Two games away from the FA Cup Final. That’s where we find ourselves ahead of the FA Cup quarterfinal on Saturday 8 March against Everton.
In a way, it’s a welcome break from league football after last week’s trip to Mordor to play the stampy Orcs of Stoke and at the very least, we are playing a decent football side in the Toffees. A tough match no doubt and we are not helped by the injury Gods (and Daniel Agger) taking Jacky Wilshere out. Still, we are at home and the boys will need no further motivation than the prospect of heading to Wembley and a step closer to glory.
It’s an early kickoff at 8.45pm so make sure you head down to Molly’s nice and early.
An additional reason for you to be early at the home of Arsenal Singapore is that we will be open for sign-ups from 7pm for our very own edition of Be a Gunner Be a Runner (BAGBAR) taking place on 5 April. This run is open to anyone aged 15 and above (born before 1 Jan 1999). Pricing for the run will be $50 for all current Arsenal Singapore members and $70 for non-Arsenal Singapore members.
If there is only one run you are going to sign up for this year, BAGBAR has to be the one as it is the only race in Singapore where 100% of all fees collected will be donated towards a good cause. All proceeds this year will once again be donated to the Arsenal Foundation – which is committed to support a range of community and charitable projects in the UK and overseas, including the Club’s official charity partners. Since the foundation was launched in 2012, it has benefitted more than 100,000 people. On top of that, all runners will receive a specially designed exclusive Arsenal Singapore BAGBAR 2014 t-shirt together with a running tag with your very own unique running number from Arsenal FC.
So wait no further and be part of this truly global event with Gooners from around the world. Last year, we were one of more than 30 countries who designed and organised our own runs in support of the main BAGBAR event at the Emirates Stadium.
We are accepting sign-ups over the next two weekend match nights – prior to the matches against Everton on 8 March and against Sp*rs on 16 March – so don’t miss out!
Come on Arsenal!
A week without an Arsenal match seems like a rarity these days but hopefully this past week has given our lads a welcomed break and a chance to sort out those knocks and bruises, as well as rest tired minds and limbs ahead of a season-defining run of fixtures in March.
Speaking of bruises, a bruising encounter awaits us on Saturday 1 March, 11pm when we travel to the Britannia Stadium to take on the rugby team Stoke City.
I think I speak for all Gooners that Stoke is a team we dislike tremendously for their classless fans, players and manager / former manager. No doubt we will be in for a tough encounter but three points are a must and I’m sure our boys will be fired up as we head into the final stretch of what is shaping up to be one of the most exciting title run-ins.
Joining us at Molly’s on Saturday will be Peter Anderson. Yes, that’s right, the Gooner on the Road loves our Lion City so much that he is back from Jakarta after spending a week with the boisterous Indonesian Gooners. This will be his last Arsenal match in Singapore before he heads north next week so do pop by to say hello or have a photo with him. Do visit his blog and help him to achieve his noble goal of raising funds for a very good cause as part of his season-long travels.
On top of that, a camera crew from Fox Sports Asia will be with us from 9.30pm to interview Peter as well as other Singapore Gooners for their show Singha Football. So come down early in your yellows and sing up loud and proud when the match kicks off!
Last but not least, do mark the date 5 April in your diaries as that is the day we will be organising our second Be a Gunner Be a Runner event! It was a huge success last year where we were probably the first supporters club anywhere in the world to hold the run on the same day as the one in London and 30 other countries. We raised a total of S$2,000 last year for the Arsenal Foundation and will be looking to better that amount this year!
Look out for more details in the coming week on how you can sign up to be part of this unique race.
I’ll leave you with this link. The photo at the top says it all!
Come on you Arsenal!
It’s match day! And it doesn’t really come any bigger when the reigning European and World Club champions come to town. There’s no way any Gooner will want to miss this match and the good news is that Molly Roffey’s will be open for BOTH legs of our Champions League tie against Bayern Munich. Kick off for the first leg is at 3:45am (Thursday 20 Feb S’pore time) so set your alarm clocks and join us for what should be a fascinating encounter.
On Sunday, we had another great turnout at Molly’s for our FA Cup win over Liverpool. I thought we thoroughly deserved the victory and it was good to see some of our players on the fringes of the first team step up with that level of performance to overcome an in-form opponent. We are now one point off the top of the table with 12 games to go, in the knockout stages of the Champions League and through to the last eight of the FA Cup with only two other teams from the top 10 in the Premier League remaining.
The above should make for happy reading for any discerning Gooner. I am pretty sure fans of nearly every other club will be over the moon to be in our position. However for whatever reasons, we seem to have some of the most demanding and unrealistic fans around who think it’s a ‘crisis’ any time we do not win a football match. I always feel that for some ‘fans’ who always have something to gripe about and that watching football and supporting a team make them miserable / angry / frustrated most of the time, maybe they should consider another hobby.
Let’s stay positive and give the team and Le Boss the backing they deserve as we head into the business end of the season. We are Arsenal fans and we have class. Leave the griping and whining to the other clubs. Speaking of how special Arsenal fans are, we had a very special one visiting us last week, joining us at Molly’s for the games against Man United and Liverpool.
Gooner on the Road Peter Anderson was in town and if you still do not know about him, you must be living under a cave! Do check out his blog at www.goonerontheroad.com where he wrote a couple of pieces about his time in the Lion City! Jeff and James were the two generous Singapore Gooners who put him up at their homes during his week-long stay here.
Peter is of course doing his bit for a very special cause close to his heart while on his season-long travels, raising funds for the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. If you can, do give Peter a hand to reach his goal. You can click on the link on his blog or you can go directly to http://tnbcfoundation.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1066776&supid=392764333 to make your donation.
That’s it from me this week and we’ll see you at the home of Arsenal Singapore for Bayern on Thursday morning and Sunderland this Saturday 22 February at 11pm.
Come on Arsenal!