Making the Emirates Highbury revisited.
Is it good news or is it bad news? I am unsure, I quite like the fact that the clock is coming back, but in my opinion it should stop there.
We have moved stadium and we need to move on. Trying to name the stands after the famous North Bank and Clock End is a step too far.
This is our new stadium and it needs to create it’s own identity, it needs to create it’s own history. It’s a bit like getting a new girlfriend and dressing her up in your ex’s clothes.
They are trying to get the old NB v CE singing going once again. I am sure it all started when the Clock End would get the North Bank going with “North Bank, North Bank, give us a song” then they would respond and the Clock would greet that with the old Gareth Hunt hand signal..
Okay the orange/yellow, etc quadrant idea is completely stupid too, in fact there is a lot of problems with the personality of the Emirates, why not have a Rocastle End or a Chapman Stand, the supporters could either use the name provided for them by the Arsenal cooperate crew or they can make their own name up.
What annoys me the most is the Spuds up the road are learning by our mistakes, when they build, sorry IF they get around to building a new stadium ‘on-the-Marsh’ they have the advantage of seeing the pitfalls of the Emirates. (on their turnover £117 million )
The problem with the atmosphere I would say is to do with all the noisy supporters getting seats next to quieter strangers, when the real North Bank was chugging it used to fire up a group of about 50 like-minded supporters or so perched right in the middle behind the goal, they would start it off, it normally started with a song that involved just clapping and few words just as a warm up. Then as the pubs emptied friends would choose where to stand and start joining in. It was infectious. This cannot happen anymore thanks to the Bindippers.
As for putting a 25p flag or a scarf from a scuzzy shop on the seat for when the new age fan arrives is pathetic, how old do the club think the supporters are? If you love your club and want to wear the colours there are plenty of shops and market stalls outside.. It isn’t the Jubilee, it’s a football match. Oh and not a theatre or a night at the movies, I keep hearing we have the highest priced tickets in the world, yet at half time there is a mass exodus to the snack bars.. You only have to sit for 105 minutes, why do you have to shove something in your gob?? Stay and keep singing, have some banter with the away supporters.
Just to put icing on the cake, we have the most entertaining team in the Premiership and perhaps in the world, yet it must be a nearly a third of the supporters leave early, I used to wait all week to watch that magic 90 minutes of footie and I have never left early, if I had to I would walk for half hour or so if need be to find a station where I never had to queue, find a pub or I would shoot into the old amusement arcade at Finsbury Park for a while. Even after night games in the cup that went into extra time when I had 30 miles to travel home I would stay for the duration.. If you cannot spend an extra 30 mins for the Arsenal.. well..
What is the answer to the atmosphere in the Emirates, all I know is since the game has been priced out of the hands of the young working classes it isn’t the same.
The Dippers and the Geordies have the most ferocious fans and they come from some of the poorest areas of the country, is this a coincidence?
West Ham if they get the Olympic stadium after the government have wasted millions building it and the ‘ammers reduce their prices to an affordable level will be an interesting experiment..
What will the atmosphere there be like?