Three Big Points
Sunday 6th December 2015
After an extremely difficult November to start this month off with a victory is as pleasing as it was essential. It wasn’t exactly a vintage performance admittedly but three points is more than welcome.
Back in 1983 I was a 13 year old boy and thoroughly looked forward to my trips to Highbury. Our team were going through a relatively transitional period after our cup exploits of the late seventies and the success we enjoyed under George Graham.
Our home game with Sunderland highlighted our inconsistency at that time, a 2-1 defeat sandwiched in between a 6-2 away win at Villa and a memorable 2-1 away win at the Lane in the League Cup. Some things never change I guess 😉
Looking at the programme notes little did we realise at the time just what success our reserves and youths would give us all to enjoy in future seasons. Names like Thomas, Rocastle, Keown, Campbell, Hayes were present.
Another was a young lad called Adams. And despite our home defeat that day it was to be the first time we saw our legendary future captain don the famous red and white. I’m sure like us even he didn’t realise quite what a journey he was embarking on.
I think we all like a 3pm Saturday game and yesterday gave us just that, a situation that seems to be such a rarity these days. And I thoroughly enjoyed it to be fair.
Some football clichés are over used at times but I definitely think the ‘there are no easy games’ example is more accurate these days than ever before.
Yesterday’s visitors are in the lower reaches of the Premier League for a reason. But on yesterday’s showing I can’t see that remaining the situation. Don’t get me wrong we definitely deserved to win the game but if luck went against us we also could have ended up dropping points.
How crucial a victory it will turn out to be is difficult to gauge of course but heading away from the ground it certainly felt more important than usual.
We all know our injury situation but players will come back. During this time every win we get under our belts feels doubly satisfying. And yesterday was the first.
Back in the time of Tony Adams’ debut the FA Cup 3rd Round draw was always on a Monday. Mid morning or lunchtime if my memory serves me right. I say that because it always used to coincide with ‘breaktime’ at school. All those of us with an interest would gather round a crackly radio and gloss and glamour was restricted to the sound of the balls in the bag.
Tomorrow sees the big day come around once again as every club left in the competition goes into the hat with the aim of doing what we have for 2 years on the bounce and lift that famous trophy at Wembley in May.
And the fact we could face the likes of Whitehawk, Salford or Eastleigh is why it is and always will be the greatest cup competition in the world.
Soon after we find out who we will be facing in January it’s Heathrow Airport for me as I join my fellow travelling Gooners Athens bound for what is an almost unique last game in our Champions League group.
I can’t remember being in this situation before and the fact it will be us or our hosts who progress on the night means it promises to be a lively old night whatever happens.
Given our injuries and the room for no errors it’s a tough ask.
But an achievable one.
Come on you Gunners!