Introducing the Gunners Town Crew
Dave Seager – 66 Kicks
Passionate fifty-something Arsenal supporter who has been making the journey to N5 regularly since the early 1980s – although his first game was in 1976. Always passionate when talking about The Arsenal, Dave decided to send a guest blog to Gunnersphere in the summer of 2011 and has not stopped writing about the Gunners since. He set up his own site – 1 Nil Down 2 One Up – in February 2012, and this site is now well established in the busy Arsenal Blogosphere. Dave’s own writing for that site will continue, but he wanted to launch a new site filled with writing talent to offer something fresh and exciting – so he teamed up with some like-minded friends: Gunners Town is that project…
Paul Hepker – “Eye Of The Bat”
Zimbabwe-born Paul (aka Batmandela) recently returned to South Africa after a 16-year stint in Hollywood, where he plied his trade as a film and TV composer. He adopted Arsenal in the mid-80’s, and if it doesn’t start behaving soon he’s going to send it to boarding school. Prone to seeing the world slightly askance, Paul has been blogging about Arsenal for a year now at invinciblog.com. As an ardent Gunner propagandist – he has contributed a number of tongue-in-cheeky images to the Goonerverse – one of which is bound to get him into trouble at some point. He will be pushing pixels for Gunners Town in an irregular column called “Eye Of The Bat”. Bats also spends an inordinate amount of time tweaking websites, and trying to make them behave in ways that weren’t intended. Such as this one.
Alex Baguzin – “The Tsar Cannon”
A student studying international law in Moscow.
Started supporting Arsenal in 2004 (didn’t know at the time Arsenal went the previous season unbeaten, funnily enough). Only started regularly watching games a couple of years back. Been in England just once, in 2008. Seen the Emirates, but wasn’t able to attend a game (I intend to rectify that, though).
Took up blogging some 2 years back, partly inspired by Andrew Mangan, partly to while away the time and relieve my relatives of constant talking about squad and formations.
Ese Agboaye – “A96oaye”
Born and raised in the West Midlands, but grew up as an Arsenal fan through family. I also have an interest in Scottish football, and follow Rangers. When I’m not watching football, I take time to follow rugby.
Sulemana Baako – “Hassan Has It”
Arsenal enthusiast and writer from Ghana. Love all things Arsenal and football. Sharing is caring. This is an opportunity to share my opinion about the game with the rest of the world. Please would you spare some time and read what I have written and also feel free to comment what you think about it. Thanks!
Daniel Baz – “Baz Says”
Daniel is a 27 year-old Arsenal fan from Lebanon. He was born in Orlando, Florida, but grew up -and now resides – in war-torn Beirut. He has a degree in Business Marketing and is currently studying for a FIFA Sports Management Certificate.
Darren Berry – “Season Diary”
I should tell you a bit about myself. I’m not a stat man or a tactical genius, and you certainly won’t hear my opinion on Arsenal Football Club finances. Not that there’s anything wrong with any of that, it’s just not my thing. Don’t get me wrong, some do this very well but, for me, football has always been about what’s on the pitch, watching the game, discussing it over a beer with your mates after, then going into work on Monday morning either gloating or defending your team to the hilt, resisting the temptation to punch the token deluded Tottenham fan in the throat. Oh and my Dad and brothers are all with the Dark Side…
Nick Birch – “Gunner Be Honest”
Having been born in 1984, I’ve experienced Arsenal life before Wenger and therefore, I certainly don’t fear it beyond him. That said, I admire and respect his past achievements at the club. I often get called negative but personally, I prefer the term honest and honesty is something that I pride myself on. I joined Gunners Town after penning several ‘Dear Arsene Wenger’ letters on my Facebook profile and sharing them in Arsenal supporter groups. These were met with praise and the encouragement to start writing my own blog, from fellow Arsenal supporters, who felt my words summed up their own feelings perfectly. So here I am…..
Cannon Calls – “Cannon Calls”
Arsenal fan for 24 years, witnessed the Invincibles and now seeing the team rise again.
Dougie Cazorla – “The Cuse Gooner”
31 year old based in the U.S. I am an elementary school teacher by day whose passion for teaching is only rivaled by a love for the Arsenal. I release a weekly piece each Tuesday that is oftentimes analytical but sometimes eccentric. Founder of the U.S. supporters group Syracuse Gooners (www.cusegooners.com). I enjoy interacting with any and all Arsenal-based opinions on Twitter. Have a younger brother who chose to support Spurs. Fielding suggestions for ways to disown him.
Danny Coyle – “Grampian Gooner”
North Londoner living in exile north of the border. During the week I’m a PE teacher. Other than that my life revolves around travelling home for the Arsenal regularly and away trips.
Joe Dodge-Taylor –“Mighty Gooner”
I am 15 and I have always been a passionate Arsenal supporter. I like to share my thoughts on Arsenal and I am very interested in pursuing a career in sports journalism writing about the beautiful game. I have stuck by the Gunners through the good and bad times but hopefully the future is bright for us Arsenal fans.
Midlands Mighty Gooner.
Ben Draper –“There’s Something About Arsenal”
Huge football fan, Arsenal is my team, love to talk and debate about all things Arsenal, and about football in general. Tweet me @bendraper87 for anything football related, happy to share my views with you!
Nigel Evans –“Old Man Gooner”
Welsh Gooner living on the North Wales coast.
Saw my first game in 1967. We lost 1-0 away to Man Utd and Denis Law & Ian Ure were sent off for fighting. I should have realised then what life would be like as an Arsenal supporter.
@TheGarrison_AFC – “The Champions Section”
Big Arsenal fan, miss Highbury. Huge admirer of Henry & DB. Valencia and Sevilla enthusiast. Like analyzing world football and its tactics.
David Glicksman – “Captain’s Log”
A 32-year-old Arsenal fan with a Gooner wife and two mini-Gooners. I also have a dog but I strongly suspect he favours Portsmouth, (he also votes UKIP, the bastard). I’m a lifelong Arsenal fan. I got my first kit at 3 years old and my dad put a nail in my wall and hung it there rather than in my wardrobe. Mum was furious.
Timothy Hargreaves – “Left Field”
The first time I saw Dennis Bergkamp play was in 1996 – I started following Arsenal properly in 1998 after the World Cup. When Arsenal then signed Thierry Henry, a player I had seen in that World Cup win by France, as well as already having Vieira and Petit there, plus several English stars like Tony Adams, Martin Keown and David Seaman, just cemented Arsenal as the club for me. There was very little football coverage in South Africa during the 1990s as rugby was (and still is) the dominant sport here.
I was not really ushered in any specific direction in terms of which club to support – I chose Arsenal myself. It’s only over the last 3 years that I have been able to watch matches regularly – we get excellent TV coverage of European football now and I try to watch all Arsenal matches live.
Kane Hopps- “The Idiot’s Insight”
25, from Essex. Season ticket holder since 1998. Home and Away week in, week out. The “Idiot” with the banner. Only ever want the best for our club. Some say pessimist, I say realist.
James Howson – “The Beautiful Pain”
I got into football as a kid watching Italian football in the afternoons and ever since I’ve been hooked on tactics and the continental side of the game. I’ve written about Italian football in the past among other things but now it’s time to write about, the embodiment of how I see the beautiful game, Arsenal. Hopefully writing things and opinions about the game you haven’t seen before, I like a bit of a joke too.
Omar Hasan Khan – “Omar’s Give and Go”
Started supporting the club under dubious circumstances in ’97 but have never looked back since. I’ve only seen the Wenger era but continuously try to learn more about the history of the club. The Gunners’ results have affected my mood for every weekend for years now, I won’t go into details, but let’s just say I didn’t want to sleep the night we beat Barca! I reminisce about Henry every few weeks while Cesc’s wonderful passes play through my head every now and then! Hleb’s dribbles to Overmars’ speed always bring a smile, and I hope our current crop will stay a while.
Gary Lawrence – “Highbury Heroes”
First went to Highbury in ’66. Season ticket holder since ’76. Love The Arsenal. Need I say more?
Marble Halls TV – “Marble Halls”
MarbleHallsTV is an Arsenal social media account on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. Been a Gooner since the 90s, inspired by Ian Wright, then Bergkamp, Vieira, Henry, Pires, Campbell, Rosicky, Koscielny, Ozil and Sanchez. A digital marketer/entrpreneur by profession, born in UK living in the Americas now.
Mike McDonald – “2 Or 3 More?”
Former Highbury regular. Moved to TN, USA in ’99. Married with 3 kids. Coached in UK and US for 27 years.
Mike McDonald Soccer Academy in Morristown TN, Olympic Development coach, Regional Premier League Champion.
I think Arsene Wenger has fooled us. It’s slowly unraveling. Wish it would accelerate!
Joe McPhee – “Short Back And Sides”
A lifelong Gunner in his late 20s, Joe can just about remember Bruce Rioch and insisting that his dad took him to away games because he had the lightning blue away kit. Quickly grew up to love Highbury and thanks the Arsenal squads of 1998-2005 for making schoolyard banter a delightful experience. Joe quit his job as a teacher last summer to work in the fantasy sports games industry and writes simply because he enjoys it.
Faisal Mohammed – “The Faisal Mohammed Report”
I am a 21 year old from Ghana in West Africa. I strongly believe I fell in love with The Arsenal in 2000 after watching that heartbreaking loss in Liverpool, thanks to the now pestiferous pundit Michael Owen. Or maybe, I love The Arsenal because Gunner rhymes with the name of my country. Shrug. I am an avid supporter of Monsieur Wenger and still see him as a visionary. Also, I believe the result must not always trump the means and glory days on the European stage are just a few steps away. Thanks to all who take time out to visit and read..
Awolowo Olumide – “Connecting The Dots”
A young Nigerian columnist who loves to spot a hidden link. There’s no such thing as coincidence in football. Massive fan of The Arsenal and a little obsessed with tactics.
Clive Palmer – “Clive P’s Points”
AFC fan of 37 years. Grew up in Luton wishing I grew up in Upper Street and could just not get enough of AFC and the area. I was a child influenced by Charlie George but it got serious for me was in the Liam Brady, Graham Rix and Paul Davis era’s. Home and Away fan in times gone by – More selective on games today due to prices and middle age. Priorities – I now watch my 12 year old son play Academy football which gives me a more holistic view of the coaching aspect of the game. I study players the profile of players in relation to squad and team building. I want Arsenal to be as big as we are. My Hero – Vieira Happiest Day – Copenhagen v Parma Saddest Day – Paris 06 & Cfc in the CL quarter Finals 2004 Biggest wish – Wenger to win again and for the gap between the fans and the club to narrow. The best days are ahead.
Callum Perritt – “Cal’s Corner”
I’m a 24-year-old Brit currently residing in Toronto, Canada, having spent most of my life living just north of London. Having a Scottish father meant I grew up a Celtic fan but I chose to support Arsenal as well not long after the club moved to the Emirates Stadium. Whilst I spend plenty of time writing about the club, I’m also one of the co-founders of The Gooner Ramble podcast which I host from time-to-time.
Graham Perry – “Arsenal Circular”
My name is Graham Perry and I have been a lifelong Arsenal supporter since 1952 when I saw the ten men in red shirts hold out heroically until the 84th minute at Wembley.
The Arsenal thing was confirmed by a meeting with Alex James during Easter 1953. As with most of us it is a family thing with my father always waxing eloquent about the Chapman years.
I am married with four children and five grandchildren. I have been a solicitor in a legal aid practice and have just stepped down after 13 years as an Immigration Judge.
Arsenal is in the blood. The goals and the excitement matter but so does the Community thing and sharing Arsenal with friends and family over so many years.
Want nothing more than to see Wenger hold aloft the Premier League Trophy again.
Petit’s Ponytail – “Petit’s Ponytail”
Red member and 28-year-old engineer from Dorset. My life’s biggest regret is never going to Highbury. I try to attend as many games as possible. I’ve always had a love of Arsenal left wings, starting with Overmars, through Pires and Nasri, right up to Alexis. I don’t have an agenda: I just write about the game and club I love as I see it.
Andrea Rosati – “Clock End Italia”
I’m a 33 year-old Italian boy currently based in Switzerland and I recently started my own blog (www.clockenditalia.com) after some experiences with Italian websites and football magazines. I am always willing to debate about the Arsenal and I am delighted to be part of Gunners Town, bringing my own views about the Premier League, the Champions League and the (sad to say this) declining Serie A. I spent several years watching the once-exciting Serie A before discovering the Gunners when they played and defeated my hometown Club in Copenhaghen in May 1994. I never looked back since, supporting the Club during glory days and even more in the past nine years.
Sohum Sen – “Sohum’s Star Man”
Sohum Sen is a half Bengali-half Gujarati Gooner from Kolkata, India. He lives the highs and lows with Arsenal and has a soft spot for Wenger. The things he loves most in the world are as follows- his little sister, his girlfriend and the Arsenal. Always available for a good debate, he fancies himself as a bit of a philosopher and as a tactician. He happens to be studying for a degree in Electrical Engineering, while simultaneously dreaming of writing a blog. He hopes to be a ST holder one day.
Brad Smith – “Arsenal View”
40-something Surrey-based Gooner. Passionately supporting The Arsenal since the 80’s.
John Smith – “Smooth Talking Smith”
John Smith is a lifelong Arsenal FC fan from London, England. He admires players such as Dennis Bergkamp and has a passion for writing.
Victor Thompson – “Who Is Victor Thompson?”
A sophisticated articulate Arsenal Man of Mystery. Aged 70 and a bit.
Steve Wellman – “Far Side View”
Steve Wellman. The Sunday Morning Gooner.
Gooner since mid 70’s. Sun Dream Team Winner ’97. Season Ticket holder since ’06. Sydneysider since ’09. Welcome to my world, Step right through the door, If you like it here, Please stay & read some more…