Apologies to non regulars, but on this matchless Boxing Day (thanks a lot London Underground staff!) this is a little festive offering in praise of the motley bunch of characters who make blogging on AA such a comfort and joy throughout the year.
Normal service will be resumed tomorrow.
So with no further ado, I am pleased to present the Arsenal Arsenal Christmas Concert, at which the following timeless favourites will be performed:
God Bless Ye Terry, Mental Man
No matter how dire the performances, no matter how gloomy the outlook, we have always been able to rely on Terry popping up to remind us that the ghosts of his underpants are stirring and glory awaits for Arsenal. Thankyou Terry.
Those flowing silver locks must surely make the sound of sleigh bells when Kelsey is skipping across the bowling green with gay abandon…
Rudolph The Red Arsed Reindeer
“Will you guide my sleigh tonight?” asked Santa.
“Affirmative,” replied RudeArse. “Verily I will coxswain your hibernal perambulator this eventime.”
“Eh?” said Santa.
When A Child Is Born
For GiE, of course!
He’ll be the loudest Dad in the schoolyard.
A Fairytale of New York
For our Johnnie, keeping the flame alive among the New World Philistines.
I Saw Irish Kissing Santa Claus
She had no idea it was really Chas in a fake beard and 1971 home shirt.
Chas Nuts Roasting On An Open Fire
After Irish found out.
Dan Dan Merrily On High
Shock news: our veteran Blogger hits the spliffs…
While Sheep Hagger Watched His Flock By Night
See – even the relative newcomers to AA get a mention! Welcome to the blog Sheep – you have brought us many smiles already and long may it continue. Just get ready for Peaches gently suggesting you might like to write a Headline Post. Then not-so-gently suggesting it…
Raspin Around The Christmas Tree
What can I say? Let’s hear it for the old rocker who keeps this site bopping all year long…
In The Peach Midwinter
All is bleak and frozen… until someone agrees to write a match report and the sunshine returns. Thanks for giving us this playground to play in Peaches.
The First Big Al The Angels Did Say
Was for a certain poor Gooner in fields far away.
Living in Thailand for the “climate and the food,” eh Big Al? Yeah, right. We believe you.
O Little Town of Brig-le-ham
Somewhere up in Scotland, if memory serves me well. Is that right Brigham?
O Come O Come Evonnnuel
I’m not explaining this one. Even at Christmas.
Do They Know It’s Charybdis?
Once he starts laying into the purple conked Gorbalian they certainly do.
Like the Rough Legged Buzzard and the Barnacle Goose, Wonderman is only an occasional winter visitor but it’s always nice to see him.
For Sharkey and 26May… who have been uncharacteristically quiet lately. Come on boys, we want to hear from you.
Mullet of Kintyre
Soon dealt with by our very own Prince of the Scissors, Mr GoonerMichael.
Have Yourself A Micky Didit Christmas
Which basically entails lots of smoked meat, healthy moorland walks and not making eye contact with the in-laws.
Joy To The Shard
Another of our super-positive Gunners this year.
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Glicmas
Which basically means it’s X Rated. Sorry kids.
Mistletoe and Slime
As a newlywed, our Slim Ginger Gooner is going to be making full use of that mistletoe. Best not go into the slime bit though…
Christmas AA Alphabet
Season’s greetings to LB, PPP, VCC, JM, GN5, Kgooner, GoonerB and everyone else with a capital identity.
I Saw Three Ships
For Richie, who spends half his life swanning around the Med. And must have seen a sight more than three ships while doing so.
Which usually consist of reminding us all to keep our perspective after a bad result. Big Raddy has seen it all, done most of it and married several of it.
The Little Donald Boy
WeeDonald has been an interesting addition to AA this year. A feisty little fellow, but as stout hearted as Terry in his support of our great manager.
FrOZty The Snowman
He may be Down Under, but Oz is always an “upper” on AA.
Santa Claus, Is Tony Cummings In Town?
Santa: “No – he’s gone to Malta.”
The Double98 Days of Christmas
The world’s longest Christmas song: “On the 98th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… one Champions League title, two ‘worldie’ signings, three players mended etc etc.”
Angels: “We Have Herb On High”
“And he keeps insisting that Chapman was the best Arsenal manager ever.”
Peace on Earth
For Buddhist Steve: stay chilled Steve, stay chilled…
All I Want For Christmas
Is a Carol with a title that provides a pun for Jonathan, ArsenalForever, Goonerjake, Neamann, Adrian, Reddawn, Carlito, Tomstoned, Barum and anyone else I’ve forgotten.
Happy Boxing Day fellow AA-ers.