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!