Arsenal Singapore Newsletter 1st August 2015

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It’s been a while since I’ve last written a proper newsletter and here we are at the start of a very special month for our country.  

It’s the month of our Golden Jubilee but just as important, our beloved Arsenal will be back in competitive action very soon!

Just two weeks ago, we were all cheering them on at our National Stadium and here we are on the crux of yet another new season. I believe I speak for nearly all of us Singapore Gooners that it was a fantastic experience with the Arsenal in town. 

Personally, I was really proud that we were able to host so many travelling Gooners from around the world and had the chance to extend our hospitality to them throughout the entire week. 

Plenty has happened since then on the Arsenal front and we have every reason to go into the season in a confident mood. 

Technically, we start our season on National Day but first, we have the small matter of the Community Shield onSunday 2 August against that bus stop in Fulham (or should it be against that bus from that bus stop in Fulham). It’s a glorified friendly at best but any match against that scummy lot and manager is usually anything but friendly. 

Kickoff is at 10pm and a newly-renovated Molly Roffey’s at Bras Basah will be open for it! That’s right, if you didn’t know, our home went through a thorough refurbishment from the day after the Barclays Asia Trophy final and it now carries a refreshing new look just in time for the new season. So make sure you come on down and join us!

And to mark their reopening, Molly Roffey’s at Bras Basah has a special offer for all draft beers (except Guinness) going at only $10 from the second half of our match

We are also restarting our membership renewals and signups so do look for us from 8pm to 9.30pm at the usual spot if you have yet to renew for this season. Membership does have its privileges as many of you would have seen during the week of the BAT so make sure you extend your ‘contract’ with us! 

Unlike Theo Walcott and his contract, our process is very straightforward so sign da ting and you will continue to enjoy the benefits that come with being an Arsenal Singapore member!

See you on Sunday and COYG!

P.S. Molly Roffey’s at Dorsett will also be screening the match.
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Emirates Cup ‘Live’ at Molly Roffeys Dorsett

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If you have felt the same Arsenal withdrawals as we did this week, fret not.

Molly Roffeys @ Dorsett Residences is screening the Emirates Cup this weekend! So head on down to catch our boys in more pre-season action. Apparently we will be sending the robotic versions of our players onto the pitch while the actual players control them from the sidelines, sounds fun.

P.S We will NOT be doing membership applications or renewals this weekend.

(Image courtesy of Arsenal.com)

A Brief Guide to Singapore

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Dear Gooners,

The month of July is finally here, and that means Arsenal will be arriving in Singapore for the Barclays Asia Trophy very soon! For those of you who will be coming over to Singapore to watch The Arsenal, we have prepared a short but useful guide with information related to getting around our sunny (read: hot and humid) island, and some places you can explore when you are not stalk…erm…following the Arsenal team.

As this year is also Singapore’s 50th birthday, there are various events taking place around the island showcasing our history and celebrating the progress we have made since our independence. Hence, it is a good chance for visitors to learn more about us while having fun at the same time. Do check out some of the ongoing events if you are looking for things to do in between match days. And lastly, but no less important than watching Arsenal, do sample some of Singapore’s gastronomical delights so you have energy to cheer on the team!

The links below will provide a comprehensive guide on the aforementioned topics; accompanied by a short write-up on some of the more important (Arsenal-related) places:

  1. Sports Hub – the place where all the action will take place. Spanking new stadium opened in June 2014, with state of the art facilities that make it a fully integrated sports, entertainment and lifestyle hub. Located right next to the Stadium MRT station (CC6), there is a shopping mall beside the stadium that offers a fine variety of food and shopping, perfect for having a meal before proceeding to watch the matches. More information on getting there can be found in these links:

http://www.sportshub.com.sg/directions/Pages/getting-here.aspx

http://journey.smrt.com.sg/journey/mrt_network_map/

http://www.sportshub.com.sg/kallangwave/Pages/kallang-wave-mall.aspx

  1. Molly Roffey’s (Bras Basah branch) – the home of the Official Arsenal Singapore Supporters Club, where passionate Gooners congregate on every weekend match night to cheer on the Gunners! Do drop by for a visit if time permits, and look at how we have done up the place SG Gooners call “Home”. The pub is located right outside the Bras Basah MRT station (CC2)

http://www.mollyroffeys.com/index.html

  1. Places of attraction – Singapore may be tiny, but there is no shortage of places of interests for visitors who wish to explore the island. Some of these places will be holding special events in celebration of SG50, so do look out for these when you are planning your itinerary. The links below provide information on some of the most popular attractions that are worth spending time at:

http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/traveller/en/experience.html

http://www.singapore-vacation-attractions.com/singapore-attractions.html

https://www.singapore50.sg/en/WhatsOn.aspx

  1. Food! Glorious Food! – A visit to Singapore is never complete nor satisfying if you do not try out most, if not all, of our famous local food. As Singapore is a multi-racial and multicultural country, our food is reflective of that, with a smorgasbord of cuisine that caters to different tastes and preferences. Below are some of the places where you can feast to your heart’s content, be it local fare or more refined dining:

http://www.thebestsingapore.com/eat-and-drink/the-best-5-hawker-centres-in-singapore/

http://www.makansutra.com/eateries-home.aspx?mid=1

https://plus.google.com/105581712305684674270/about?gl=sg&hl=en

http://www.marinabaysands.com/restaurants.html

We hope that the information provided will enhance your experience while you are in Singapore for the Barclays Asia Trophy. Do feel free to drop us an email at: enquiry@arsenalsingapore.com if you require further assistance, and we will be more than happy to help.

Cheers

A message from our President

Welcome to the brand new website of Arsenal Singapore!

You’ve come to the right place if you are a Gooner living in the Lion City or visiting and looking to join fellow Gooners to catch a game or two.

It was just over a month ago when we lifted our 12th FA Cup and here we are looking forward to pre-season and the promise of some shiny new signings a la Petr Cech!

July’s a massive month for all of us especially in Singapore as we will be welcoming the mighty Arsenal to our shores for the Barclays Asia Trophy.  It’s been 24 long years since the Gunners last visited and to say we are very excited to see them here is an understatement.

On behalf of everyone in the committee, we would like to extend a warm welcome to every Arsenal fan travelling to Singapore this month. It’s a great pleasure to be hosting you and do get in touch should you require anything during your stay here.

The home of Arsenal Singapore – Molly Roffey’s at both Bras Basah and Dorsett – will be offering every Gooner, as long as you walk in with an Arsenal shirt on (any shirt as long as it has something Arsenal on it) 10% off all food and beverages outside of Happy Hours from 12th to 19th July!

If you need a place for your pre-match and post-match drinks, you know the place to go!

See you at the Barclays Asia Trophy!

Arsenal Singapore Newsletter 24 May 2015

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Hello Fellow Gooners,

Barring a catastrophic loss to WBA or a loss and Steve Bruce deciding he is still a manc and throwing the Hull Tigers under a bus at KC Stadium this Sunday, Arsenal will finish 3rd and avoid playing the CL qualifying games in August.  In other words …. we just need a draw this Sunday!

We’ve reached the final game of the season and what a roller coaster it has been, so many injuries in the 1st half to key players left us looking like we would be skipping the Champions League next season but a great run of wins in the 2nd half made sure we qualified again for the umpteenth consecutive time.

Both Molly Roffey’s Bras Basah and Dorsett will screen AFCvWBA at 10pm on Sun 24 May.  Signups and renewals will only be at Bras Basah from 730 to 930pm.  Come down and renew if you haven’t done so yet so that you can get your new Arsenal Singapore premium, a yellow scarf that you can wear for next week’s FA Cup Final!!  #SheWoreAYellowRibbon (in case you hadn’t read about it yet, Arsenal will be wearing yellow for the final this year.)

Speaking of which, our FA Cup Final will also be screened at Bras Basah and Dorsett at 1230am on Sun 31 May (Sat night).  Those electing to watch at Dorsett, please lower your volume with your cheering and singing to avoid complaints from the hotel guests upstairs, and this venue will be open to both members and non-members.  For those going to Bras Basah, signups and renewals will be from 830 to 1030pm on Sat 30 March.  For the 1st 50 members at Bras Basah on Sat night at 830pm, we will be giving out a $10 Molly Roffey’s voucher for use that evening!  So do come down early and grab a seat!  Bras Basah will be open only to Arsenal Singapore members from 830 to 11pm and open to the public, space permitting, after 11pm so get in there!!  There will be new flags and pennants sent to us by Arsenal to add to the atmosphere!  So sing your hearts out!

“WHAT DID SHE WEAR?”

Ticket sales for members going to the Barclays Asia Trophy are closed and we’ll have over 300 in our section for 15 July and over 500 for 18 July.  We will let you know when to come and get your tickets as soon as we get them from the organizers.  Until then, do google for and watch videos of Arsenal chants and learn them, you will be sitting in the singing section so you’re expected to be loud and proud!!

That’s it for this season!  See you in July! (I’m off to eat some leftover durian ;-))

Ooo To Be A .. Gooner!!

Jin Yan

Membership Info here  |  Match Ticket Info here  |  FAQ here

Arsenal Singapore Newsletter 12 May 2015

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Hello Fellow Singapore Gooners,

Well that was a disappointing result last night against Swansea City.  I guess it was inevitable that our 11 game unbeaten run in all competitions, since 1 March, would come to an end sometime and of course Fabianski would have to have a great game against us.  We just have to win the next 4 games against Man U, Sunderland, West Brom and of course Aston Villa!!

Due to the scousers draw against chelski, Arsenal are now guaranteed to be in the CL next season, for the 16th consecutive year.  If you think that’s no big deal, just ask the scousers and the scum, they spend more than we do and still cannot regularly get into the CL, only the 3 clubs significantly richer than us have been able to do so and even then, manure failed last season.

Also happy to report that we celebrated St Totteringham’s Day again this season, for the 20th year in a row.  #NorthLondonIsRed #ItsHappenedAgain #MindTheGap #ForeverInOurShadow

The Barclays Asia Trophy details have now been officially announced and many of you have already bought your tickets to that event in our exclusive members only sales period.  If you have not yet done so, the FINAL day for buying tickets through us and sitting with us in the exclusive Arsenal Singapore Cat 3 section is this Sunday 17 May from 730pm to 1030pm, before our 11pm kickoff against Man U at Molly Roffey’s Bras Basah (MRBB).  Again, each member will be allowed to buy 2 tickets.  We will however be allowing new membership signups at the same time so get your friends and family members to sign up as well if you need more tickets.

It will be super packed at MRBB so do come down very early if you want a seat and Molly Roffey’s Dorsett will also be screening ManU v Arsenal at 11pm.  Please note for either location if you are coming down with your friend who supports ManU, please tell them that these are NOT neutral venues, they cannot wear ManU kits and they should behave accordingly.  Of course they can clap and cheer but no taunting and booing of Arsenal.  Molly Roffey’s management reserves the right to ask them to leave.

As a buildup to the BAT event. Ian Wright is in Singapore and will be taking part in a Twitter Takeover tomorrow 13 May from 330pm to 5pm hosted by The New Paper.  To take part,

1.       Tweet your questions that you’ve always wanted to ask Ian to @TheNewPaper,

2.       Include the hashtag #TNPBAT2015,

3.       Follow @TheNewPaper and look out for his responses!

That’s it for this week,

Come On Arsenal!!

Jin Yan

Membership Info here  |  Match Ticket Info here  |  FAQ here

Arsenal Singapore Newsletter 1 May 2015

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Hello Fellow Gooners,

Eric’s going to be busy the next month due to work so I’ll be taking over.

Looks like the Arsenal supporters at the Emirates hit a raw nerve when we sang “Boring, boring Chelsea!”  From their detestable manager to their racist captain, they wouldn’t stop commenting on it.  Must be deep down they know they are boring and that after spending so much $$$$$ on their team, their owner is probably just as unhappy with their brand of soul sucking, sleep inducing, bus parking football.  What I thought was frankly ludicrous was their reaction at the final whistle, they were celebrating like they won the league.  What utter muppets!

Read this on the internet, which those blue scum should take note:

OPEN LETTER TO CHELSEA FANS

Dear Chelsea fans,

Congrats on winning your 5th league title (most likely) but FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Aston villa won their 5th league trophy in 1900 (115 yrs ago)
Sunderland did it in 1913 (102 yrs ago)
Arsenal did it in 1938 (77 yrs ago)
Everton did it in 1939 (76 yrs ago)
Liverpool did it in 1947 (68 yrs ago)
Man U did it in 1957 (58 yrs ago)

Winning 5 league trophies isn’t any achievement that hasn’t been seen before so please stop worrying our ears with the noise of being league champs.

Boring and no class to top it off.

Our next game is away to Hull City and that kicks off at 3am on Tues 5 May.  Due to the timing, thanks to Sky Sports, Molly Roffey’s will not be open for this.  The same for the following week when we play Swansea at 3am on Tues 12 May.

Hey Goonerettes, we NEED your help!!  The next round of our community service event is slated on Sun 10 May 2015 from 3-5 pm at the Children’s Aid Society.  This time, the activities will involve the girls from the home and we are looking for female members to volunteer in addition to our male members who help out with the boys.  Those interested, please sms or whatsapp Shai directly at 98440234.

That’s it for this week!

Come On Arsenal!!

Jin Yan

Membership Info here  |  Match Ticket Info here  |  FAQ here

Arsenal Singapore Newsletter 13 March 2015

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What a week it has been to be a Gooner, especially if you are in Singapore!

Knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup at Old Trafford with our boy Welbz scoring and celebrating the winner will stick with all of us for a very long time. That Tuesday morning, we had almost 70 of us cheering and singing at Molly Roffey’s (which included a few very silent and I must say respectful Mancs).

On Wednesday, it was finally officially announced that the Arsenal will be coming to our very shores in July to take part in the Barclays Asia Trophy alongside football teams Everton and Singapore Selection as well as Stoke City.

It’s been 24 long years since the greatest team the world has ever seen have been to Singapore so mark your diaries and make sure you are in town for the week of 13 July!

Ticketing details will only be released from May but as a club, Arsenal Singapore are already in touch with the promoters to make arrangements to bulk purchase tickets and have all of us Gooners allocated one section in the stadium. So hang on for now and wait for us to share with you more news when we get them.

I know everyone is excited but there is very little we can answer when we get bombarded with questions about how to buy tickets when we clearly indicated on our posts that we will only have those details much later.

Back to the present, we still have plenty to look forward to before the likes of the BFG, HFB and Le Coq touch down at Changi.

BAGBAR registrations are down to the last two weekends so if you have yet to sign up, what are you waiting for? Come down to Molly’s at Bras Basah this Saturday 14 March from after 9pm and sign da thing!

We play West Ham at 11pm and you have the option of both Bras Basah and Dorsett to go to catch the match.

A big shout out to the 15 Singapore Gooners who have made the trip to the Emirates for this match! Sing up loud and proud and make sure you come back with them 3 points!

Come Wednesday morning (18 March), we play our 2nd leg against Monaco in the Champions League. We are up against it but it is very much still mission possible.

The great news is that Molly Roffey’s (Bras Basah) will stay open for the 3.45am kickoff so do come on down to hopefully witness one of our greatest comebacks in our history. You just never know!

Ok, I think I’ve rambled on for quite a bit but it’s really been a very special week for a Singapore Gooner!

COYG!

Membership Info here  |  Match Ticket Info here  |  FAQ here

Arsenal Singapore Newsletter 7 March 2015

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Hello everyone!

I’ve got quite a few things to inform you so I’ll get straight to it.

First up, the great news is that Molly Roffey’s (Bras Basah) will be open for our FA Cup Quarterfinal against Man United! 

That’s right, make sure you join us for what could be another classic cup tie in the early hours of Tuesday 10 March our time, with the kick off at 3.45am. Almost 9,000 Gooners will be rocking up to Manchester for the game despite the travel challenges so what is a trip to Bras Basah for all of us?

Given that it’s an early kickoff, we will not be taking any sign-ups for BAGBAR this weekend. But fret not, you still have time to sign up as they will resume the next two Saturdays prior to our matches against West Ham and Newcastle.

As most of you would have known by now, Arsenal Singapore has adopted Children’s Aid Society as our beneficiary for the season. At our year end party in December, we auctioned off several Arsenal memorabilia and thanks to the generosity of our Singapore Gooners, we raised $5,000 for them which was matched dollar for dollar by matching grants from the ministry.

When we went down to present our donations, we also initiated conversations with them on what else we can do to as a club to help them. We did not want the partnership to be just about a one-off donation.

Children’s Aid Society runs Melrose Home which is mainly made up of children below the age of 12. They have since asked us whether we could help conduct football sessions about twice a month for their group of boys aged between 8 and 12.

Arsenal Singapore will need at least three volunteers per session and this is where you come in. We’ll start off with monthly sessions, with the first one tentative set for Sunday 22 March from 3 to 5pm. We will then explore expanding them to twice a month.

If you have flair with working with kids and want to contribute, please drop Shai an email at shai@arsenalsingapore.com.  And if you have kids of that age range, you are more than welcome to have them join in those sessions too.

We hope to hear from you soon!

In the meantime, let’s get behind the boys to make sure we have another trip to Wembley come April!

COYG!

Membership Info here  |  Match Ticket Info here  |  FAQ here