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The Sad State of Arsenal's Highbury Stadium

Maybe I’m getting older, but I’m getting a bit disillusioned by the Premiership. I’m witnessing first-hand some of the pervasive problems that need to be fixed including:

  • Players influencing referee decisions by getting in the face of officials
  • The lack of atmosphere as sedate football fans sit in plastic seats instead of terracing, and
  • The price of tickets (especially where they’re not providing value for the money).

While watching Premiership matches in-person and experiencing the atmosphere is special, it pales in comparison to what we should be getting for our money. In both the Everton and Blackburn matches I attended, the matches weren’t the best quality. The saving grace for both matches were wonderful goals by Arteta and Tugay. Both foreign stars. Both showing much more talent than the home-grown youngsters.

Let me get off my soapbox for a minute to introduce you to episode 37 of the EPL Talk Podcast, released earlier today featuring an interview with Chris Slegg from The Beautiful Game Podcast, my impressions of a torn down Highbury, and a reflection on the controversy from the Blackburn v Spurs match.

Listen to the podcast today at

You can view images from my trip to Highbury Stadium at

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2 Responses to The Sad State of Arsenal's Highbury Stadium

  1. frogsama says:

    Just listened to the podcast – I agree about the penalty at Blackburn and the need for a bit of aggro/cheap tickets/standing terraces at Premiership (what was wrong with “First Division”?) matches.
    Things are never the same, like seeing ex-girlfriends or visiting the same holiday resort.
    Don’t rely on British Fail to get you anywhere on time – that never changes!
    Thanks for posting pictures of (good?) old Arsenal.

  2. tyler says:

    Hey Gaffer,

    I just caught you on the Beautiful Game podcast. I agree with your assessment of some of the problems with the Premiership today. It’s one of the reasons I love watching the early round FA matches. It was lovely seeing guys with nothing to lose going balls out, for, in today’s case, 120 minutes, rather than compiling notes for the next part of their autobiography.



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