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How Arsenal's Sport's Centre Won The Thumbs Up
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25 March, 2009 19:03
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/04/2009 21:12 by Padre Pio.

 
Re: How Arsenal's Sport's Centre Won The Thumbs Up
Gooner_Mike (IP Logged)
26 March, 2009 14:13
Good read I'm glad it all worked out, I just have a problem with why the club didnt feel it was appropiate to make a community sports centre in the first place after they tore down a perfectly good one in the first place.

Another example of "its not very profitable so were not going to make it" corporate behaviour from the people at the top who dont have a clue what Arsenall football club is about.

Next step how about they charge food and beverages at a reasonable price so adults and kids alike can feed themselves for less than a weeks wages.

 
Re: How Arsenal's Sport's Centre Won The Thumbs Up
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
26 March, 2009 19:00
I agree Mike, its because they look at the balance sheet and not value for fans.

 
Re: How Arsenal's Sport's Centre Won The Thumbs Up
Gööfle11 (IP Logged)
26 March, 2009 19:56
As they should do. Money is more important to any business.

 
Re: How Arsenal's Sport's Centre Won The Thumbs Up
Gooner_Mike (IP Logged)
26 March, 2009 20:09
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As they should do. Money is more important to any business.

If they dont recognise that the local community is the life of any football club then all the stockpiling of money will become the death of them.

In the long term it is a logical decision, who knows they may even pick up the next thierry henry from the centre, get sold to barca for 40 million and the complex will have been paid for.

 
Re: How Arsenal's Sport's Centre Won The Thumbs Up
Gööfle11 (IP Logged)
26 March, 2009 20:15
They can do this stuff as well. I do agree with sport centers and what not, but profit is more important.

 
Re: How Arsenal's Sport's Centre Won The Thumbs Up
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
26 March, 2009 22:19
I dont think you read the article closely enough TH14.
Without community support the development of Queensland Road could have been delayed.
The fact that local people could see there was some benefit to them meant that Arsenal benefited from that support.

Corporate power cannot just ignore the people - it might not be the next Henry, but at least thousands of local youth will become regular supporters one day

 
Re: How Arsenal's Sport's Centre Won The Thumbs Up
Gööfle11 (IP Logged)
27 March, 2009 08:04
My reaction was to your post, not the article. I haven't read the article.

 
Re: How Arsenal's Sport's Centre Won The Thumbs Up
Sebastian87 (IP Logged)
27 March, 2009 08:39
Good point about delays, Padre. Haven't we suffered enough delays already? If Arsenal had kept allthe money they've spent on lawyers and other advisers they could have built several sports centres. Just imagine how much extra they'd have spent if this was delayed another few months.

Also, without the sportsd centre they'd be stung a few extra million for Section 106 benefits. Sounds like they've made the right move; pity it took so long.

 
Re: How Arsenal's Sport's Centre Won The Thumbs Up
younghansolo (IP Logged)
27 March, 2009 11:18
This was tremendous news. The sports centre was always a part of the Identity of Arsenal. Especially Arsenal in the community. I feel that Arsenal have been too far away from their fans since the move to the Emirates. Anyone else remember being able to meet the players on the way into Highbury?

I used to love playing at the JVC centre when i was little and having the opportunity to meet David Seamen was amazing for a young player like me. I doubt however that the board really wanted this however. I think they would prefer revenue now.

At last Arsenal are stetching into Islington again!

 
Re: How Arsenal's Sport's Centre Won The Thumbs Up
Gooner_Mike (IP Logged)
27 March, 2009 14:09
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Anyone else remember being able to meet the players on the way into Highbury?

The first time I went to watch Arsenal I was about 10 I think against Port Vale in the FA cup 3rd round which ended 0-0. It was a dire match but before it I was with my dad in a E reg Fiat Panda when the team bus came up behind us and we had to pull over to the side, as it drove past I saw tony adams and keown sat at the back of the bus and i gave them a wave and they waved back, silly story I know but it made my day!

 
Re: How Arsenal's Sport's Centre Won The Thumbs Up
AJ The Gunner (IP Logged)
27 March, 2009 14:38
great read.finally it worked out and this is good.

 
Re: How Arsenal's Sport's Centre Won The Thumbs Up
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
28 March, 2009 00:02
There was a bookies on Blackstock Road they would be there 1 hour before the game.
They even sat in local coffee bar.
Last active player I ever saw in Pub was Ray P after a match in the Bank of Friendship.
They used to attend the supporters club annual dance. I am not taliking about Legends but regular Ist teamers.
All gone now. There is no link between the fans and players anymore. Its millionaires and Peasants.

 
Re: How Arsenal's Sport's Centre Won The Thumbs Up
Gooner_Mike (IP Logged)
28 March, 2009 00:09
Not that I'm a fan but my mates are quite into Rugby and there always going to these Rugby balls and charity events and the players, not legends either real national team players walk amongst the room and just chat with people as if they were regular people, its something that just wouldnt happen in football these days well especially top tier football leagues anyway, there live in their own little bubbles.

 
Re: How Arsenal's Sport's Centre Won The Thumbs Up
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
03 February, 2016 08:44
Last night demonstrated how far the gap is developing between fans and players. I don't remember the fans singing one players name. The main chant was a frustrated come on Arsenal and secondly if you hate Tottenham. At half time and at end desultory booing was aimed mainly at wenger.



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: How Arsenal's Sport's Centre Won The Thumbs Up
Merlion96 (IP Logged)
03 February, 2016 10:15
Next time, follow NFL style.
Bring a brown paper bag and put over the head with sign proclaiming "Too embarrassed to watch".

After all, the disconnect between fans and players are just like NFL with teams relocating to various city regularly.


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