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Meeting an Arsenal legend

Let me start by saying that as an Arsenal fan I’m a disgrace. Yes I admit it. A few years back I was going to most home games, but (bearing in mind it’s been the home of the Gunners for over a year) this was my first visit to the Emirates Stadium. Having said that, that’s still one more time than most ManUre fans have been to Old Trafford. To make matters worse, I didn’t even pay for the ticket – it was courtesy of one of the best things about being in a sales role… corporate hospitality. Food, entertainment, more food, some free goodies, a bit more food, and then see the match. Lovely.

Charlie George and meThe itinerary told us to be at Highbury House for 17:30 and make our way to the Board Room. The actual Board Room where the Arsenal directors meet? Yep, apparently so. The itinerary also stated “Champagne reception with Arsenal legend” – and they weren’t kidding. We walked through the door and were met by none other than Charlie George.

During drinks Charlie (see, we’re on first-name terms) talked about his playing days, and after some excellent food Charlie talked to the party about the success of the club (both financially and on the field) under Arsene Wenger. He then posed for photos, autographed programmes (I have one, and no you can’t buy it from me), and presided over a prize draw for an Arsenal pennant signed by the first team (which I didn’t win – one of our customers did, which was probably a good result).

Soon it was time to go see the match, so we said our farewells to Charlie and made our way to our seats in the Emirates Stadium (see the Wallpaper page for some photos). It’s an incredible place, and of course more spacious than the cramped Highbury in every respect. To cap off an excellent evening, Arsenal battered poor old Slavia Prague 7-0 (with two goals for Theo Walcott, even though it was past his bed-time).

…works for Microsoft as a Global Account Technology Strategist. In a former life he worked for the Lotus brand within IBM for many years. Married with one daughter and two dogs, lives in Camberley (Surrey, England), plays the guitar to a mediocre standard, and runs 10 kms and half marathons at an average speed. That’s it really.


Darren Adams • 25 October 2007

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  1. Steve 26 October 2007 - 1:35 am Reply

    A red letter for fans of Celebrity watch.. a photo with a legend and you didn’t have to stalk him either.

    I can honestly say I am green with envy. Board room at the Emirates, free grub, a chat with Charlie and then the glorious Gunners handing out what can only be described as a right royal pasting.

    An evening doesn’t get much better than that.

  2. Richard Fenwick 26 October 2007 - 9:02 pm Reply

    Darren….don’t feel on every football post you have to mention the greatest football team, for instance on your next post you could mention Arsenal and Liverpool 😉

  3. Darren 26 October 2007 - 9:06 pm Reply

    And Richard, don’t feel obliged to gloat tomorrow when ManYoo are top, because they’ll have played 2 more games and all they need to do to achieve top spot is beat Boro (so we won’t be particularly impressed). With the amount of money ManUre have spent they should win. If however Boro do win (or even sneak a draw) I’ll still be laughing on Tuesday.

  4. Richard Fenwick 27 October 2007 - 8:10 pm Reply

    Well my friend..just got back from the game, and United
    were brilliant, the goal from Nami was class……

    Let’s see how you get on against Liverpool on Sunday….
    I predict 1-1…..

  5. Ricey 6 December 2007 - 10:47 pm Reply

    Nice to see you made an effort & dressed for the occassion Darren 🙂

  6. Darren 6 December 2007 - 11:03 pm Reply

    Mickey, I was on leave that day, and I phoned up beforehand to check the dress code. Who wants to go to a footy match wearing a suit?

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