughtful and well constructed article. I have empathy with a lot of what you say.

    Re part of the AAAAs – they are not random fans venting because of real or imaginary grievances, rather they are part of a deliberate campaign designed to undermine the present board and manager.

    @Brickfields – nice link!

  13. Pete

    Kenneth – Harpenden Colts (U13s)…

  14. Bootoomee


    Your comment is lacks context and is grossly unfair.

    Why is oldgroover, as a regular, being ganged up on by other regulars? How come no other regular suffers his fate? It is easy to accuse people of indiscretions but the accuser needs to be above board by getting their facts right.

  15. Brickfields Gunners

    ” WHY ME ?”

    Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player was dying of AIDS which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery in 1983.
    From world over, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed: “Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease”?

    To this Arthur Ashe replied: “The world over — 50 million children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis, 500,000 learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, 2 to the finals, when I was holding a cup I never asked GOD ‘Why me ?’.
    And today in pain I should not be asking GOD ‘Why me ?’ ”

    “Happiness keeps you Sweet,
    Trials keep you Strong,
    Sorrow keeps you Human,
    Failure keeps you humble and Success keeps you glowing, but only Faith & Attitude Keeps you going…

  16. Brickfields Gunners

    And for all those ‘smarty pants’ out there ,try this quiz and really see how smart you are .

    Interesting Subject: IQ test

    Strain your brain to get rid of Alzheimer. Just for fun.

    Don’t feel bad as long as you are rated in the top 50%

    of the population. Congratulation if you scored more than 100.

    I think the maximum is 130+.


    Me ? Aw shucks ….! In their own words …

    Well done!
    You are certainly gifted and in the top 5%
    Your IQ is:
    Go out, share with friends and let the world know how smart you are!

  17. Brickfields Gunners

    A young Canadian paratrooper was taking some college courses between assignments.

    He had completed 3 tours of duty in Afghanistan. One of the courses had a professor who was an avowed atheist and a member of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA).

    One day the professor shocked the class when he came in. He looked to the ceiling and flatly stated, “GOD, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform … I’ll give you exactly 15 min.” The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop. Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, “Here I am GOD, I’m still waiting.”

    It got down to the last couple of minutes when the soldier got out of his chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him; knocking him clean off the platform. The professor was out cold. The young soldier went back to his seat and sat there, silently.

    The other students were shocked and stunned, and sat there looking on in silence. The professor eventually came to, noticeably shaken, looked at the soldier and asked, “What in the world is the matter with you? Why did you do that?”

    The young soldier stood up and calmly replied, “GOD was too busy today protecting soldiers, who are protecting your right to speak such stupidity and act like an idiot. So He sent me.”
    The classroom erupted in cheers!

    ( That , ladies and gentlemen also explains why we AKBs oftentimes sock it to them cretins who don’t believe in the Lord Wenger , and who come on to this haloed site and try to belittle him !)

  18. Anon (on this occasion)

    If it’s any help Brickfield a score of 132 puts you in the top 2% 🙂

    Great article Kenneth. My own personal believe is that we have a generation (or more) who have (a) been able to have everything NOW because of the increased availability of credit and/or (b) who play computer games which allow you to win because they want you to play more or the game allows you to start again if doing badly, so you can win. So success is instant and one can pretend defeat doesn’t happen. Quite sad really; people are beginning to believe they have a right to instant gratification…….god they’d have struggled with the Arsenal of the 60’s that I grew up with.

  19. Kenneth Widmerpool

    Thanks for participating and commenting to Greendcardusa,(and for the words on the thread re Wenger and why the AAA dislike him)nicky,AL,Rantetta,the notorious AAA hunter Brickfields,Mandy,Walter,Pete(my bros team are U12s,so different leagues)btjgooner(troll hunter par excellence)Colario,and big thanks to Boo for the solidarity.
    Cheers guys!
    COYG! Aha and Amen!

  20. Kenneth Widmerpool

    ps Cheers- Anon (on this occasion)!

  21. finsbury


    AB, in it’s own words, fits neatly under item A as described by Kenneth above. The dark tetrad exposing itself!


  22. Brickfields Gunners

    @ Anon (on this occasion) – September 4, 2014 at 1:42 pm – That’s a great score , well done. A few minutes after sending this to my contacts , my son sent this to me , the smarty pants !
    Well done!
    You are in the top 2% of everyone
    Your IQ is: 132

    @ Kenneth Widmerpool -September 4, 2014 at 5:07 pm – “…the notorious AAA hunter Brickfields , “- thanks , but you missed out on another A – and I am giving them credit for their four star ( or 4 AAAA rating) clown behavior – and really , I’m being very kind !

  23. Bootoomee


    I see that again it was just abuse without any context or effort to address points that he/she disagreed with.

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