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What a week it has been to be a Gooner, especially if you are in Singapore!
Knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup at Old Trafford with our boy Welbz scoring and celebrating the winner will stick with all of us for a very long time. That Tuesday morning, we had almost 70 of us cheering and singing at Molly Roffey’s (which included a few very silent and I must say respectful Mancs).
On Wednesday, it was finally officially announced that the Arsenal will be coming to our very shores in July to take part in the Barclays Asia Trophy alongside football teams Everton and Singapore Selection as well as Stoke City.
It’s been 24 long years since the greatest team the world has ever seen have been to Singapore so mark your diaries and make sure you are in town for the week of 13 July!
Ticketing details will only be released from May but as a club, Arsenal Singapore are already in touch with the promoters to make arrangements to bulk purchase tickets and have all of us Gooners allocated one section in the stadium. So hang on for now and wait for us to share with you more news when we get them.
I know everyone is excited but there is very little we can answer when we get bombarded with questions about how to buy tickets when we clearly indicated on our posts that we will only have those details much later.
Back to the present, we still have plenty to look forward to before the likes of the BFG, HFB and Le Coq touch down at Changi.
BAGBAR registrations are down to the last two weekends so if you have yet to sign up, what are you waiting for? Come down to Molly’s at Bras Basah this Saturday 14 March from after 9pm and sign da thing!
We play West Ham at 11pm and you have the option of both Bras Basah and Dorsett to go to catch the match.
A big shout out to the 15 Singapore Gooners who have made the trip to the Emirates for this match! Sing up loud and proud and make sure you come back with them 3 points!
Come Wednesday morning (18 March), we play our 2nd leg against Monaco in the Champions League. We are up against it but it is very much still mission possible.
The great news is that Molly Roffey’s (Bras Basah) will stay open for the 3.45am kickoff so do come on down to hopefully witness one of our greatest comebacks in our history. You just never know!
Ok, I think I’ve rambled on for quite a bit but it’s really been a very special week for a Singapore Gooner!
I’ve got quite a few things to inform you so I’ll get straight to it.
First up, the great news is that Molly Roffey’s (Bras Basah) will be open for our FA Cup Quarterfinal against Man United!
That’s right, make sure you join us for what could be another classic cup tie in the early hours of Tuesday 10 March our time, with the kick off at 3.45am. Almost 9,000 Gooners will be rocking up to Manchester for the game despite the travel challenges so what is a trip to Bras Basah for all of us?
Given that it’s an early kickoff, we will not be taking any sign-ups for BAGBAR this weekend. But fret not, you still have time to sign up as they will resume the next two Saturdays prior to our matches against West Ham and Newcastle.
As most of you would have known by now, Arsenal Singapore has adopted Children’s Aid Society as our beneficiary for the season. At our year end party in December, we auctioned off several Arsenal memorabilia and thanks to the generosity of our Singapore Gooners, we raised $5,000 for them which was matched dollar for dollar by matching grants from the ministry.
When we went down to present our donations, we also initiated conversations with them on what else we can do to as a club to help them. We did not want the partnership to be just about a one-off donation.
Children’s Aid Society runs Melrose Home which is mainly made up of children below the age of 12. They have since asked us whether we could help conduct football sessions about twice a month for their group of boys aged between 8 and 12.
Arsenal Singapore will need at least three volunteers per session and this is where you come in. We’ll start off with monthly sessions, with the first one tentative set for Sunday 22 March from 3 to 5pm. We will then explore expanding them to twice a month.
We hope to hear from you soon!
In the meantime, let’s get behind the boys to make sure we have another trip to Wembley come April!
Greetings my fellow Gooners,
I hope you are feeling better by the time you receive this newsletter. I guess the less said about our Monaco game the better. It was just a horrible feeling of déjà vu and the sensation that we are somehow stuck in this Champions League round of 16 Groundhog Day. I was informed quite quickly that the chance of us progressing through to the next round is 1.5% based on statistics and history. My response to that was at least we still have a chance. It’s slim and looking improbable right now, but still a chance.
As supporters, we experience the highs and the lows with the team and the only thing all of us can do is look forward to the next match.
Thankfully, the next one is this Sunday night in the league when we welcome Everton to the Emirates. We have decent form in the league and there’s no time for anyone to feel sorry as the competition for a top 4 spot is really heating up.
Both Molly Roffey’s Bras Basah and Dorsett are open for our 10pm kickoff.
Sign-ups for Arsenal Singapore’s very own Be A Gunner, Be A Runner on 11 April will continue this Sunday from 8pm to 9.30pm at Bras Basah so do head on down to secure your spot for our maiden run at our very own National Stadium.
For the first time, we will also be having a lucky draw for all runners on the day with some fantastic Arsenal merchandise from Puma up for grabs. So wait no further and round up your Gooner friends and families to run for a good cause, with 100% of all fees collected going to the Arsenal Foundation.
Lastly, we need to have an indication of interest from our members in coming to catch our FA Cup match against Man United early Tuesday 10 March morning before we make the request for Molly Roffey’s to stay open for it.
Ultimately it has to make sense for them in terms of numbers so do drop me a note separately by this weekend only if you are likely to come. We will then make a decision by the middle of next week.
Stay positive and COYG!