An away draw at Sutton Utd . A win takes us into the 6th round a loss is unthinkable
Back in the Days of Yore, I went with AFC to Yeovil for an away Cup game.
In order to get tickets one had to check in the program, find out when the tickets went on sale and then arrive at Highbury at least 4 hours before the sale time. This meant bunking off school, not a problem for some but I had High Hopes (sadly unachievable 🙂 )
I recall it was a very cold queue though we got to sing a fair bit before the turnstiles opened. I am not sure but think we queued at the Clock End, but as I seemed to be forever queuing for tickets to see the Arsenal, it could have been the North Bank. I preferred the North Bank because then I got a chance to visit the sweet shop to buy a bag of Mint Imperials.
Thousands were in the queue and less than half would have got tickets. Such was the disdain of the club for it’s fans that there was little stewarding and no-one to assess when to stop people from a vain pursuit. Even as a schoolboy I was able to understand that if there were 1000 tickets on sale, in a queue of 30000+ most would be wasting their time. But then, this was in The Days Of Yore, when folk just queued for a hobby. I remember queueing every Saturday night for the newspaper!
Different today. The molly-coddled away boys apply for tickets from the cosy comfort of their sitting rooms, only having to press a few keys on their laptops.
It was a long journey on a freezing day down to Yeovil. Dennis Sugarman got attacked by some Yokels but not too badly. We escaped a beating by running into a hotel lobby. It was the Way it Was.
We won 3-0, thanks to a Raddy brace and went on to win the Double.
So …. Sutton away. Should be exciting.
Yeovil is (and was) much like Sutton. A banana-skin fixture. Tiny ground, crap pitch, no glory for a victory.
p.s. I am reminded that we are playing Watford at the Emirates tonight! And it is transfer Deadline Day! Just in case you are thinking “what a silly old fool Raddy is” may I point out that Tempes Fugit and it will be your turn to live in the cosy cocoon of forgetfulness in the coming years 😀
Bellerin Gabriel Koscielny Monreal
Ramsey Coquelin Iwobi
Theo Sanchez Ozil
We need a good and an injury-free performance ahead of Chelsea
Let it be so …
written by Big Raddy