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Have a favourite Arsenal goal, player or match? Want to share the experience of your first ever game or the atmosphere at a Cup Final? Ever met someone who has played for the Gunners? 

We want to hear from Arsenal fans willing and eager to share something personal about their love for the club. All you have to do is email us via the CONTACT page mentioning 'MEMORY BANK' in the title. Your entry can be as long or as short as you like, just do your best to stick to the Queen's English. 

 

Tuesday
Oct182011

My New Difficult Boyfriend

BY @SIANYMACALARNY

I wasn’t even wearing red. My first ever match at Highbury, and I wasn’t even wearing red. It was a great match, a 5-3 win over Charlton Athletic in August 2000, days before I started secondary school.

That was the ‘hello’ moment they had me at. I didn’t realise there were that many other people who loved them too. I didn’t realise that I’d ever be OK with standing up and shouting and screaming when we scored a goal. Nor that the pitch was that take-your-breath-away beautiful.

How was I to know they’d become as big a part of my life as they have? How were my mates to know they’d have to start making allowances for my new difficult boyfriend the Arsenal?

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Monday
Oct172011

Keown at the double

BY BARRY DE SILVA / @BRDESILVA

One of my all-time favourite moments as an Arsenal supporter took place on a chilly Wednesday night at Highbury on 20th September 2000.

Pitted against Shakhtar Donetsk the Champions League group game wasn’t made memorable, like so many European fixtures, by the brilliance of Thierry Henry or the dominance of Patrick Vieira, but rather by the never-say-die attitude of Martin Keown.

Trailing 2-0 after half an hour and with Ukrainian keeper Yuriy Virt in inspired form it didn’t look as though it was going to be our night. A red card for Sergei Popov made life a little easier, and despite Henry missing a penalty the gap was finally reduced when Sylvain Wiltord netted from the rebound.

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Saturday
Oct152011

That Sums It All Up

BY MATT LITTLECHILD / @MATTLITTLECHILD

The 3rd May 1998 was one of those rare days that you feel lucky enough to bare witness to history being made. Well, it was to me anyway. I was nine-years-old at the time, and still in the early days of my Arsenal supporting life.

The day was special for more than one reason. Not only did the 4-0 result against Everton clinch the club’s first Premier League title, it was also the first time I’d ever seen my hero Tony Adams score in a game.

If his claim to his first goal of the afternoon looks debatable (it still looks more like a Slaven Bilic own goal), there is no disputing his ownership of the second. Everything about it had the makings of Arsenal folklore.

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Wednesday
Oct122011

An Arsenal love story


 

BY HAYLEY WRIGHT / @HAYLEYWRIGHT

My grandfather, Billy Wright, captained both Wolverhampton Wanderers and England, so it comes as little surprise that I am often asked what caused me to become an Arsenal fan. While people often forget that grandad Bill was also Arsenal manager for four years, his Highbury connection actually has nothing to do with my allegiance. 

Arsenal supporters have permeated both sides of my family for generations; my other grandad - who is 99 years young - clearly remembers watching Cliff Bastin from the terraces!

In 1972, a young up-and-coming sports journalist and a bank clerk were informed that they had something in common, and so began a correspondence based on a passion for the Gunners.

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Wednesday
Oct122011

Treated on my Highbury debut

BY PAUL SAVILL / @PaulSavillUTA

Arsenal fans are often told that we've been spoilt during the Arsene Wenger reign and maybe that's true. But I've never felt quite as treated as I did on the day of my first visit to Highbury; May 11th 1991, the last game of the season against Coventry City.

The Gunners had wrapped up their second league title in three seasons without kicking a ball just five days earlier, and subsequently celebrated by putting Manchester United to the sword that Bank Holiday evening. As the new Champions were unable to collect their trophy after the 3-1 victory the last day of the season was set to be the real title winning party.

My uncle had snapped up tickets for the East Stand upper a few weeks earlier and as I, an already Arsenal crazy 11-year-old, made my way into the famous old stadium for the first time, I was blown away by the majesty of the place and the electric atmosphere produced by every single red and white clad Gooner.

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Wednesday
Oct122011

Vieira masterclass ruins Hoddle's return

BY SEAN MARLAND / @SEANMARLAND

Before eventually signing the famously-average Juan Sebastien Veron, Sir Alex Ferguson, buoyed by Arsenal’s three year trophy drought, spent much of the summer of 2001 trying to persuade Patrick Vieira to move to Manchester United. It was easy to understand why, the Frenchman was a majestic presence in the heart of Arsene Wenger’s midfield despite the lack of silverware and no more so than in the FA Cup run of that year.

Many will remember the way he totally ran the midfield against Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard in the final (I won’t mention the result), but for a number of reasons his performance in the semi-final against Spurs was more memorable for me.

Watching him tear a (mediocre) Tottenham team a new one was a joy to behold and the sight of him ruling Old Trafford might have been the thing that finally tempted Ferguson to test the water.

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Friday
Oct072011

Childhood memories of Anfield 1989

BY ANDREW ALLEN / @AALLENSPORT

I may only have been six-years-old, but I will never forget the 26th May 1989.

Kitted out in an Umbro replica kit from the early eighties, my whole family and I went to watch the Arsenal-Liverpool title decider at my father's friend's house in Ashford, Middlesex. There were three families of Gooners around the television set that night and I remember it being very crowded.

The match is a blur...what I recall is mostly what I've seen a hundred times in replays, but when Michael Thomas scored I remember rolling around on the ground like it was me who'd got the goal. When the final whistle blew and George Graham's side were crowned Champions, the house went crazy.

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