Give Us A ‘C’: Arsenal Alternative Alphabet

And so we move on to the ‘C’ words in our alternative Arsenal Alphabet.

C is for:


We Arsenal fans have been blessed with a simply wonderful pair of Charlies: first, there was Charlie George – an Islington boy who went from terrace tearaway to Wembley wonder. The picture of him lying on the turf with his arms in the air after scoring in the 1971 FA Cup Final is one of the most enduring Arsenal images of all time. Our second Charlie is Charlie Nicholas, the mercurial, genius Scot whose goals clinched us the first trophy of the George Graham era (he scored a brace against Liverpool in the 1987 League Cup Final). Sadly his love of the high life soon grated with disciplinarian Graham and he was on his way not long after that Final. However he’s still very fondly remembered by the supporters.


Whenever we need a laugh all we need to do is glance up the Seven Sisters Road and look at their ludicrous club crest: a chicken standing on a basketball.


How many great moments have been shared by the faithful beneath the Clock End at Highbury? The only mystery about the clock is why it took the club so long to figure out that they should install it at the new ground when we moved to Ashburton Grove. At least they got there in the end.


There was a story put about that, when the stadium was being built, a construction worker who supported the Spuds buried a Totteringham shirt somewhere on the site in an attempt to curse us. Given the shaky start to our trophy efforts at the Grove some Gooners even began to give credence to this tale. Well, the FA Cup win over Hull should put paid to that nonsense. The buried Spud shirt had all the efficacy that Spud shirts normally have – namely none.


If only, if only… how many times in recent years have we wondered what might have been if our key players had managed to stay out of the treatment room? Our injury record is simply appalling and I really hope that dealing with this recurring problem is a priority this summer. Although the portents are not good: apparently we’ve agreed a three year deal for Mr Bump, while we have also made an official bid for Humpty Dumpty.


Poor, poor Cashley Hole. He could have been an Arsenal lifetime legend, instead he almost crashed his car because of our terrible pay offer of 60 grand a week, held illegal meetings with The Special Needs One and decamped to Chav Towers, lured by filthy luchre and the attraction of the club’s impressive three year history. Now the Chavs don’t want him any more and he’s trying to find a new club. He needs to start calling up his contacts… now where did he put that mobile phone?

OK, over to you for your own C Word contributions…


91 Responses to Give Us A ‘C’: Arsenal Alternative Alphabet

  1. arnie says:

    ha ha ha great stuff Rocky. Crocks, indeed. 🙂

    Chas for me always brings a smile. 🙂

  2. arnie says:

    Aha, FIRST and 2nd. 🙂

  3. Fantastic Rocky, thank you, a ‘C’ will no doubt encourage another Cesc discussion …….. bring him home 😉

  4. arnie says:

    Cliff: sadly departed, but forever in our memories!

  5. arnie says:

    Yes, bring Cesc home indeed! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    C for COYG and COYRRG. 🙂

  6. LBG says:

    Campbell, Kevin. Unassuming, tree-trunk legs, in awe of Wrighty and better than he thought.
    Cliff ‘the Boy’ Bastin.

  7. Shard says:

    Cardiff: Arsenal the kings of the Millenium Stadium.

    Which is where we won our last trophy… I got that wrong didn’t I? Remind me again when we last won a trophy?

  8. Big Raddy says:

    Class. We have it, the Chavs don’t.

    Community. AFC were one of the first clubs to become actively involved in the Islington and later AFC community worldwide. Health visits, training days, kids days etc etc. All voluntary and all valuable.

    Charity. Support the Willow Foundation.

    Comprehensive. AFC vs THFC Pl 3 W3 D0 L0

  9. Big Raddy says:

    If you have not seen chas’s vid form this morning here it is again. IMO it is emotional viewing

  10. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi Rocky,

    Great series thank you.

    My first C is for Chas our video specialist.
    He’s made so many of my articles come to life with his thoughtful contributions – thank you Chas!

    This morning is a Classic example of his incredible contributions “Over Land and Sea” just proves how many of us true red and white Gunners simply love our team, no matter where we now live our passion never Ceases To have a video accounting and record of those special moments is Classic.

    Please. please Create an archive Peaches.

    More C’s later……………….

  11. Hi all

    I’ve made a new page under our banner ‘FA Cup 2014 pics and videos’ feel free to add your favourite pics and videos from our victory.

  12. The Over Land and Sea is already in there 🙂

  13. LB says:

    C is obviously for Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri

  14. VCC says:

    “now where did he put that mobile phone”? Classic……with the vibrator on. 😉

  15. arnie says:

    Cutch and Crench respectively! 😛

  16. LB says:

    Who would have thought that during all that time that Mauricio Pochettino was working at Southampton he managed some how to keep the fact secret that his mother had been working in the sex industry.

    Well that all changed yesterday………………

  17. chas says:

    Excellent, Rocky.
    I particularly enjoyed the Cashley section. 🙂
    I’ve also heard that Humpty Dumpty might be that beast of a DM we’ve been looking for.

    Thanks for the name checks, arnie and GN5.
    All I do is post stuff on here that I like myself, assuming other Gooners will also appreciate. Really nice to be appreciated though, even if Micky thinks I’m a bit crude.

  18. chas says:

    LB 🙂

  19. Norfolk Gooner says:

    C is for Cup, The Football Association Challenge Cup variety. The waiting is over at last!

    Great post Rocky.

    Chas, Over Land Over Sea, Magnificant!!

  20. chas says:

    LB, you also beat me to ‘C’ is for front bottom.

    Adrian Durham
    Piers capital ‘M’ small ‘organ’
    Patrice Evra
    Ruud van Nistelburger
    Teddy Sheringham
    Graham Roberts
    Justin Edinburgh
    Daniel Levy
    ok, most players who have ever played for or had any association with the spuds
    Phil Dowd
    that ref who looks like Jasper Carrot
    Mike Riley
    that ref who booked a player 3 times in the same game
    any Arse fan that boos
    Tim Payton
    Sepp Bladder
    Michel Platypus
    Most of the late 60s early 70s Leeds side
    Michael Owen
    all of the BBC MOTD team
    Clyde Tildesley
    George Burley
    Tony Cascarino

  21. Happy Bear says:

    LB!! you are so naughty

  22. chas says:

    ‘C’ is for Chelsea 2002 in Cardiff – one of the happiest days of my life.

  23. Happy Bear says:

    Rocky – fabulous!! Are you going to go all the way ‘Z’? That’s our summer made up!
    Chiken was my favourite 🙂 and Ashley

  24. Happy Bear says:

    chamakh, carlos vela and soon that geezer that DidIt is chasing cavallio?

    C for camp Chas

  25. chas says:

    Oi, watch it Happy.

    Random video time……….

  26. chas says:

  27. arnie says:

    Chas: that reminds me. C is for the “crude” motning crew! 😛

  28. Happy Bear says:

    ooooooh, Robert, super Rob, yum yum! But I love Aaron and Santi more, they are gorgeous

    what’s up Chas – you did go camping, no? Like the cowboys in the Brokeback Mountain 🙂

  29. chas says:

    ‘C’ is for Crystals, he knows how a match is going to pan out, so can write the match review before the game has happened.

  30. arnie says:

    as well as Crystals 2.0. Crystals IN, Crystals 2 OUT! 😛

  31. Big Raddy says:

    chas. Who was the ultimate front-bottom+

    For me an easy winner is Teddy Sheringham.

    Never took to ….
    Alan Shearer or
    Stevie Me.
    Fat Frank Lampard,
    Joe Cole.
    That twat at Stoke
    Joey Barton
    Crazy Horse Emlyn Hughes
    Clive Allen
    The numbskull who did Diaby

    I could continue and probably will …

  32. arnie says:

    Ultimate front-bottom? For me, one Alan Hansen of 26may1989 fame! 😛

  33. arnie says:

    C stands for Santi! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  34. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Happy Bear, I think Chas’s camping experience was more like the beans scene from Blazing Saddles. 😀

    C is for the next trophy, The Community Shield, Sunday 10th August.

  35. GunnerN5 says:

    C stands for CRITICS who can Choke on their opinions of our Club

  36. The cupboard is almost bare ………… need lots of posts people…

  37. Happy Bear says:

    arnie, of course!!! C for Santi, how could I forget??

    Norfolk – baked beans? I wouldn’t if I was Chas, not very romantic

  38. GunnerN5 says:

    C is for Classic.
    Us v Spurs in Champions league qualification.

    PL finishing position.

    1st season ending.
    2nd Champs
    3rd Chumps
    4th difference in positions.

    1993 – 10 – 8 – -2
    1994 – 4 – 15 – 11
    1995 – 12 – 7 – -5
    1996 – 5 – 8 – 3
    1997 – 4 – 10 – 6
    1998 – 1 – 14 – 13
    1999 – 2 – 11 – 10
    2000 – 2 – 10 – 8
    2001 – 2 – 12 – 10
    2002 – 1 – 9 – 8
    2003 – 2 – 10 – 8
    2004 – 1 – 14 – 13
    2005 – 2 – 9 – 7
    2006 – 4 – 5 – 1
    2007 – 4 – 5 – 1
    2008 – 3 – 11 – 8
    2009 – 4 – 8 – 4
    2010 – 3 – 4 – 1
    2011 – 4 – 5 – 1
    2012 – 3 – 4 – 1
    2013 – 4 – 5 – 1
    2014 – 4 – 6 – 2
    Avg – 4 – 9 – 5

  39. GunnerN5 says:

    Oops 1999 should be 2nd = Careless

  40. GunnerN5 says:

    Come on Chaps help the lady out and avoid her Carping.

  41. Big Raddy says:

    More front-bottoms

    Harry Redknapp
    His idiot Son
    Jimmy Bullard
    Stewart Robson
    Mark Hughes

  42. Big Raddy says:

    Gn5. Your 5.20 makes for beautiful reading

    Thank you

  43. If you haven’t noticed I’ve made a new page for our favourite pics and videos from the FA Cup 2014 ……. you can find it under the banner.

  44. I’ve changed it for you GN5 🙂

  45. What’s the news on Sagna today?

  46. Rasp says:

    Afternoon all, my favourite C is for Class ….. you can’t buy it 😛

  47. arnie says:

    Signals from Sagna are CRYPTIC at best, but I dont like the idea of Jenks speaking to the press. Maybe it is all CRITIC-speak!

  48. GunnerN5 says:

    Peaches thank you.

  49. GunnerN5 says:

    Trivia question.

    In the history of the PL how many different teams have finished in the top 4 positions?

    I know – who Cares?

  50. Rasp says:

    Hi GN5, why don’t you write a trivia quiz for us? Apparently there is only one club in the football league that doesn’t have any of the letters of ‘mackerel/ in it …. I’m buggered if I can figure it out?

  51. GunnerN5 says:

    Swindon Town

    Come on Rasp at least you could make them challenging!

  52. GunnerN5 says:

    I will create a trivia quiz.

    20 Questions at a time.

  53. Big Raddy says:

    No-one mentioned that OG scored twice for France last night and his first was a cracker.

  54. GunnerN5 says:

    C is for Cracker……………..

  55. I give you Girooouuuudddd

  56. Wooaahhhhh that was Giroud hahahahaha 😆

  57. He loves to score the hard ones 🙂

  58. His second was pretty good too …………..

  59. chas says:

    Post sent to nuts.

    Apols to Cockie in advance for the photos.

  60. chas says:

    Wow, those Giroud goals are superb.

    Someone on LG right now is saying, ‘ I wish he hadn’t scored those. It’ll give Wegner a chance to say we don’t need another striker’.

  61. LB says:

    Oliie is definitely getting better and better.

    Who were France playing? Was it Norway? Hmmm.

  62. Happy Bear says:

    there are 2 Girouds, ours cannot score

  63. GunnerN5 says:

    Rasp, Peaches,

    I’ve emailed you a trivia quiz.

  64. Happy Bear says:

    C is for Cretins from Claim compensation company who phone and ARGUE with me that the accident wasn’t my fault and that I had passengers who can claim compensation. They were foreign so I am not sure how much of the abuse they understood

  65. Happy Bear says:

    who is David??

  66. chas says:

  67. arnie says:

    2 forwards makes a big difference. 🙂

  68. Big Raddy says:

    Watching Denmark vs Sweden in a friendly and Kim Kallstromm just came through the back of Christian Eriksen almost cutting him in half.

    Good to see he got a proper education on how to deal with Spurs players!

    And he only got a yellow card 😀

  69. GunnerN5 says:

    Thank you oh mystery person.

  70. chas says:

    Ultimate front bottom-wise, I’d go with Sheringham when he was playing.
    If I had to vote now, I might even go for Stewart Robson, a tosseur supreme. His hatred of Arsenal runs so deep because he was dumped not once, but twice. Parasites live off their host but also want their host to survive; he is beneath even that level of existence. I don’t like him.

  71. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Chas. I would have to agree. Robson is beneath contempt because he presents himself an even handed and the general public only know that he is “ex-Arsenal”.

    Though Shawcross and Evra aren’t far behind.

    About now Didit’s butler will be bringing him his breakfast while the nanny wakes the children. The footman will be making sure the peacocks move off the driveway in order for one of the chauffeurs to get the Bentley ready for the school run

  72. Big Raddy says:

    Where are the morning crew?

    Even kelsey is dozing.

  73. Morning all

    Thanks for the post chas, I’ve got a physiotherapy appointment this morning so haven’t time to sort all your photos for today’s post but it will get used.

    We have a quiz from GunnerN5 for today, so thank you to him too.

  74. arnie says:

    Motning all.

    Yes, Raddy, the returns from the motning crew has been weak of late.

    Since becoming a grandad Raddy has been quietly contemplative, Chas has been working on his camp, Micky packing and unpacking boxes, Kelsey’s crystals are idle with no more games this season, Evonne substituted her afternoon siesta with a late morning lie in, and Redders has too many ManUre fans to deal with since moving to Manchester. 😛

  75. arnie says:

    Eto’o rumours gaining force. Nothing like some transfer speculation to start a day. 😛

  76. JM says:

    Fabianski joins Swansea City.

  77. arnie says:

    Good luck to Fabianski, top guy! 🙂

  78. Happy Bear says:

    what’s the rumour about eto’o? cannot stand him, hope he gets a transfer to hell

    Raddy – Hank Marvin was on BBC this morning, he looks younger than chas

  79. Happy Bear says:

    oh no, my Fab gone?

  80. arnie says:

    Eto’o released by Chavs, his agent going around the press saying that he wants to come to Arsenal to punish Maureen for releasing him. 😛

  81. Happy Bear says:

    arnie – really? his agent can think again. We do not need anybody rolling on the pitch, thank you very much. I’d rather we resigned Bendtner than have eto’cheat

  82. arnie says:

    Evonne: 🙂 🙂 who knows what happens in the silly (transfer) season?

  83. arnie says:

    Raddy: forgot to say, fantastic description of Micky’s morning chores. 😛

  84. Happy Bear says:

    I missed that one Raddy, very funny. And what are DidIts doing during that time?

  85. Big Raddy says:

    HB. They are being dressed by their attendants of course 😀

    I would take Eto’o. He is a great player who for little money would add to our squad but we will not buy a granddad. I expect him to play in the USA

  86. Happy Bear says:

    BR 🙂

    Wenger doesn’t really do power subs. Eto’o would be useless to us

  87. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning all, Nice one Rocky, What a blinding idea this was, Had me thinking and i must admit many have come up with some good C words. I have to say that the first C that came to mind, i just couldn’t say on a family blog but the second was controversy. Referee’s decisions have done my head in for years. Watching the club i love losing finals in the past over controversial decisions have scarred me, and i am still fuming at them all.

  88. I’m back …………..

    We have a New Post ………………

  89. Peter says:

    Look what he did to Guardiola for Real Madrid

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