Arsenal FC – Our away record against FC Bate Borisov

FC BATE Borisov is a Belarusian football team from the city of Barysaw. The club competes in the Belarusian Premier League. The club’s home stadium is Borisov Arena, which was opened in 2014 it has a capacity of 13,126. BATE is an acronym of Borisov Automobile and Tractor Electronics.

The team was founded in 1973 and then disbanded in 1984. Prior to being disbanded they won the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic league three times (1974, 1976 and 1979), the club was re-established in 1996.

They are the reigning champions and are the league’s most successful club with 15 titles, 13 won consecutively. The club has also won three Belarusian Cups and four Belarusian Super Cups. BATE is the only Belarusian team to have qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League (2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15 and 2015–16) and one of two to qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League (2009–10, 2010–11, 2017–18 and 2018–19), along with Dinamo Minsk.

The following comes from a stadium guide and is not a great reason to travel.

The Borisov Arena is located on the edge of the city surrounded by forests, office parks, and some residential housing. There is not much to see or do near the stadium so little reason to head over long before the match. Barysaw is a rather sleepy city so there isn’t much to do elsewhere either, but you’ll be able to find a few places to eat or drink in central Barysaw around Revolution Avenue or around Gagarina street near the coach station. There are barely any hotels in Barysaw so your choice is either to go for one of the very basic options or pick one of the apartment rentals around the city.

The alternative (as most of the travelling Gooners seem to be doing) is to stay in Minsk. In fact Arsenal FC have arranged coaches for fans to make the 70km journey. Coaches will depart from Lenin street (metro station Pershamayskaya) opposite the Minsk Concert Hall.

Minsk Concert Hall


Belarusian Premier League
Winners (15): 1999, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Belarusian Cup
Winners (3): 2006, 2010, 2015

Belarusian Super Cup
Winners (7): 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Belarusian Second League

Winners: 1996
Belarusian Soviet era champions
Winners (3): 1974, 1976, 1979

The only occasion we have played against Bate in Belarus was in the 2017/18 Europa League when we won 4-2.

Thursday 28th September 2017 – FC Bate Borisov 2 Arsenal 4

Two early goals from Theo Walnutt and a close range header from Rob Holding gave the boys in powder blue a commanding lead. Bate sneaked one back before FFS Giroud sealed the win with a penalty just after half time. Bate’s second 20 minutes from time proved no more than a consolation. A 17 year-old Reiss Nelson impressed at right wing back.

I expect us to win – but then again we are the 2018/19 version of Arsenal so –?



38 Responses to Arsenal FC – Our away record against FC Bate Borisov

  1. chas says:

    Thanks, GN5

    We are now building up a bit of history against Bate!

  2. chas says:

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  4. mickydidit89 says:

    Great vid. Swear I spotted a drag queen

  5. mickydidit89 says:

    Temporary apologies, GN5, but will do the post shortly, although have a horrible feeling I’ll echo Chas’ alarm at us even having any history with Bate 🙂

  6. chas says:

    Apols to GN5.
    The title was my attempt at irony.
    And we have to provide something similar for next week’s home leg!

  7. LBG says:

    Thanks for the right post GN5
    Thanks to Chas for the Brady extra. As my Bros know, my most treasured piece of Arse memorabilia is a signed black and white, head on picture of Liam in the immediate aftermath of that goal as he runs towards the crowd. Liam insisted he would only sign if my Bros could name the other Arsenal players in the picture and background. Easy meat for the Vines Bros.
    Since my nom de plume has now been revealed, I need to confess to having a black Labrador called Brady as well! Getting a bit creepy now, and I haven’t even told another family story of the great man!!

  8. LBG says:

    Thanks to GN5 for the right post.
    Thanks to Chas for the Liam extra.
    My Bros know that my most treasured piece of Arsenal memorabilia is a signed, black and white, head on picture of the aftermath of that goal. Brady said he would sign if they could name the other other Arsenal players in the picture and background. No problem of course for Vines Bros!
    Now that my nom de plume has also been revealed to Fred, I also have to own up to a black labrador called Brady. Perhaps its getting a bit creepy now, and I haven’t even revealed another family story about the great man!!

  9. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, thanks GN5

    70km to the nearest boozer. Yikes, not an attractive proposition at all.

    Let’s face it, getting back into the CL does generally offer the more attractive travel destinations

  10. LBG says:

    Sorry, thought I lost first effort!

  11. LBG says:

    Sorry, thought I’d lost first attempt.

  12. mickydidit89 says:

    Are you pissed LBG? 🙂

  13. chas says:

    WordPress playing up for me as well, LBG.

    My first comment didn’t appear, hence the full stop comment immediately after.

  14. mickydidit89 says:

    I’m sober, and it appears to be working just fine 🙂

  15. RA says:

    Good morning, one and all. 😀

    These double quotes for the Vines is almost as good as Eddie and her missing arse .. tut .. ‘Rs’.

    If WordPress combines them that would be teibly idiculous.

    Hold hard — didn’t the ‘R’ get replaced with a wubblyou? Now, that would have been ‘tewwibly widiculous’.

  16. RA says:

    as Eddie and her missing arse .. tut .. ‘Rs’.

    If WordPress combines them that would be teibly idiculous.

    Hold hard — didn’t the ‘R’ get weplaced with a wubblyou? Now, that would have been ‘tewwibly widiculous’.

  17. chas says:

  18. LBG says:

    Thanks for that Chas. Starting to believe karma was getting me back for a two day sojourn!!
    Three little snippets all of which made me laugh from radio and papers yesterday/today.
    1. Good, non football friend, of Gordon Banks with him on a night out and the usual fan comes up and says he remembers ” that” save so well and lavishes usual praise.
    Friend says, that must happen to you all the time Gordon? His reply ” sometimes, can’t wait for that header to go in!”
    2. Juventus Sporting Director says they will get the best out of Aaron because Arsenal never played him in his best position. Me thought, good luck if you are going to play him at left back or goalkeeper!! But no! Juventus will play him “as an inside forward in a front three”! Wherever the hell that position is!!!
    3. David Seaman and Ray Parlour relaying the details of the famous “Oh no Kanu, you should have passed it back to their goalkeeper” goal that shouldn’t have been in the Cup against Sheffield United. It is the 20th anniversary.
    I had heard the full story from Ray before ( he took the throw on), and of course it was Kanu’s debut and he didnt understand the custom of returning the ball to the opposition after an injury.
    David added a little extra to the story, that he had all the Utd fans screaming at him behind the goal ” throw it into your own net, Seaman”.

    Funny old game.

  19. LBG says:

    Not drunk Didit, unfortunately, and just produced another offering that hasn’t gone through ( I think), so going to pause again and wish you all a happy day.

  20. allezkev says:

    Happy Birthday Liam Brady, fabulous memories from WHL that day in 1978, Chippy had walked onto the pitch in a long leather coat before kick off and went over to all the Arsenal fans in the Park Lane end waving and encouraging them. As he left the pitch he was repeatedly spat on by those fine gentleman of N17 crowded around the tunnel area, he then returned resplendent in his red shirt a bit later and utterly destroyed the home team.

  21. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all,

    We are still suffering from the aftermath of yesterdays ice storm and today it’s -7c with high winds and lots of snow. Just another day in a Canadian winter,

    Looks like word press has the hiccups this morning.

    It’s hard to get too excited about tomorrows game we should win handily but I’m always concerned about our squeaky (lack of) defense.

    Thanks for the comments,

    Chas your 6:25 was a wonderful reminder of just what a magic left foot Liam Brady possessed – stunning goal which was scored in the perfect venue – the Cockrell’s nest.

  22. chas says:

    Weather in Minsk earlier this morning.
    Better tomorrow though.

  23. chas says:

    It’s playing silly buggers again.

  24. LBG says:

    How many AAers have been to Minsk

  25. LBG says:

    Not a fan of trolls but can’t help snickering at the one suggesting to Manure fans we gave them Sanogo instead of Sanchez!!!

  26. RA says:

    I suspect it is a minskule number, LBG

  27. mickydidit89 says:

    I’m not convinced those are ideal conditions for Mesut. I’d rest him

    Very good 🙂

  28. LBG says:

    You Minxsk, RA!

  29. LB says:

    “Good, non football friend, of Gordon Banks with him on a night out and the usual fan comes up and says he remembers ” that” save so well and lavishes usual praise.
    Friend says, that must happen to you all the time Gordon? His reply ” sometimes, can’t wait for that header to go in!””

    This is so good.

    RIP Mr Banks.

  30. Red Arnie says:

    wow, GN5. what a star! never thought it was possible to pen such a wonderful post about a Minsk-y game. Well played! 🙂

    Wonderful vid in the morning, Chas. The sun may have never set on the British Empire those days, but I have to admit I have never seen so much sun in London! 🙂

  31. GunnerN5 says:

    There will be a familiar face in the Belarusian side. Former Arsenal defender Alexander Hleb, 37, spent three years at the club and made 130 appearances before joining Barcelona in 2008.

    “Arsenal are at the peak of readiness – for them this is a huge plus,” Hleb told Belarusian newspaper Pressball. “It will be hard for us. But we will try to squeeze the maximum out of the physical form that we have gained.

    “The usual preparation is under way. We held a training camp in Turkey and got into shape, as far as possible at the current stage. It is clear that we did not achieve ideal conditions in such a short time.

    “We are not yet ready [to play at] 100 per cent, but the coaching staff decided not to force anything – realizing that the guys had to rest after a hard season. And now we are working – in general, everything is according to plan.”

  32. mickydidit89 says:

    Looked at CL results this week. Don’t think Utd losing is good for us at all. Want all english teams in that comp. for as long as possible I would have thought

    Meanwhile, we play the 2nd XI (except Mesut of course) and generally take it easy

  33. chas says:


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