The Friday Fanzone Q&A - ‘Highbury Harold’ from Black Scarf tells it how it is...
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Today’s Friday Fanzone Q&A talks to ‘Highbury Harold’ a member of the Black Scarf movement – the supporter group ‘that says it like it is’. Read on for this fourth generation Gooner’s views on all things Arsenal...
Tell us about ‘Highbury Harold’ and Black Scarf...
I’m a fourth generation Arsenal fan and have been a season ticket holder since the Clock End at Highbury. Black Scarf were set up to push for better deals and treatment of match-going fans. We work with groups from other clubs to help secure cheaper away tickets – which is our biggest success to date.
How did you become an Arsenal fan?
No choice really. My great grandparents started going to Highbury in the 1920s and The Arsenal has been in our family since then.
Years supporting the club?
I suppose you could say since birth but around 35 if I count how long I’ve been going to matches since I was a kid.
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- 10 Ironmonger Row Baths have reopened for these activities
Arsene Wenger. Discuss:
Out. Once great but now well past it. Time to go.
Do you think social media has made the game better or worse for fans?
Hard to say really. The way things are sensationalised and escalated out of control I’d lean more towards worse.
One thing you would change about the club?
The management structure. Arsenal is first and foremost a money making machine and our board appear to have lost sight of what being a football club should be about.
What makes you proud to be a Gooner?
The history, the magnificence of Highbury and the prestige of the club.
Next statue outside would be?
David Carlyle Rocastle.
January 1981, a 2-2 home draw with Coventry.
Favourite game and why?
Anfield 89. Nothing will ever come close again.
Worst game and why?
Toss up between Zaragoza 95 or Liverpool in 2001. Probably the latter as we should have put the game to bed.
Favourite player and why?
Tony Adams. Mr Arsenal, say no more.
Worst player and why?
Yaya Sanogo. Just awful and one of Wenger’s many awful ‘punts’.
Usually a beer, pie and tunes at Piebury Corner, then round to The George.
Best thing about Highbury?
The magic and history of the place. It had a buzz and an aura about it. It wasn’t a stadium, it was much more than that.
Best thing about Emirates?
Erm, it’s big? But to me it doesn’t feel like home. Will take a long time to feel like its ‘Arsenal’ in my opinion.
Biggest scrape as a fan?
Fourth place trophy or FA Cup – can’t say both
Favourite win over Spurs
1987 League Cup semi final replay. Rocky’s greatest moment. What an atmosphere.
Prediction for the rest of the season
All time Arsenal XI (4-3-3)
Seaman; Dixon, Adams, Bould, Sansom; Rocastle, Vieira, Pires; Wright, Henry, Bergkamp.
Anything you want to add?
Hoping that we’ll soon see a new era begin at The Arsenal and all the bickering among fans stops.