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Paris memories…”what might have been”

We arrived in Paris at around Midday, driving from Elstree we got our first view of the Stade de France, with swarms of Blackcurrant and Yellow shirts wandering around the stadium in the hope of finding a reasonably priced ticket for Arsenal's finest hour. The cheap tickets were available at €300 quite reasonable, however block U rang the bell of suspicion, yes they were counterfeits, genuine tickets fetching €2000+, making next year's season ticket at the Emirates look incredible value.

A quick bite to eat just of the Champs Elysees, followed by a trip to Niketown for that last minute purchase led us to a chance encounter with footballs answer to Brad Pitt, yes……….it was Peter Beardsley with his cheeky grin.

The 15 minute walk through the streets of Gay Paris to Rue de Cappucines and Kitty O'Shea's to meet up with Arsenal's eclectic support of blog adicts, Australia, Iceland, Sweden, Ireland, Scotland and even a few from Nawf Lundan.

Little did I know I was going to be in the presence of Internet stardom, arseblogger, gilbertosilva et al. The fun was about to start, the red and white football arrived and the Carlsberg advert was to be recreated, right there in the streets of Paris. It started with a game of keepy uppy, but soon a couple of metal Paris Poste trolleys made an impromptu goal and a penalty shoot out ensued, followed by a traffic stopping full blown game in the streets.


A couple of hours soon passed, checking for text messages and e-mail on the blackberry for signs of a ticket proved fruitless, a couple of calls from fellow fans and even a tout saying there are too many fakes about resigned me to the fact I was going to watch the biggest game in club football in a psuedo irish pub in Paris. A work colleague had just bought his ticket from a tout for €2000!!!!! only to find he was with the Barca fans…..

The hour drew close, the pub emptied as those lucky enough to have a ticket headed for Thierry's birth place, St Denis and a date with destiny at the Stade de France. We however, took our seats into the bar and secured the front row, as kick off time drew close, the pub filled, the occasional chorus of Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal filled the smoke filled atmosphere. A couple of typically ignorant, blazer clad frogs tried to spoil the party, standing in front of the screen baiting the gooners with cries of Giuly, Guily only to receive, en mass, the response "who the fuckin, who the fuckin, who the fuckin hell are you…..".

Kick off arrived, a great start by the boys in Yellow, Thierry's on fire, Valdes making a great block to deny the maestro the opener, the cheers and singing swelled only to silenced by Jens…. a red card, Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal… as if the team could hear and feel our passion, the bucked tooth Brazilian delivered the first of his free kick mishaps..relief.

We've only got 10 men, we've only got 10 men reverberated around the walls of Kitty's, Eboue's thru, he cuts into the box, only to be harshly!! chopped down, a typically Spanish dive earns a free kick, Thierry places the ball, the place erupts, beer glasses (plastic) fly, the bar shakes, ecstasy…Sol's a gooner, Sol's a gooner, the 10 men of Arsenal take a 1-nil lead, we can do it. A great save by Almunia from Eto'o and 4 mins of added time over, the team retreats to the sanctuary of the dressing room, for Arsene's words of wisdom.

30 minutes of amazing defending, plus a couple of clear cut chances for Freddie and Thierry only to have are hopes dashed by Eto'o another rousing chorus we're drawing, we can still do it, we've only got 10 men, we've only got 10 men. Larson, bloody super sub… 4 minutes…. what a time for super sub no.2 Belletti to score his first goal for the Catalan's. The inevitable had happened. 12 minutes of the Barca tapping the ball around the mid field. The whistle blew, our dream was over. The glory gunners had failed at the last hurdle………..



May 18, 2006 - Posted by | Matches


  1. Great report – do you have any more pictures to puiblish, particularly of the street footie?

    Comment by Upper East | May 19, 2006 | Reply

  2. Great photos. Have added a link to you on my site.

    Comment by Gilbertosilver | May 20, 2006 | Reply

  3. good to see another gooner blog, just need more hours in the day to read them all. nice blog and some sound pics.
    kitty o’shea’s. ah jameson chasers what a life

    Comment by la goon | May 21, 2006 | Reply

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