It's Bradford City Away! Yes!
It`s been a fantastic week in the league cup. We saw our miraculous game against Reading, Spurs crash out at Norwich, a great game at the Bridge and Liverpool lose at home to Swansea.
The week was made even better last night as Arsenal were draw away to Bradford City in the quarter finals of the cup. Not only is this a fantastic opportunity to progress to the semi-finals, but on a personal level it gives me the chance to take my 5 year old son to his first Arsenal game.
Since the day the we found out my wife was pregnant he became the most important thing in my life, so much so I gave up my fortnightly trips to London to see my beloved Gunners in order to save money (trains, coaches, beers burgers and match tickets every other week really adds up!), and going to see The Arsenal became something of a treat I was able to experience only a couple of times per season.
When the little monkey arrived I promised myself I`d never force my beliefs and passions on to him, leaving him to make his own choices, but fortunately for me he grew to love football and followed in his daddy`s footsteps in becoming a Gooner.
My plan always was to wait till he was 5 or 6 before taking him to his first Arsenal game, I didn`t want to spend hundreds of pounds getting him to London only to find he was bored after 15 minutes so I tested the water by taking him to a couple of matches to see our local team …. Bradford City.
Indeed if Arsenal weren`t playing or I couldn`t get to the game, I spent many a happy afternoon stood on the terraces of the Valley Parade Kop watching the likes of Chris Kamara, Dean Richards, Paul Jewell and Sean McCarthy, so I have a bit of a soft spot for Bantams.
It`s a great game for The Arsenal, a tremendous day for Bradford City, but even more momentous is that it`ll be my son`s first Arsenal match, a day I`ve been waiting for for a very long time.
Thanks for listening to my self-indulgent ramble!