Arsenal have the Best Fans?

Only 13k at S’ton last night. What has happened to the Magic of the Cup?

If we draw at S’ton how many would go to the replay at the Emirates? My guess is another full house.

Our average gate through 2016 in the PL was 59,444 which is 99.4%  capacity.  Slightly lower for Cup games.

The police numbers are a little lower because there are some season ticket reprobates who do not attend all games yet the club maintain that as the ticket is sold, it is an attendance.

Sadly, some of those fans are not supporters!

Why are Arsenal so popular? What do you think?

Written (in haste) by Big Raddy


189 Responses to Arsenal have the Best Fans?

  1. chas says:

    I suppose it was a bit of a no-win game for Soton in that they were
    expected to beat the lower league side.

    All I’m pissed off about is that they managed to avoid extra time by the skin of their teeth.

    The great thing about Arsenal is that we have so many peeps who want to come and see a game at the Ems, that when we do play a ‘minnow’, loads get a chance to go who don’t usually.

    The away allocation for St Mary’s on 28th Jan is 4,612.
    They’ll probably be snapped up by the end of today (especially since they’re only 15 squid. 🙂

    Why are Arsenal so popular?
    Hmmm, I was just thinking how things might have been different if George Graham had continued as Arsenal manager through the 90s and Noughties.

    Was Highbury always a sell-out before, say, 1998? I doubt it.

  2. fred1266 says:

    Good question BR

  3. chas says:

    Hey, Big Al, how’s it hanging?

  4. Chas
    That”s almost confidential.
    Only RA (formerly Red Arse) and my good self talk about such things.
    Remember him? Now he’s the abbreviated man. However… we can rebuild him. We have the technology.

    You now wot Chas, I always suspected he was bionic.
    Long before he re-Christened himself I thought of him as better… stronger… faster.

    By the way… you settled up with that Thai bird yet?

  5. Big Raddy says:

    Big Al. 🙂 🙂

  6. chas says:

    Haha, she gives me the horn.

  7. chas says:

  8. chas says:

    Tevez arrives in China.

  9. Only 13k last night.

    Wot will this website say tomorrow?
    Only 4 on AA last night.
    That may be down to 3 right now I think.
    If Fred’s bogged off.

    Cheers for the post BR.

    Fred! Fred!!!
    We need you, Fred!

  10. GoonerB says:

    Can’t you rustle up some Thai birds to frequent the site Al? I haven’t heard the words “Me love you long time Mr GoonerB” for ages.

    Thanks BR. I think there are a multitude of reasons as to why we are so well supported :

    We are one of the traditional old clubs tracing back to Victorian times.

    We are the longest standing club in the top flight.

    We were the dominant team in the 30’s and have generally always remained a team in contention at the top end of things, a few barren years at times aside.

    We are the joint record winners of the F.A cup, the worlds oldest domestic cup competition (lets put that right and win it this year to stand alone again).

    Micky Thomas 89 + Nick Hornby > Fever Pitch > Mr Darcy himself + conversations on Smudger Smith.

    Her Maj (allegedly) supports us

    ……….and last but by no means least…….

    The Wenger years of success with sublime football carried out by sublime footballers resulting in the permanent identity of a club that is recognised for a style of football admired the world over.

    Moving forwards we need to start winning the big stuff again or risk losing some of what we have achieved by losing a potential generation of younger fans around the world.

  11. GoonerB says:

    Oh, London based is probably a factor as well.

  12. GunnerN5 says:

    A pervert, a con artist, and a fascist walk into a bar.

    The barman asks –
    “What will it be, Mr. President elect?”

  13. LB says:

    Some of the criticism aimed at those who are unable to attend a game for one reason or another, should be redirected at the club because the ticket exchange that leaves so much to be desired.

    At the moment if a season ticket holder cannot attend a game and and tries to sell it on the ticket exchange he will only receive the money by way of a credit on next season’s season ticket, this is wrong, the season ticket holder should be able to receive the sale money direct into his bank account as happens at many other clubs.

  14. mickydidit89 says:

    Best fans?!!?!?!

    Have you gone completely loopy Erik. They’re awful. Every time I go to the place and look around, I always think “what happened?”

    In the not too distant past, there was a terrific mix of tweed, flat caps and tribal rock ‘n roll yoof

    I thank you for letting me air that, anyway 🙂

  15. mickydidit89 says:

    Good point LB

    So if you don’t renew, they keep the cash. Little snakes.

  16. GunnerN5 says:

    Micky that cash is used to replenish the arsenal.

  17. chas says:

    If you don’t renew, you get a refund cheque………eventually.

  18. Big Raddy says:

    LB. Better than naught.

    Micky. As I wrote “some of those fans are not supporters”.

    Actually … I think it is a crap post and I wish I had stuck to my original idea of a look at Elneny, Maybe I will do so tomorrow.

  19. LB says:

    I think you are being a bit harsh on yourself BR, there is still plenty to think about up there.

    One thing I would love to know is how many Arsenal supporters would go to Southampton if we had an unlimited allocation.

    Chas is probably best placed to answer that, but my guess would be about 15,000. With a bit of advertising and the removal of having to be this colour or that colour member before you can even apply to buy one. It seems to me that the demand for away tickets is through the roof.

  20. chas says:

    Tickets are currently on sale to 5+ away points.
    Tomorrow at 10am it goes to all Gold, Platinum and Travel Club members.
    It also says that silver and red members should check back at 11am in case it’s still not sold out.

    Ant and me got tickets at 11 this morning. 🙂
    Not been to St Mary’s.

  21. chas says:

    I’ve no idea how many might go with an unlimited allocation.

    Over 9,000 saw Danny score the winner at the Old Cowshed in 2015.

  22. chas says:

    May as well watch it again. 🙂

  23. chas says:

    Oh go on then…

  24. chas says:

  25. chas says:

    shit pen but it went in so it was a great pen,

  26. chas mobile says:

  27. Red Arnie says:

    Interesting question, Raddy. 🙂 Because we have class and we are different. 🙂

    Back from a medical break (medical tourism actually, and it works bloody well) just in time for a coronation! and not of Arsenal for the League. yet! oh dear!! 😆

  28. Red Arnie says:

    Happy New Year everyone, and thanks for keeping this place going. 🙂

  29. Red Arnie says:

    Winning and losing goes in cycles, but class is permanent! 🙂

  30. Red Arnie says:

    HWBA yet? 🙂

  31. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    6.31. A gem

  32. chas says:

  33. chas says:

  34. mickydidit89 says:

    Morning all


  35. mickydidit89 says:

    Actually, remove the question mark and make my last comment a fact 🙂

  36. mickydidit89 says:

    Can we book a day in to have a “blog refresh” day

    I’m bored of the look, and think we ought to get rid of most of the right hand side to start with.

    to go:
    Bit there now with odd words
    Fantasy football
    Recent comments
    Some of the tabs at the top

    Can you do these things Chas?

  37. chas says:

    I’d expect so.
    If I was given the go-ahead.

  38. mickydidit89 says:

    You have the green light. Pretend I have the launch codes, therefore the power 🙂

  39. chas says:

    I didn’t even realise there were two League Tables and two Fantasy Footballs.
    I suppose I only ever look at those top widgets that I update.

  40. chas says:

    That Wooden Words link in the Non Arsenal section doesn’t even point to a current site.

  41. chas says:

    Hell no, I’ve just realised how dangerous the launch codes could be in the wrong hands.

  42. Big Raddy says:

    I would only get rid of the Authors and Archive boxes. The rest I enjoy.

  43. chas says:

    I actually use the Archive links when looking for old posts.

  44. chas says:

    Do you look at the Club News and Sky Sports links?

  45. chas says:

  46. chas says:

    4th place trophy!

  47. chas says:

    Interesting that we came fourth as many times in the 20 years before Wenger as we have with him as manager!

  48. chas says:

  49. Big Raddy says:

    It was a joyous day when Sol signed.

    Interesting charts.

  50. chas says:

    Big Tone on Desert Island Discs

  51. mickydidit89 says:

    I reckon Erik has the launch codes, so I fully appreciate your concerns

    Come on lads, let’s get going and make a start. It’s stale. Start deleting stuff, and once the ball is rolling, people can make suggestions

    Or shall we just do nothing!

  52. mickydidit89 says:

    Bloody hell. Deserert Island isn’t till 9, is that link a repeat. I’ll defo listen later. V busy day

  53. chas says:

  54. chas says:

    It’s a repeat

  55. chas says:

  56. chas says:

    Extremely limited amount of tickets remaining

  57. Big Raddy says:

    I may have the launch codes but don’t know how to use them.

    Been thinking about why Chas put up the WHL pic and just realised it was taken the last time Spurs won the League. Right?

  58. Zed says:

    G’Mornin’ Folks,

    Big Al 😀 😀 [You can call me Zee]

    Large Raddish: It is not often I think of taking you to task, but your impetuous nature has you rushing from Post to Post, like a super attenuated sloth.

    I have spent some time pondering the Mickish Post on the 18th trying to work out the variables concerning a classic #10, and attempting to arrive at a generally accepted definition of that role, before giving due consideration to the significance of the effect of a False 9 on that position, and there you were gone with some other really difficult question asking if Arsenal’s fickle fans are the best, and now you are threatening to put up another masterpiece, so this comment will disappear into the aether.

    Knowing your predilection for Shakespeare, can I remind you that he was right – There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio Raddish Than are dreamt of in your footie philosophy, and your abandonment of the Number 10 indicates there is something rotten in the state of Denmark.

    I am off to sulk now, before anyone can ignore me!! 🙂

  59. Red Arnie says:

    Motning all. I do actually look at the Club News and Sky Sports links. 🙂

    Hello Redders, not that anyone is ignoring you, but have you been a stranger as well! 🙂

  60. VP of Oz says:

    wow! 8.06 graph of 20yr segments really highlights “Why Arsenal are so Popular?” Exciting style of play coupled with consistent finishing at the high end of the table year in year out.
    So in terms of fan expectations now, 4th becomes bottom, 3rd is middle of the table, 2nd is ok but we want 1st more often than 3rd/4th otherwise sack the incompetent coach.

  61. Zed says:

    Hi Arnie,

    Despite my 10:49, on the #10, I am now going thru some iterative processes to come to terms with -: “it’s Merse, and he is playing in the hole”.

    Question is, was he a classic #10 or was he a False 9, and what was the dirty devil doing playing in the hole?

    [Just passing a little time chatting to myself, (and now you) before my appointment with the tender mercies of the hospital. Hope you are keeping well!] 😀

    Bye for now.

  62. VP of Oz says:

    the 8:06 graph also shows that the 3 titles in the last 20 seasons is a better conversion rate than the 3 titles in the preceding 40 seasons

    still I’m confident that we will get another title this or next season, whether we play 442, 343, 352, 3232 etc. as long as the quality of the players continue to improve as they have these last few years

  63. chas says:

    I put thw WHL photo up because it brought back memories and I liked the car.

    It couldn’t have been when they last won the League, surely?
    Wasn’t that in black and white?

  64. Big Raddy says:

    12.29 must be a very busy shop. 80k muppets were in Wembley pre-Europa and Thursday nights.

  65. chas says:

  66. Big Raddy says:

    Re: the car.

    It is either a Hillman Minx or a Humber Super Snipe. I had the Humber but sadly it got stolen and trashed.

    Both date back to early ’60’s when cars had proper names, not rubbish like a Cee’d or a V40 or a Qashqui.

  67. chas says:

    Snipe and Minx.
    Superb, BR.
    I need to pin it down.

  68. chas says:

  69. Eddie says:

    best looking first lady ever.
    would she marry him if he was a scaffolder?

  70. chas says:

    What first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?

  71. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Fantastic pic of the camels. Look a little while to realise how fantastic.

    I think 7.58 is a Humber Hawk, not the Snipe of which there were a number of different styles.

  72. Eddie says:

    UK women set to march against Trump

    Peaches? fancy joining in?

  73. Big Raddy says:

    Eddie. Good to see your gravatar

  74. Eddie says:

    paul daniells, dear god…his son has been arrested last week in his cannabis factory 🙂

  75. Eddie says:

    hi raddy 🙂 match day approaching, I need to stick my two pence in, couldn’t resist it

  76. Big Raddy says:

    8.07 I’m sure Trump will be concerned and probably resign.

  77. Eddie says:

    good! let him resign.
    I will then mobilise those women to march against Wenger, perhaps he will resign too 🙂

    see, you already wish I disappeared again

  78. Red Arnie says:

    Eddie the magician. Palying the game of disappearance and appearance. Abracadabra gili gili gili 🙂

  79. Red Arnie says:

    good work by the motning crew. 🙂 especially loved the camels

    however, I was planning to watch Chas’ Thai bird video in the motning, only to find that it had been removed. Censor board in action. oh dear. 🙂

  80. chas says:

    I trashed it, Arnie.
    I put it up on here last night when I was drunk.
    It looked a bit inappropriate this morning. 🙂

  81. Big Raddy says:

    Good to see we have signed Santi on a year contract extension

  82. chas says:

    This is the closest nmatch I can find for the car but it’s a Vauxhall Cresta. What do you think?

  83. Red Arnie says:

    Chas. 🙂

  84. GoonerB says:

    Afternoon all. On phone so will be brief but what is the go to place for streaming 3.00pm games these days.

  85. fred1266 says:

    Liverpool lose good start to weekend hopefully Chelsea next

  86. Red Arnie says:

    oh dear! Ronnie’s cue just dipped into the wrong place and got its tip too hard! 🙂

  87. Red Arnie says:

    I do Eurosport still. GoonerB. Happy with it

  88. GoonerB says:

    Thanks Annie but can you do that through eurosports? I have that on my normal TV package which I never thought showed the 3.00 pm games unless it is different online.

  89. fatgingergooner says:

    Shocker at Anfield!

    That’s the first time this season that one of the bottom 14 teams has beaten one of the current top 6 away from from home.

    Hopefully we see this as a warning and are tuned in for tomorrow’s game.

  90. Red Arnie says:

    I am watching the snooker today,. but here goes:

  91. GoonerB says:

    Thanks beardy one will try 😎

  92. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi Arnie, I clicked on to that stream and my anti virus advised me to back off.

  93. Red Arnie says:

    oh dear, GoonerB.

  94. Big Raddy says:


    Cricinfo is a good source of streams or Rojadirecta

  95. Big Raddy says:

    We beat the Swans by 4 away and then L’pool have a shocker!

    Makes for an interesting season and the possibility of 3 London clubs in the top 4

  96. Eddie says:

    do you mean 2 plus Spurs?

  97. Big Raddy says:


    MU luck a point in extra time.

    Hoping for a draw at City with a number of red cards and injuries

  98. mickydidit89 says:

    Afternoon all

    Hoping for City win. Will watch the first half and see how I get on

  99. mickydidit89 says:

    Nice result at Anfield
    Could be back in second tomorrow

  100. mickydidit89 says:


    Delightful to see you back, although, if you dare to climb into your dungarees and doc martins and head out on to the streets of the capital with the angry wimin, I shall not speak to you again for at least six hours straight, and on this I will stand firm 🙂

  101. mickydidit89 says:

    Like the cars Erik and Chas

  102. fred1266 says:

    Chambers played RB today and got an assist

  103. chas says:

  104. mickydidit89 says:

    Ooo good city 1-0 missed that

  105. mickydidit89 says:

    he he he yessss

  106. Hi all

    Very entertaining game at the City ground, obviously lovely that spuds are losing but a draw suits us best.

    City haven’t played this well for weeks (well since their second half against us ).

    See 2-2

  107. Bloody refereeing again!!!!! City should have had a pen before spuds scored

  108. fred1266 says:

    Guess you had your wish BR

  109. fatgingergooner says:

    That 4th goal won me £80 from a 50p bet so can’t complain. If it ends 2-2 then 4 out of top 6 have dropped points this weekend. A win against Burnley would be very good timing if we can pull it off.

  110. Rasp says:

    Great results for us today ….. 2nd beckons 🙂

  111. No pressure boys, the others just dropped all the points that can take us back to second. No messing around tomorrow please, JUST WIN, COME ON ………..

  112. Eddie says:

    blimey, I watched highlights of City v Spurs game, looked like a fantastic game. Bloody referee spoilt the result again. Poor Pep

  113. Ant says:

    Bloody Lloris made us piss ourselves laughing..

  114. chas mobile says:

  115. Ant says:

  116. mickydidit89 says:

    The key to successful drinking is never to mix

    And then there’s Ant

  117. mickydidit89 says:

    The train is actually packed

    Apart from Ant ‘n Duck’s carriage

  118. Ant says:

    Looking forward to the cheese shop

  119. chas says:

    We booked Coach G to ourselves.

  120. Eddie says:

    he (ant) would never win an Oscar. He cannot pretend he is drinking, merely holding a can to his lips. All the cans and bottles unopened. Pretender.
    The photo is probably taken in chas’ back garden, they are going nowhere, I bet ya

  121. Ant says:

  122. chas mobile says:

  123. Ant says:

  124. chas mobile says:

    I always find the beer goes flat if you open them all when you first get on the train.

  125. Eddie says:

    ant, ant, ant – who do you think you are fooling??
    It is snowing today, your photos were clearly taken months ago

  126. Eddie says:

    is that right? I wouldn’t know
    I just thought you should open at least one to start drinking??

  127. chas mobile says:

  128. mickydidit89 says:

    Who is your waiter for the day? Ask him for a selfie

  129. Ant says:

    We don’t have waiters, it’s a butler you know

  130. chas mobile says:

    Cider shampoo – one down, 4 to go

  131. chas mobile says:

  132. Ant says:

  133. Ant says:

    He’s a bit camp and very friendly

  134. mickydidit89 says:

    I’m really hoping Ollie is rested, and we see a front three of Sanchez, Perez and Danny. That would be very bad news for Burnley and excellent news for the armchair fan

    Some attending fans neither care or know who is playing for rather obvious reasons 🙂

  135. Eddie says:

    micky – I have just read your comment about angry wemen 🙂 believe me or not, but angry wemen are usually more fan than the always happy ones

  136. chas says:

  137. Ant says:

    At least we know when the match starts and actually see it rather than be sleeping or washing our plimsolls

  138. Eddie says:

    ok, ok, ok Ant I believe you! you are on a train, you drank some cider…all could have been photographed months, even years ago

    no, not years, your replica shirt is brand new, isn’t it

  139. Ant says:

    Did you look at my 8.40 Micky

  140. chas says:

    If I really care about who plays, does it make a blind bit of difference?
    No, of course it doesn’t.
    I’ll start caring when I see the team at 1.15.

  141. Ant says:

  142. Eddie says:

    are you wearing white short in this weather???!!!!!

    micky – it is a scary thought that we have Ollie when other teams have Aguerro, Rooney, Costa, Hazard. Still, he is doing very well lately 🙂 and that scorpio kick puts him level with world class scorers

  143. mickydidit89 says:

    Sorry Ant, just went back and touched on your 8:40
    Superb, the Steve Bruce is sensational

  144. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Chavs are doing a Leicester. Winning when all around them are losing points

  145. chas says:

    Check the date above, Eddie

  146. Red Arnie says:

    motning all. matchday. ha ha ha. 🙂

    nice ant’n’dec show. 🙂

  147. Big Raddy says:

    Great travelogue. 4 beers by London? I would struggle with two. I am humbled

  148. Red Arnie says:

    wow, Micky, no Feo in your front three. what a pity! 🙂

  149. mickydidit89 says:

    He’s injured Beardy. Get with the script 🙂

  150. Ant says:

  151. Ant says:

    Hooray..the bearded lovely’ on

  152. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha h a Ant, superb

  153. Ant says:

    Yeah beardy, you need to pay attention to Micky and his factual awareness and tactical/fanatical attention to every match

  154. Ant says:

    Is there a game today?

  155. Ant says:

    Or did we play yesterday?

  156. Ant says:

    Tell us how good Lloris is again Eddie?

  157. chas says:

    If you have a kip at 2, you’ll be fresh for the match at 4.

  158. mickydidit89 says:

    Yip, he’s now on the cider 🙂

  159. mickydidit89 says:

    Ollie starts, and you’re right, I will be asleep until 4 🙂

  160. Red Arnie says:

    ha ha ha

  161. Ant says:

    BR- if I only had Egbert’s mead then I might feel a little bit tipsy. What happened to your pre match from yesterday?

  162. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, have a great day y’all. Back for KO

  163. Ant says:

    As the train is going via Timbuktu today, it is 5 beers BR!

  164. Morning all

    Nice Ant and Duck Travelogue

    Where has Raddy gone? I know there’s a post ………back in a minute

  165. Eddie says:

    lloris? had 2 stinkers yesterday. Still my favourite goalie in EPL

    does the train stop in Cuffley? I could go to the platform and wave to you, a hankie maybe? or even 2 fingers 🙂

  166. Ant says:

    He was my favourite yesterday as well

  167. Ant says:

    Well be there at Cuffley at 11.57 Eddie, no mooning!

  168. ☺☺☺ Arsenal rule!!

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