By Walter Broeckx
I just got a message from Tony that he is sick in bed and asking me to publish an article on Untold. As you will have noticed our morning article didn’t come as usual. Because Tony being sick of course.
So I stopped what I was doing, send him first of all a get better soon message of course, and then came to Untold and looked behind the scenes. A rather unhappy English Barcelona supporter telling us how he felt about us. As if it was Untold who asked Fifa to punish Barcelona and as if it was Untold that is running CAS. We are only the messenger my dear Barcelona supporter. If you want to be angry aim your venom and insults to Fifa, CAS and…. to Barcelona. Because it is them that broke the laws. Not Untold.
But this was a good example on how people sometimes take on the one that reports and not the ones that do. A bit like our referee articles one could say. They attack Untold because we report on the matter. Even reporting about it should be forbidden by some. And even mentioning a referee in a match report is stepping over the line for some.
But with the calendar telling me it is the last day of the year and on such occasions one tends to look back a bit at the last year and from tomorrow on we will start wishing the best things to each other. And with Tony being sick it shows once again that the most important matter for any human being is being healthy.
We can argue ourselves to boredom about Arsenal, referees, tactics, players we have to buy or players we have to get rid off. But in the end it is all trivial when we think about sickness.
I usually look back at such moments and think about the things gone by. I think of Adam Brogden who passed away more than a year ago who wrote some magnificent articles on Untold. I think of Dogface who lost his wife in the same period and on how I still miss his contributions. And again it shows how futile football can be at times and how important good health is. And I know that all too well from my own personal situation as you might have heard. And for those interested my wife is hanging on and we are enjoying life as much as we can and do not let us be down too much by her disease and situation. And if Arsenal is cooperative a bit I might bring her over when we come with the supporters club on February 1st for the match against Aston Villa. We only need confirmation that she can get a ticket in the stands at the disabled end with her wheelchair and then it will be her baptism at Arsenal. I do admit it is one of the things I really hope and whish for the coming year.
Looking back at the year I also have to look back at the fact that for some reason the supporters in Belgium from our official supporters club wanted me to be their president. I didn’t wanted it myself to be honest. But when they all unanimous voted for me when our former president had let them know he would stop doing it I couldn’t refuse. Of course I know it is a big honour and once I accepted it I worked for it and gave my all. And together with the people from the board I managed to more than double the number of members we got. And on this day we have 100 members in our club. And that really is unseen. And that even when results on the field not really going as hoped for. So from that perspective it has been a big year and a good year.
Of course I look back at the events on the field also. I still am convinced that with less injuries we might have won the double last season. But I look back and take the FA cup and the CS as some great moments in our year. Winning against the odds and the refs in the FA cup final felt as one of the highlights of the year. Or should I say yearS? The moment that you knew that this was what Arsenal had been working for all those years. A first step forward. A step forward that was confirmed by winning the CS in a convincing way against Manchester City. But then too many injuries, too many strange ref decisions cost us again.
But maybe we could do the reverse of last year. We then were top for most of the time and then fell back. Maybe now we can come from behind. From a position that looks completely lost and then surprise a few people at the end? With all the players that should come back and some of them already back I do think that anything is possible with the players we have and if all keep more or less fit.
I don’t know if this is the last article in 2014 that we will publish. I will stop working in a few minutes and go to my oldest son to celebrate the new year at his house and so will be out of a computer till midday next year. I don’t know if Tony will publish something today if his bug allows him to do so.
But if not I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the year that is ending. Thank you for being here. Thank you for sharing your emotions with us. Thank you for making Untold what it is. Thank you for making this place one of the few places where you know you will find an ever optimistic view on all things Arsenal.
And of course I wish you all a nice end of the year and I wish you an excellent 2015.
I wish you good health as that is the most important thing. I wish you happiness with the people you love. I wish that all your hopes will come true for the next year.
And for Arsenal I wish a lot of trophies of course. And specially for Tony: a quick recovery!
See you next year!
PS: we do have a match already tomorrow so hope you will be back by then.
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