Visiting the Mecca

Annnnnnd I did it. Too. Finally. Last year. Something I had wanted to do for a decade. Finally I had the money & the time. These pictures below attempt to showcase the essence of my trip.IMG_9467

Set foot in London on May 3rd 2012 and still had no ticket to the game 🙂

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Roamed around. Frantically calling friends and checking twitter TL for tickets. Did it all of 3rd & 4th. And finally saw what a ‘ticket’ looks like on May 4th. Thanks to Tom Ansell. A gooner & a friend and @arsenal_tickets on twitter for the 2 tickets.

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Match day! Still dark & gloomy outside. We feared for rain and I was already freezing in London being from the subcontinent. Wore 4 layers. Obviously the Jersey as the top layer 🙂IMG_9529

Which other club in the world has a train station to its name?

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Apparently the hold up was because someone on a wheelchair could not be assisted, and security were making sure that’s attended to before the fans come marching in. You can see the restlessness in their eyes & shoulders.

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Finally Inside. I did not click a lot of pictures, I was overwhelmed by the sights & sounds in the Stadium. Good thing that my gf (ex) was seated in another stand, so I saved myself the embarrassment of a wet eyes on display.

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There is just no joy like singing with so many fans together.

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Sang in the second half in another stand. Was told of an empty seat, went and sat with my gf finally. She had her fingers crossed for a good result too.

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And they sang.IMG_9626

And they sang.

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And they scored.

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How typical eh?

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C’mon Arsenal C’mon Arsenal C’mon Arsenal C’mon Arsenal ! We needed all 3 points and it was looking not so easy at all. Everyone was a bit restless.

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Why is he standing there? He is Wojeich. Who knows.

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I knew then that this is his final wave to the fans. It was pretty obvious.

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You can imagine how the rest of my day looked after the 3-3 result. Face says it all 🙂

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You can’t have enough of it can you? So I went back for a screening! Final day of the season.

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Ok yes! I was there for the first time of course I’d go to Armoury and pick up random stuff.IMG_1122

There was still time for the screening to begin so I decided to take a stroll to a pub.

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And along the way you see the influence on the neighbourhood.

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I was told to have a beer and get out! Haha that was the deal.

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No that fugly bag & bottle is not mine.

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Inside Emirates again.IMG_1264  

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Yepp. That’s it!
And am gonna do it again next year.

Why didn’t I go last year? I think you know 🙂

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5 Responses to Visiting the Mecca

  1. @Fattcheeked says:

    I’ll be there one day. Hopefully. Brilliant pictures and write up as usual.

  2. Lovely stuff. Hope to make it some day too.

  3. doysol_ says:

    Just a matter of time. Will be there with my son. He is 5 now. Just a couple of years more. Really can’t wait. Might link up with some fellow gooners from 9ja too!

  4. blackoccult says:

    A pilgrimage one day i will surely make
    To the sacred stones of the Emirates
    And bow my head to legends gone by
    So in peace i finally can die

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