A Tribute to Arsene Wenger’s Vision, Principles and Commitment

This post was written by GN5 in 2013 shortly after Arsene Wenger completed his 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal.

Arsene Charles Ernest Wenger was born on the 22nd of October 1949 in Strasbourg, France and he will leave a legacy that will be remembered for generations to come.

AW strasbourgIn his playing days, he was a defensive sweeper and played for FC Mulhouse where he made 56 league appearances and scored four goals in two years (1973-1975) before making a move to ASPV Strasbourg, 1975 to 1978, where he made a total of 80 appearances scoring 20 goals in the process.

 

He ended his playing days for his hometown club RC Strasbourg before delving into football management in AS Nancy Lorraine in 1984. His spell in ASNL had a very bad twist in his third and final season because they finished the season in 19th place and was relegated to the second tier of French football.

AW monaco

Arsene Wenger’s managerial career turned for the best when he took over at the helm of affairs of AS Monaco in the 1987/88 campaign. The Masters Degree holder in Economics guided the club from the Principality to a Ligue 1 championship and he achieved this feat with a group of incredibly talented players including; – Youri Djourkaeff, Jurgen Kilnsmann, Glenn Hoodle and the 1995 FIFA Golden Ball winner, George Opong Weah. Wenger also guided AS Monaco to the French Cup trophy in 1991.

His success at AS Monaco made him a media favourite for the Bayern Munich job in 1994 but the Board of AS Monaco denied him a move to the German team before sacking him after the post had been taken. Wenger put that disappointment behind him and moved over the Pacific Ocean to manage Nagoya Grampus Eight in the J-League. In his 18-month stint with the Japenese outfit, he won the Emperor’s Cup and was honoured with the J-League Manager of the Year award for 1995 making him the first ever foreigner to receive such an accolade.

AW joins arsenal

In September 1996, Arsene Wenger became manager of Arsenal and is now the longest serving and most successful manager in the clubs history. He marked his Arsenal start with a 2-0 win against Blackburn and he ended his first season in third place. He welcomed Patrick Vieira to the club and the tall holding midfielder spent the best part of nine magical years playing for Arsenal making 279 appearances and scoring 28 league goals. In his time under Wenger, Vieira lifted the Community Shield four times (1998, 1999, 2002 and 2004), the FA Cup four times (1998, 2002, 2003 and 2005) and the Premier League three times (1998, 2002 and 2004).

In Wenger’s second season in charge, he achieved the unthinkable with a League and Cup double despite being 12 points behind Manchester United at the turn of the year. The double winning squad had a water-tight rock solid all-English defence led by Tony Adams along with Steve Bould, Nigel Winterburn, Lee Dixon and Martin Keown. Wenger also had the great David Seaman in goal and the midfield was blessed with Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Vieira while Dennis Bergkamp and Nicolas Anelka did the business up front.

AW double

To date Arsene’s record is:

Managerial statistics

AS Nancy 1 July 1984 to 1 July 1987

G114, W33, D30, L31, Win% 28.95

AS Monaco 1 July 1987 to 17 September 1994

G266, W130, D53, L83, Win% 48.87

Nagoya Grampus 9 December 1994 to 30 September 1996

G56, W38, D0, L18, Win % 67.86

Arsenal 1 October 1996 to Present

G1066, W613, D249, L204, Win% 57.5

 

Managerial honours

Monaco Ligue 1: 1987–88

Coupe de France: 1990–91

Nagoya Grampus Emperor’s Cup: 1995

J-League Super Cup: 1996

Arsenal FA Premier League: 1997–98, 2001–02, 2003–04

FA Cup: 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2013–14, 2014-15

FA Community Shield: 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2014

Individual French Manager of the Year: 2008

League Manager of the Year: 1995

Officer of the British Empire: 2003

Onze d’Or Coach of The Year: 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004

Premier League Manager of the Season: 1998, 2002, 2004

LMA Manager of the Year: 2001–02, 2003–04

IFFHS World Coach of the Decade: 2001–2010

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award: 2002, 2004

Freedom of Islington: 2004

FWA Tribute Award: 2005

English Football Hall of Fame: 2006

Premier League Manager of the Month: March 1998, April 1998, October 2000, April 2002, September 2002, August 2003, February 2004, August 2004, September 2007, December 2007, February 2011, February 2012, September 2013, March 2015.

Here are a few of the Tribute’s that ArseneWenger has received:

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says he was relieved to see Arsene Wenger finally sign a new three-year deal at the end of last season. Henry also believes that Wenger’s impact at Arsenal will not be fully appreciated until his former manager finally leaves the Emirates.

Henry told Sky Sports News:

Knowing Arsene I knew he was going to stay – especially after winning the FA Cup final.  “He loves the club so much that I think it is always going to be difficult for him to leave this club, he signed another three years and hopefully they can be successful. “You only miss people when they have gone and then you will probably realise what he has done for the club.

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This is a guy who works 24 hours a day all year around,” former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson told BBC Radio 5 live.  “He hates to lose. He totally revolutionised all sorts of things in the game in this country. People tend to think he has too much power, (but) a guy who dedicates himself to the game in the manner that he does is someone you treasure.”

Stan Kronke, Arsenal’s major shareholder, said:

“Sustained excellence is the hardest thing to achieve in sport. The fact Arsenal has competed at the top of the game in England and Europe throughout the time Arsene has been manager is the ultimate testimony to his consistency of performance, talent and ambition. “We are delighted with the FA Cup success which has added to his already outstanding record. Under his guidance, we look forward to adding more trophies.

Arsene’s response was:

We are all determined to bring more success to this club. The club has always shown faith in me and I’m very grateful for that. We have gone through fantastic periods and also periods where we have had to stick together.

Every time when that togetherness was tested I got the right response. I think I have shown some loyalty as well towards this club and hopefully we can make some more history. I am sure we can.

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Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick – when he presented Arsene with a Golden Cannon to commemorate his 1,000 games at Arsenal.

Obviously this is a wonderful moment for Arsene and for Arsenal Football Club. One thousand games is clearly a rite of passage. “If we were in the jewellery business, we would give Arsene a diamond brooch!  This Cannon was designed 125 years ago by the workers at the factory in Woolwich before we moved, and I hope it will give you as much pleasure as you have given around the world to millions of fans. “You have transformed the beautiful game back into being a beautiful game, and long may it last, and long may you continue to lead us.

Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick on Arsene’s new contract signing:

We are delighted that Arsene has renewed his contract for a further three years. He is a man of principle, who lives and breathes Arsenal. “He has established Arsenal for its exciting playing style around the world continues his commitment to young players and has the ability to bring top-class players to the club. “I have no doubt we have an exciting future ahead of us with him leading the team.

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Nigel Winterburn, who played under Wenger from 1987 to 2000, told Sky Sports News:

It’s good news for me and the club. I’ve always supported Arsene Wenger, particularly through the last few seasons when he was under pressure with the team not winning a trophy. “I believe there have been restrictions with the spending.

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Sir Alex Ferguson

A board member of the LMA, Sir Alex had the following to say;

I congratulate Arsène in reaching this momentous landmark. Having also reached the same milestone at one club, I cannot emphasise enough the level of dedication, resilience as well as sacrifice required and for that I have for the utmost admiration.  Over the years we enjoyed some fantastic battles and you could say we had survived together and respected each other’s efforts to play good football. I always enjoy watching Arsène’s sides – Arsenal play the right way.  Playing against them always presented special challenges that I burned many hours over the years thinking about. He has always been a conscientious member of our trade who makes it his business to help other managers.

Perhaps the biggest compliment I could give Arsène is that I could never be anything other than competitive with my rival for 17 years. Overall this achievement once again shows what stability can bring to a football club and without doubt he has created a permanent legacy during his 1000 matches with the Club.

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Former Arsenal vice chairman David Dein believes Arsene Wenger will be an ‘impossible act’ to follow when he eventually calls time on his Gunners career.

Dein, who helped to bring Wenger to north London in 1996, was speaking exclusively to Sky Sports about the Frenchman who has helped establish Arsenal as one of the most envied clubs in the world.

He has transformed the club, revolutionised the club, Dein said. Whenever he decides to leave he will be leaving behind a phenomenal state-of-the-art training facility, a wonderful stadium, a very good squad which he is trying to improve and a legacy of what he’s won. “Arsene Wenger transformed the club on the pitch and off the pitch. I will go on record as saying he won’t be a difficult act to follow, in my opinion it will be an impossible act.

With the current trend in modern football being for managers to be given very little time to improve a club’s fortunes, Dein does not expect another boss to come close to matching his record. “I would go on record and say I don’t think we will see that again in our lifetime,” he said. “It’s a phenomenal milestone; 1,000 games at one club for 18 years.

In modern football the longevity in the whole of the 92 professional clubs, you know how long a manager stays in his job for? Eleven months, and Arsene has been there for 1,000 games which is absolutely astonishing.”  “Arsene is a football purist. He has a lovely phrase; he calls it “possession with progression”  “He still has the fire in his belly and wants to win every game.

We had a ritual that after a home game we went up the road and we normally had dinner together with his wife and my wife – but only if we haven’t lost. If we’ve lost he’s bad company. It’s a monologue instead of a dialogue. The other day I said to him you’ve probably had 1,000 games with other clubs and 1,000 with Arsenal, you’ve probably had collectively about 2,000 games.I asked him what that meant to him. He looked at me and said: Two thousand sleepless nights’.

That tells you a lot about the man.

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Patrick Vieira

His former captain, first signing (albeit unofficially) and the only overseas player to start Wenger’s first game in charge against Blackburn, this is what the midfielder had to say about his old boss: What was quite really impressive with Arsene is that I would go in his office really upset, really frustrated, wanting to make a point.  I knew that I was right, so my ideas were clear about what I wanted to tell him. I would go into his office but when I came back out, it was always him who was right!

He was really good at trying to change your mind and he did it in a calm, laid-back way.

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David Moyes claims Arsene Wenger’s record at Arsenal is proof of the success stability can bring to a club. Moyes saluted Wenger ahead of his 1,000th game as Arsenal boss and says he is joining an elite club.

“It’s an incredible record,” said the Manchester United boss. “I’m in the LMA and I think it’s only Dario Gradi, Alex and Sir Matt who have managed one club for 1,000 games.”It’s an incredible record for someone to stay at one club for so long.” “Longevity is important. You look at the years Brian Clough stayed at Nottingham Forest, Sir Bobby Robson’s record for Ipswich and he was there for 12 or 13 years. “If there’s a platform, with clubs who keep their manager for years, you can have success and it’s a great credit to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal Football Club.”

Ahead of his 1,000th game, Wenger said:

It makes you feel ‘where did the time go?’. It looks to me like I started yesterday; I can’t believe it is such a long time.  “Why? Because you’re always focused on looking forward to the next game and when you look back you think ‘I made quite a distance there’.  “Despite that, your only interest is the next game, our drug is the next game, the hope for the next game, the desire to win the next one. You go step by step and finally when you look back it’s a long time.  “I would just like to say for me it’s an honour to manage a club of this dimension for such a long time and I would like to thank everybody who is involved in the club for giving me such a confidence for such a long time.

Who Knows?………………….“Arsene Knows”

 (Long may it continue)

 GunnerN5

 

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82 Responses to A Tribute to Arsene Wenger’s Vision, Principles and Commitment

  1. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Beautiful GN5, simply beautiful

    In order to not demean the splendity of your post I shall refrain from stupid jokes.

    Arsene is the manager of our life time. I very much doubt we will see the likings of him again, either in terms of duration or impact.

    Strange to see Glen Hoddle pictured with him. Arsene is humble and modest were as Glen is:

    To know Glen is to love Glen

    If you are depressed and desolate, take solace that Glen is not

    When you stare at a mirror and do no see Glen, its a shame.

    If the doctor gives you bad news? better you than Glen.

    If Glen wants to have sex with your wife? let him. Glen might enjoy it.

  2. rhyle says:

    What a read, GN5. Hat is off, doffed and thrown.

  3. Rasp says:

    Exceptional work GN5. I can’t understand why we didn’t publish this post at the time? Your love for the man is clear and deserved, it would be nice to think that someone in the Arsenal PR department keeps an eye on the blogs and would say to AW “here Arsene, have a read of this” 🙂

  4. mickydidit89 says:

    Thank you GN5, great read.

    The most staggering thing for me about Arsene has always been how he got the job in the first place. I mean relegated with Nancy, sacked by Monaco, and then mucking about in Japan.

    Most terrifying of all was the interview given by David Dein a few years ago on this subject (posted on here I believe) where he talked about this subject. At one point he paused, then said how he had a “moment” where the name association suddenly dawned on him: “Arsene, Arsenal, yes it’s meant to be”. Really, that’s very frightening.

    Thanks again.

  5. Lovely stuff GN5…… you clearly adore the man, and so should we all.

  6. mickydidit89 says:

    Woah, slow down Rasp.

    By all means they can read GN5’s work, but there are Terms and Conditions. One being that Arsene spends at least £50M this summer 🙂

  7. mickydidit89 says:

    Bonjour Le Banque Nord

    Mon aeroglisseur est plein d’anguilles

  8. RC78 says:

    Let us hope for an EPL title with AW next season 🙂

  9. Rasp says:

    😆 Micky, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we buy at least one £30 – 50m player this transfer window. I suppose the ‘we still need 3 more players’ merchants’ are referring to a keeper, a DM and a striker/wide left player – otherwise the squad is pretty strong and with Jack and Theo coming back – it will be like new signings 😕

  10. mickydidit89 says:

    Rasp
    Don’t forget the ‘we still need 3 more players’ merchants’ include old smarty pants Terry Henry
    I am not alone
    Mind you, I’d happily blow the entire budget on one player 🙂

  11. GoonerB says:

    Brilliant GN5. I have to say, and I say this genuinely, that this is your best yet. I too will refrain from jokes like Mancini did(n’t) 🙂

    I didn’t know his middle names were Charles Earnest. Must be some British in him aside from being an honorary Brit.

    Just wanted to check, (as I haven’t looked it up and am going by pure recollection), but I thought Arsene arrived some way into the 1996-1997 season and the next season was his debut full season when he won the double.

    I would love to ask Arsene “Would Arsene the manager ever have bought Arsene the player?”. A bit cheeky but I could see that question amusing him and drawing out that slight smile and a humorous answer.

  12. GoonerB says:

    Rasp, I have earmarked x2 £30m players and x1 £12m player to give us the best side in England.

  13. Rasp says:

    Good work GB …. and they are? (I’m guessing one is Reus) 😀

  14. GoonerB says:

    Aha, that may be where you are wrong Rasp. Patience anyway my dear Don Rasper as I may put it into a post looking at squad assessment. I did miss that whole week when banished by wordpress but don’t want to go over old ground again so hopefully can look at it from a different angle.

  15. mickydidit89 says:

    Rasp

    My guess is Reus, Cavani and another expensive goalscorer 🙂

    Top thinker that GB

  16. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all (8:00am-ish here)

    A big thank you goes to Rasp for his work on getting the piece ready for publication.

    Obviously I’m a total advocate of Arsene, I accept that he has flaws and has made mistakes along the way – but what manager hasn’t? My thoughts have always been that good manager’s learn from their mistakes and grow – 2 consecutive FA Cups may help to convince some of the doubters.

    I have a distinct feeling that this will not be his final contract at Arsenal – although if he wins the Champions League he may call it a day.

  17. Rasp says:

    I think we should follow Liverpool’s example and go for top quality like Milner and Ricky Lambert 😀

  18. GunnerN5 says:

    GB, Thanks for the compliment.

    Arsene signed as manager on September 30th 1996, his first game in charge was a 0-2 away win at Blackburn on October 12th, 1996 and his first home game was on October 19th – a 0-0 draw against Coventry.

    Bruce Rioch was in charge for the first 8 games of the 1996/97 season and Arsene has managed every game since.

  19. GunnerN5 says:

    Can somebody put the rabbit back in it’s hat?

  20. mickydidit89 says:

    Bunny Boiler 🙂

  21. mickydidit89 says:

    Lapin a la moutarde
    Yum

  22. mickydidit89 says:

    I know I’m tired and grumpy, but who’s the bloke standing in the Monaco picture between Hateley and Hoddle, ‘cos it ain’t Wenger

    How do I know it’s a lookey likey, because Arsene has hands and wrists and stuff

    Coat

  23. GunnerN5 says:

    That’s his “I’m really harmless” pose.

  24. So Micky has eels in his hovercraft…. that’s a new one on me 🙂

  25. Big Raddy says:

    Gn5. Superb. What a great read that was.

    I am a Wengerite, always have been and probably always will be.

    What made the difference to me was the day PV4 first played for AFC because here we saw the future, a man who played Wengerball. The years that followed were the most exciting of my football life and AW teams still bring me joy.

    I think he deserves a Knighthood.

  26. Big Raddy says:

    NB. Monty Python (or are you too addled to remember 😀 )

  27. mickydidit89 says:

    Raddy
    A Knighthood would be an insult when you consider the crap company he’d be associated with 🙂

    Mind you, in the same vein a Lordship would be out of the question as well what with Lord Fat Prescott as his sort sporting the ermine

    What else could Her Maj dish out?

  28. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey Big, are you there
    I’m already creating my own “must go beat” list for our CL away trips next season. I’m thinking an early group stage visit to Amsterdam would kick things off nicely 🙂
    Are Ajax any good? I mean, like qualified.

  29. Big Raddy says:

    I fancy a trip anywhere warm with quality tapas

  30. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    I will come with you lads

    Some were hosting a disco dancing competition and a healthy appreciation of white suits would be good?

    Sort of a combination of Khazakstan and Panama then?

  31. mickydidit89 says:

    Sorry, dragged away.
    What is with you, Big, and warm climates. Take a coat 🙄

    Ha ha, Transplant’s dream destination? Somewhere 50 years behind the times, then he can blend in 🙂

  32. chas says:

    Majestic, GN5, simply majestic.

    I’m astonished he scored a goal every 4 games playing for ASPV Strasbourg. Surely that can’t have been from sweeper?

    Ah, just had a look at Wiki and it seems that he was converted to defender after joining RC Strasbourg.

    This photo on Wiki of his manager at RC Strasbourg made me laugh. It bears a striking resemblance to Terry last time I saw him at the Faltering Fullback.
    Khazakstani-Panamanian chic?

  33. stevepalmer1 says:

    Superb,

  34. Gööner In Exile says:

    Beautiful piece GN5, hadn’t read a lot of those quotes.

    So it seems we have a kit to be launched in 50 minutes or so, a new home kit, which hopefully means the club is not launching a new away kit…..i really like the yellow, and i would hate to see us slip into the new kits every season brigade.

  35. mickydidit89 says:

    I really hope we go back to our proper red, not the puma orange of last season

  36. GunnerN5 says:

    Just arrived home after a shopping trip with my daughter.

    Thank you for all of the positive comments. We have shrunk down to just the off season AA faithful so your comments mean more than most.

  37. mickydidit89 says:

    The Elite, GN5, is what’s left 🙂

  38. Rasp says:

    Evening all, I’ve been away from electronic communication for most of the day – did I hear a snippet on the radio that we’d had an offer for 11m accepted for Cech?

  39. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Does anyone else remember the despicable John Pratt?

    He was like there version of our David Price, but unlike David, I suspect he harboured a liking for people with acessable veins.

    This is a completely true story. I saw him getting into a car down Turnpike Lane once and shouted what I can only describe as a piece of novel comedic genius “Oi Pratt,your such a Pratt”

    Delighted with my novelty i walked on. It was pissing down with rain and as he drove past he veered into a puddle in an attempt to soak me but ended up watering another geezer instead, who immediately yelled “You bleeding pratt”

    Just thought i would share that

  40. Gööner In Exile says:

    Oooooh theres a button on the collar, and its red and white. As you were then.

  41. Gööner In Exile says:

    I played against John Pratt, he played in the Tottenham Charity X! side alongside Falcao, Ardiles, Hazard and the like.

    Pratt was an absolute …….. er …… pratt, whilst everyone else was just playing football he spent the game gobbing off at the top of his voice

  42. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    GIE, hahahaha

  43. chas says:

    I enjoyed yesterday’s sinister rabbit chat, ta.

  44. chas says:

  45. chas says:

    I always like it when we play in red socks.
    After that I like the red and white hoops.
    Least of all, plain white.
    My dreams of being a FKW dashed for another season. 🙂

  46. mickydidit89 says:

    Gon salon I’m guessing

    Last of the late nights but oh boy. Winner Aussie Owen Wright first ever surfer to score two perfect tens in one heat

    http://www.worldsurfleague.com/posts/124334/wright-doubles-down-in-history

  47. chas says:

    I watched the two 10s earlier.
    Micky, if you had to score your best ever longboard wave, what would the score be?

  48. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Looks like Billy Bremner on the receiving end from Keegan and good job too – nasty little oik.

    Love the cycling pic. Real men; carrying inner tubes, two tiny water bottles and smoking.

  49. Big Raddy says:

    “I suspect he harboured a liking for people with acessable veins.” Brilliant 😀

    And love the Pratt stories. I never had the pleasure of meeting him but I did meet Martin Chivers. The less said the better …..

  50. mickydidit89 says:

    Again, sarky
    But a perfect 1 🙂

    Morning lads

  51. Eddie says:

    What a terrific read, thank you GN5!
    I was very busy yesterday, but it was nice to start a day reading about the genius of Wenger.

    I was a little bit alarmed not to see any mention of his degrees, I was sure he had a couple. I started to check him out again and read that he was born in Duppigheim and grew up in Duttlenheim 🙂 his first language is German and an Alsatian dialect.

    His father was fighting on the Eastern front during the WW2, that’s not good

  52. mickydidit89 says:

    “an Alsatian dialect”

    Your kinda guy, Eddie, what with being able to speak woof

  53. Eddie says:

    🙂 🙂 do you know why German Sheppard dogs are sometimes called Alsatians?

  54. mickydidit89 says:

    Chas
    On reflection, I quite like the idea that you reckon there’s any mileage comparing me to a bloke who grew up on a sandy beach in a lovely warm climate and who surfed perfect waves every day of his life from the age of five

    Raddy
    You probably share a similar healthy youth to myself. Does Chas compare you to Bill Wiggins?

  55. mickydidit89 says:

    Extreme Right Wing political outlook?

  56. Good morning Ladies…. and Eddie 🙂

  57. Video of the day… women ogling a mans crotch bulge.

  58. Eddie says:

    sort of. German Sheppards were introduced in England after the WW1 and for obvious reasons anything German was deeply unpopular. Someone came up with an idea to call them Alsatians and they (GSDs) have quickly became one of the most popular breeds in this country. The rest is history, except for idiots that argue with me that GSP and an Alsatians are 2 different breeds

  59. mickydidit89 says:

    And you were searching for what exactly on youtube NB?

  60. Big Raddy says:

    Eddie. That is the sort of information I love. More please – even better if it is just an urban myth.

    Micky. I was silly fit until I discovered the opposite sex 😦

  61. Big Raddy says:

    Micky 8.29 😀 😀 😀

  62. Eddie says:

    soft porn obviously, he knows the opening hours of any bar in the area

  63. Actually micky I was looking for some history about the battle of the Ardennes at the end of WWII 🙂

  64. mickydidit89 says:

    hahaha battle of the bulge 🙂

  65. It just popped up and I couldn’t resist the click!

  66. Eddie… at the moment I don’t need to know the bar opening times. At my ex’s and she is always well stocked with wine so at the moment I’m enjoying my second glass of Sauvignon blanc 🙂

  67. mickydidit89 says:

    NB
    I imagine you as a kind of Charles Bukowski character
    That’s a good thing 🙂

  68. Big Raddy says:

    NB. Is the sun past the yard arm where you are?

    Just remembered …. you have been living in France!

  69. ha ha. ‘Notes of a dirty old Man’ and probably an alcoholic 🙂

  70. Big Raddish… in France the sun is always past the yard arm.

  71. Didn’t he write Barfly?

  72. Eddie says:

    see you later, bees calling

  73. Big Raddy says:

    I am mostly listening to this

  74. Big R… I’m now listening too… lovely stuff

  75. Rasp says:

    Does anyone have a couple of lines for a conversation starter?

    Literally one paragraph would be enough.

    Perhaps we could maybe have another daily theme profiling just one player? or maybe extend that to comparing a current player with one from the past …. Pires/Alexis type idea.

  76. Eddie says:

    had to look it up, the armyard

    “At certain times of year it will seem from the deck that the sun has risen far enough up the sky that it is above the topmost yardarm. In summer in the north Atlantic, where the phrase seems to have originated, this would have been at about 11am. This was by custom and rule the time of the first rum issue of the day to officers and men (the officers had their tots neat, the men’s diluted). It seems that officers in sailing ships adopted a custom, even when on shore, of waiting until this time before taking their first alcoholic drink of the day. ”

    Meaning nb started to booze before the yardarm, pisshead

  77. Rasp says:

    …New post ……

    It’s a throw away topic, just a silly thought that came into my head.

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