Give Us An ‘E’: Alternative Arsenal Alphabet

“Give us an E…” I bet you haven’t heard that phrase since you were in Ibiza in the 90s.

But today it is simply the next installment in our Alternative Arsenal Alphabet.

As always, please remember the ‘alternative’ bit – which means there’s nothing too obvious like “E is for Eboue.”

Please make your own suggestions in the comments below.


We have had some great nights in Europe but I can’t help feeling that, over the years, we have punched below our weight as a European force. Not in terms of appearances and presence (our consistent qualification for the Champions League is an achievement much undervalued by some supporters) but in terms of trophies. We have managed to acquire only the Cup Winners Cup in 1994 and the Fairs Cup in 1970. We’ve had a few losing finals along the way but, as they say, second place is first loser. By contrast the Chavs have managed to acquire one Champions League trophy (admittedly they were the worst team ever to win that particular competition), one Europa League and two Cup Winners’ Cups. Even the poor little Spuds have more European silverware than us (two UEFA Cups and one Cup Winners Cup). All the while we qualify for the CL there is only one Euro trophy we can possibly win – and it’s about time it was added to our CV.

East Stand

For the last 10 years or so before we moved to the new stadium my season ticket was in the Upper East Stand at Highbury – and it was a very special place. The Clock End and the North Bank certainly made the most noise, but the Upper East was a great place for characters. From the ageing rock promoter to a bunch of hooligans who were all old Harrovians and the world’s loudest cabbie, no game went by without laughter and banter. Unlike the West Stand where, as far as I could tell, people just dozed through entire games, the atmosphere in the Upper East could get quite heated from time to time and we would regularly get a round of applause from the Clock End when we stirred ourselves into action.

Empty Seats

All grounds have empty seats from time to time. The Chavs can’t even fill their crappy stadium for important European nights. But the empty seats at The Emirates have become something of a bugbear for fans – thanks entirely to the ludicrous “attendance announcements” made during the games. When you’re sitting in an obviously 80% full stadium it’s just embarrassing when the announcer bellows out that today’s attendance is 61,176. As I haven’t been regularly for a couple of seasons, perhaps someone can tell me whether they are still doing that. (And yes, I know they are basing it on season tickets, but they claim to be announcing how many people are in attendance, not how many seats have been sold. They are often very different figures).


And speaking of the stadium, I find it funny that some people still can’t bring themselves to call our new home The Emirates Stadium. You’ll hear people talk about Ashburton Grove or The Grove, but not the E word. Personally I think sponsorship is the way of modern sports and there’s not much we can do about it. Suffice to say that the club would not have been able to build the new ground without the funds that were supplied by Emirates at the time. The stadium has their name on it because they paid for the privilege.


No, not the North London borough, but the comedian Harry Enfield, who was responsible for this wonderful homage to the traditions of Arsenal:


The Number of FA Cups we have won in our history – joint top with Manchester United. Ah… how nice to think back to that day at a Wembley just a few weeks ago… Altogether now: “What did she wear?”




83 Responses to Give Us An ‘E’: Alternative Arsenal Alphabet

  1. arnie says:

    Brilliant, Rocky. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Evonne and Eddie Hapgood.

  2. arnie says:

    FIRST, and erm, second. 🙂

  3. arnie says:

    Exile …. the gentle giant GK. 🙂

  4. arnie says:

    our EFFING EXCITING style of play

  5. arnie says:

    our EXHILARATING game makes us feel ECSTATIC and ELATED!

  6. arnie says:

    euphoric enraptured exaltant

  7. arnie says:

    ok, 7 in a row. 😛 have to run, back laters. 🙂

  8. MickyDidIt89 says:

    E for Electricity

    Heaps of the stuff inside Totnum Managers.

    Thing is, they wear man made fibre clothing which builds up enormous amounts of static through frantic movement. Being wearers of plastic shoes, they are not earthed and consequently vast quantities of voltage surges within. This is electricity.

  9. arnie says:

    E is for England.

    The country that gave us the beaitiful game

    And the England team, rubbish in World Cup, but so damned what? they fight hard and play an honest game. 🙂

  10. arnie says:

    The English FA, made the first rules, still one of the main custodians of the game, Arsenal was strongly influential for stting it up

    A bit iffy of late, cannot deal with the centre of the game having moved elsewhere in the world. Latin America first, and increasingly Africa and Asia.

  11. arnie says:

    The English culture and tradition, great footballing culture, but taken over by yobs to some extent, on the mend, but ….

    some of the banter on Qatar is plain raci$t.

  12. arnie says:

    The English EPL, the best football league (arguably) in the world!!!!!

  13. Norfolk Gooner says:

    E is for Eee baa gum Arnie lad, thee’s tha only one on yer today. 😀

  14. goonermichael says:

    Extra time

  15. arnie says:

    Brilliant vids, Rocky and Micky. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  16. arnie says:

    Norfolk. 🙂 What can one do? Where is everyone?

  17. Norfolk Gooner says:

    I don’t know Arnie, and now I’m not here any longer, the long, long grass of the lawns is calling to me.

    Onr man went to mow, went to mow the meadow. 😀

  18. stevepalmer1 says:

    Afternoon all,
    Euphoria, and that’s just for the post, Enfield sketch Brilliant, well sorted Rockyboy. elated

    Spent all night on the bank fishing, or should i say sleeping, don’t know why i bother. Exhausted. :).

  19. GunnerN5 says:

    Entertained by arnie = 19 comments to date 14 from arnie.

  20. arnie says:

    GN5: entertained, enthralled, or is it exasperated/ enraged? 😛

    Effort is evident, even if somewhat limited in its extent! 🙂

  21. arnie says:

    BTW, GN5, your posts motivated me to try and find cigarette cards for Bob John and Eddie Hapgood. They are in the post now, and should reach my Michigan address soon. 🙂

    Cannot thank you enough for your posts! 🙂 🙂

  22. LBG says:

    E- Elegant – Brady, of course, Bergkamp, Henry, Pires, Eastham.
    – Eden – place of great happiness, aka Emirates. Spoilt only by some female called Eve.
    – EIGHTY NINE – MickyDidIt.

  23. Eddie says:

    thank you arnie! Rocky forgot all about me 😦 mind you, he didn’t mention you either, so I guess it is ok I suppose

    Rocky – very amusing indeed, love the alternative alphabet

    e is for Emirates, Emmanuels, end of 8 year draugh

  24. The Cockie Monster says:

    einra : arnie spelt backwards !.

    Erection : Who needs Viagra when you`re an Arsenal supporter !.

    Ejaculation : I cant have been the only one when Ramsey`s goal won us the FA Cup !…………fair enough, I might have been the only one in PC World at the time !.

    Execution : If Wenger lets Cesc go to Chavs and we don’t buy someone better !………he will have high voltage electrode`s attached to his Jacobs Cream Crackers and laid in the centre circle at the Emirates and sniffer can turn on the water sprinklers !.

    Easy : Beating the Spuds !.

    Eclipse : Total Eclipse of N17…..caused by natures shadow of a bigger club !.

    Effluent : The delusional shit that comes out of a Spuds mouth, which also causes …Effluvium Effluvia : Bad Breathed Spuditis !.

    Egg : Perennial condition on Spud faces !.

    Eighteen Eighty Six : In my time zone and calendar it`s not 2014 AD…it`s 128 AD ( After Dial square ).

    Embryos : The youngest they start them at Arsenal`s academy !.

    Encyclopaedic Man : Redders !.

    Enema : No need for these on Squeaky Bum Sundays !.

    Epoch : Multiply this by 1 Zillion and you a rough idea how long the Spuds have waited for a title !.

    Eternal : Our Shadow over N17 !.

    Excruciating : The pain of being a Spud !.

    Exodus : Spuds leaving the stadium very early in Arsenal games !.

  25. RockyLives says:

    Hello All

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    And thanks Arnie – singlehandedly giving the blog a veneer of respectability 🙂

  26. GunnerN5 says:

    E = Enough of the “Expert” opinions.

  27. arnie says:

    Emoticons: where would we be without them? 🙂 😛 and so on!

  28. GunnerN5 says:

    E is for Exhausted. Mrs GN5 and myself are only just watching The Game of Thrones. we watched all of Season 1 in 3 evenings.

    GN5Jnr is going to load seasons 2 through 4 on our box..
    We are a tad late but feel Extremely Entertained.

  29. Big Raddy says:

    Envious. The Chavs – No history.

    Education. The youth team.

    Enslaved. My addiction to AFC

    Excellence. From Alex James to Liam and Thierry

    Expensive. Ozil

    Eager. Jack Wilshere

  30. RockyLives says:

    Season 1?

    You’ve got some real treats in store…

  31. arnie says:

    Eellogofusciouhipoppokunurious : life as an Arsenal fan and an AA enthusiast. 😛

  32. chas says:

    Cheers, Rocky.
    Excellent as ever.

    Everton in the FA Cup – Echidna’s eye-view.

  33. chas says:

    Jumbo crosswind landing video.
    Although quite interesting, a number of people within the aviation community feel that this sequence may be faked. Some of the reasons given are that there are no visible navigation nor landing lights, the crosswind component appears to change significantly between the two final segments shown in this video, and braking appears to be too sudden. You decide…

    E is for Elephant

  34. chas says:

    E is for Eddie McGoldrick – proof that George was losing the plot well before he got the bullet.

  35. RA says:

    Egocentric = the man who gets us all to chase our tails re-writing the alphabet.

    When we get to Zee, he will want to start on numbers! 🙂

  36. chas says:

    No such letter as Zee

  37. RockyLives says:

    your 6.46pm

    Looks pretty authentic to me. It’s broad daylight so theres no need to use landing lights.

    And the wind does change direction but sudden changes in wind shear are certainly not unheard of in meteorological circles.

    All in all, I say it’s the real deal and people suggesting it’s fake are a load of dumbos.

  38. RockyLives says:

    ‘Zee’ is the German word for ‘the’.

    Vash your mouse out Redders.

  39. The Cockie Monster says:

    You tell him, chas…….it`s Zed !.

  40. RockyLives says:

    However Chas,
    regarding your 6.55pm – that’s clearly fake.

    There’s no way a plonker like that could ever have played for the Arse.

  41. chas says:

    Wiki says McGoldrick’s career stats for Arsenal include 1 goal.
    I presume that was it.

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  44. Eddie says:

    sad news about Rik , too young to die

  45. arnie says:

    brilliant Chas. Pulp Fiction! ha ha ha ha. second only to Reservoir Dogs! 🙂

  46. chas says:


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  50. chas says:

    Interesting that you think R Dogs is better. I’ll have to give it another watch.

  51. MickyDidIt89 says:

    We love a dog talkie vid to kick things off 🙂

    Do you experience WC Fever and have you filled in your wall chart?

  52. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Has Big Raddy gone on a “retreat” or what?

  53. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Italy at 25-1 for me, and Balotelli to price himself out of our reach 😦

  54. JM says:


  55. Big Raddy says:

    Didit. Mrs Raddy & I took a few days in South Sweden … R & R

  56. chas mobile says:

    I don’t really experience world cup fever and don’t have a wallchart.
    I’ll still watch as much of it as I can though. 🙂

  57. Big Raddy says:

    I have a wall chart but don’t understand how to fill it in.

    I will watch any game with AFC interest which given the number of transfer targets mentioned in the press is almost all of them.

  58. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ahhhh, South Sweden.

    Isn’t there an island down there run by men with pony tails and free range sandals who believe in swapping with anyone

  59. Eddie says:

    Sep Blatter hits back using the all important card – racism. He accussed the accussers of racism against the Arabs.

    A man parked his merc sideways at the petrol station. He was rude, arrogant told me to use my brains when I asked him how am I supposed to get out now. I lost my temper a bit, called him some names and he accused me of racism!!!! And I am the baddie because I dared to complain about his parking

  60. MickyDidIt89 says:

    And the “names” you called him were, Eddie?

  61. Eddie says:

    I am very excited about the world cup, cannot wait. The best of the world footbllers playing almost every night….yummy. I predict a South American country to win – A or B most likely

  62. Eddie says:

    lots of f and a, and c words.

  63. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Agree Brazil and Argentina fav’s, but a European team who can control and slow the tempo to cope with the heat could have a chance.

  64. MickyDidIt89 says:


    Sounds perfectly reasonable to me 🙂

  65. Eddie says:

    Micky – you are talking Italians, maybe Spaniards. BTW , nobody seems to rate short dark paella eating nation very highly, why?

  66. Eddie says:

    Micky 🙂 He didn’t really object to being called an efing arrogant front bottom. But when I said he was a typical pushy representative of his country, he started jumping ‘racist, racism, racist’!! I was called horrible epitaphs because of my origins but I don’t really think those people were racists, just wanted to hurt me in an argument, same as I wanted to hurt them

  67. Eddie says:

    best dog vid

  68. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh God, Raddy’s gone back into a coma again following his R&R break.

    I looked it up, and it refers to “Rest and Recuperation”. Neither being states I’ve experienced, and fear that much more of it from Raddy, and we’ll lose him to some kind of eternal buddhist trancelike state.

    So, for the sake of your fans Raddy, wake up man

    I’m going for Italy at 25-1 for that very reason. Mind you, I think I always back Italy as they usually have longish odds. There’s a reason for that I know 🙂

  69. Eddie says:

    I wouldn’t be unhappy if the Italians won PROVIDING they don’t roll on the pitch excessively. I like their style of play and they are a handsome bunch. And yes, I do find Gattuso attractive

  70. MickyDidIt89 says:

    “I do find Gattuso attractive”

    Now there’s a surprise. I certainly wouldn’t call you “picky” 🙂

  71. arnie says:

    motning chums

  72. MickyDidIt89 says:

    That’s it, Arnie. I’m sold. Will order the film immediately.

  73. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Okedoke, must tool off for a while.

  74. arnie says:

    Micky. 🙂

  75. Just sorting the post, back in a bit …..

  76. Eddie says:

    arnie!! it is too early for violence

  77. We have a New Post ……………..

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