Date:Sunday November 19 2006
As regular readers of this site know, I'm a keen advocator of the promotion of more vocal fan support in our new home, indeed I found the decision to confiscate a drum from an Arsenal fan sat in the red section completely baffling, but the measures brought into play to create more noise at the recent match with Newcastle were the work of the devil.
The future & indeed the present of Arsenal football club, from a fans perspective, is the kids who attend matches, indeed it was pleasing to see at the Newcastle match yesterday so many keen young Gunners, and not just those sat in the family enclosure.
We need to nuture these kids, and make sure they learn the songs (the clean ones anyway) to ensure the future of Arsenal's fanbase is a noisy one. However, the person who thought up the idea of issuing 'LG Arsenal Thunder Sticks' should be strung up.
We all want a noisy stadium, to make our home at intimidating as possible, and for we Gooners to become the twelth man is paramount, but this noise needs to be uniformed and have some kind of structure and organisation.
The whacking together of two plastic inflatable sticks is not my idea of support.
Maybe I'm being a miserable old sod, or maybe it's because I was sat next to one of these 'Thunder Stick' wheelding children who, on many occasions, proceeded to tonk me on the head when ever said child felt the need to randomly twat these sticks together, but my idea of support is singing, chanting & clapping and not handing out 6000 pieces of plastic to kids, who lets face, always enjoy making a racket.
I believe time would be better spent teaching these kids what following Arsenal is all about, rather than distracting their attention from the game itself by offering the most annoying invention known to man.
So, with regards to the article title, I just wondered if the boys from the Bridge could knock me up one of those threatening letters they so create so often so I may send one to the inventor of 'Thunder Sticks'
No? Ok then.
Date:Sunday November 19 2006
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