Arsenal Singapore Newsletter 28th August 2015

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Dear Singapore Gooner,

This will be my last newsletter to you as President of Arsenal Singapore. The two years have simply flown by and I just want to say that it’s been an absolute privilege.

Our club is now into its ninth year and we’ve certainly come a long way since our launch back in March 2007. We’ve never had the objective at the start to become the biggest supporters club in Singapore but I’m certain that we’ve become the best.

What I know is that we definitely have the best set of supporters you can find anywhere in the world. Many of us Gooners are often asked about why or how we started supporting the club and words like ‘class’, ‘history’ and ‘doing things the right way’  often come in. In many ways, that applies to all of us too in the way we support the best team in the world.

We are all connected by our love for this wonderful team. We all want the same thing, which is for the team to be successful on the pitch. That is something beyond our control but what we can control is how we treat each other and how we conduct ourselves, whether through the anonymity of the internet or in real life.

There is too much negativity and cynicism in the real world as it is. Football, to many of us, is more than just a game. Supporting a football club is a life-long relationship and will always be emotional. That is special but if we can all take away the negative side of it and focus on being positive, especially towards and among fellow Gooners, surely the world can be a nicer and better place.

As Rocky said, remember who you are, what you are and who you represent.

Our 2015 AGM will be taking place on Saturday 29 August from 5pm at Molly Roffey’s Bras Basah. The pub will be closed from 5 to 7pm to the non-Arsenal Singapore public so if you will like to join us for the AGM where we will report on our activities from the past year, remember to show your membership cards at the door for entry. Doors will open again from 7pm ahead of our Newcastle match at 7.45pm.

I’ve probably not said this enough but I would like to thank the members of our Exco for all their unstinting commitment and sacrifices over the last two years. I’ve been privileged to have them on the team and they have kept running beyond 90 minutes and extra-time. (Don’t worry, we are not going into penalties.)

On Saturday, we will have a new President of this great club. I’m sure you will give him the same support as you’ve shown me throughout this time.

Once again, thank you for everything. I don’t know about you but I got this feeling that we are going to have a fantastic season ahead.

Victoria Concordia Crescit and COYG!

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Arsenal Singapore Newsletter 16th August 2015

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Dear Singapore Gooner,

A week is certainly a long time, especially in football after coming off a negative result and performance.

You always hope the next game come along faster, for the chance of redemption, to get that result out of the system with the hope that the last one was just one of those days.

We live in a world now of instant reactions and opinions. No doubt in the past week you’ve seen fans, pundits and media alike analyse our performance to death.

Pre-season had made us title favourites and suddenly after one match, we now have no chance.

Let’s have a little perspective here. We are not favourites for the title but certainly we are in with a shout. Winning or losing last week should not change anything.

Of course, much will depend on how we respond and we know this team and squad are more than capable of bouncing back.

It all starts this evening Sunday 16 August with another London derby against Crystal Palace.

It’s another early kickoff at 8.30pm so do join us at either of our two homes of Arsenal Singapore at Bras Basah or Dorsett.

Membership sign-ups and renewals will be at the usual spot at Bras Basah from 6.30pm to 8pm.

Do note that we will be accepting membership renewals all the way till the end of September.  Take aside the Monday night matches and international breaks, you will only have about another three more weekends to renew for this season. Your 2014-15 membership will lapse in October with all sign-ups considered as new ones from then.

Here’s hoping for a brand new start to the season for us.

COYG!

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Arsenal Singapore Newsletter 9th August 2015

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Happy National Day!

Today’s a very special and proud day for all of us Singapore Gooners as our country celebrates our Golden Jubilee.

We’ve certainly come a long way as a nation since 1965 and there is plenty that we have to be grateful for. Whether we were born and grew up here or are from overseas now living and working here, this is really home, truly.

In many ways, the Arsenal have also come a long way in those 50 years and how appropriate that we will be embarking on our latest league campaign this evening on 9 August, playing at home in red and white.

It promises to be a massive season for us and we are definitely a serious contender. As Le Boss said, we have prepared well and now “it’s about points, about performance, about efficiency, about togetherness and about heart.”

The rollercoaster ride starts at 8.30pm against West Ham but do join us early at the homes of Arsenal Singapore at Bras Basah and Dorsett as we will be screening the National Day Parade on the big screens.

We will not be taking any membership sign-ups or renewals this evening as we will all like to catch the NDP too!
Wear your Singapore colours with pride today and sing up loud and proud!

Majulah Singapura and COYG!

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