Calling all Australian Arsenal supporters

No news to speak of today so I thought I’d set you, the regular readers of the Arsenal FC Blog with a little homework task.

For those that aren’t aware – and I’m sure there are quite a few of you – despite being an Arsenal supporter I am a born and bred Australian who resides in Brisbane. See for yourself. The reason for telling you this is that I am very interested in promoting the community of Arsenal supporters in Australia through this very blog.

There are a undoubtedly a lot of great Arsenal blogs on the internet – Arseblog, Gunnerblog, Goodplaya, The Cannon, A Cultured Left Foot to name just a few – but to my knowledge the Arsenal FC Blog is the only blog from Australia that is consistently updated and has a reasonable readership.

Taking this into account I see quite a good opportunity to use this blog to promote the Arsenal community in Australia. For those that aren’t aware, there is an official Arsenal Australia community that does a similar thing, but this is still in it’s relevant infancy and their website does not have the facility to comment on daily news and opinions the way this blog provides.

Essentially my idea is to get Arsenal supporters in Australia communicating between themselves and with me to such an extent that I can facilitate events on Arsenal game nights at various pubs around the country. This would allow die-hard supporters to get together and share a beer and a cheer at Arsenal pubs late into the night (when games are played here) as well as providing venues for English travellers to follow Arsenal while they are away from home.

Arseblogger does this quite successfully with supporters from Ireland and although I don’t pretend to have the same readership and influence as he does I still feel the potential is there to build something special within the Arsenal community down under.

However, before I pursue this idea further I wanted to get some feedback from any readers of the blog who live in Australia. Basically I’d first like to know how many of you there are, where you’re from and whether you would be open to the idea of promoting some sort of Arsenal communities at various pubs around the country.

If you’re an Australian reader I’d urge you to leave a comment from this post and let me know what you think. If you’re from England or anywhere else in the world and you’re planning on travelling down under at some time in the future I’d also encourage you to let me know what you think. 

While I’m at it would also be great to hear from any other regular readers of the blog around the world. Let me know where you’re all from so that we can all get to know a little bit more about each other. I know it all sounds a bit warm and fuzzy but at the end of the day I feel it could well be a good idea.

Cheers in advance.

Let me know where you’re from and what you think of the idea by leaving a comment.

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86 Responses to “Calling all Australian Arsenal supporters”

  1. Adam
    May 27, 2008 at 5:26 pm #

    im a Malaysian student currently studying in Brisbane…and of course, im a mad Arsenal supporter. Gooners all the way!

  2. nr790
    May 27, 2008 at 5:32 pm #

    i live in sydney and am crazy about arsenal

  3. alex
    May 27, 2008 at 5:32 pm #

    hey im a massive arsenal fan from sydney and i wud love to watch games wif fellow arsenal fans but im only 16 haha.
    go u gunners!

  4. nr790
    May 27, 2008 at 5:33 pm #

    i actually have a blog but i dont know how to put it on newsnow can u help?

  5. arsenalroc
    May 27, 2008 at 5:36 pm #

    i am also a malaysian studying in the Gold Coast! and a mad arsenal fan! we need to mobilize cause there are wayyy too many liverfool supporters!

  6. Spanish Fry
    May 27, 2008 at 5:36 pm #

    @ nr790 – Go to the contact section of the blog and let me know what you need help with. I’ll be happy to give you some assistance.

  7. KURUPT
    May 27, 2008 at 5:40 pm #

    Love the idea MAD ARSENAL FAN I live in BRISBANE and play soccer here and would be awesome if more ARSENAL fans could get on this.

  8. nr790
    May 27, 2008 at 5:41 pm #

    i have sent you the details spanish fry hope you can help. i havent bothered updating because nobody will be able to read it how ever my website is http://arsenaleleven.wordpress.com

  9. Melbourne Gooner
    May 27, 2008 at 5:42 pm #

    Arsenal Australia have a forum on their site. Within this forum, there are sections for each state. Most states are meeting up and discuss this on the forum.

  10. Spanish Fry
    May 27, 2008 at 5:46 pm #

    @ Melbourne Gooner – Cheers. I’ve previously contacted Arsenal Australia to try and link up and have had some problem with the membership situation. I very much want to go through both the forums and here to create as big a following as possible.

  11. Panda Bear
    May 27, 2008 at 5:58 pm #

    Panda Bear likes Spanish Fry’s idea for Arsenal fans in Democratic Australia to enjoy the wonders of Arsenal in a good environment like Panda Bear in his Bamboo Enclosure with other friends. If Panda Bear travels to Australia he will be sure to stand side by side Arsenal brothers in the Inferior creature and strange unstrument Bar. That is all.

  12. Jono
    May 27, 2008 at 5:58 pm #

    Fuck yeah im from Sydney

  13. Alan H
    May 27, 2008 at 6:00 pm #

    im in sydney and would like the option of getting together for matches in a local pub with fellow fans

  14. munz
    May 27, 2008 at 6:08 pm #

    Sydney here. Top blog Spanish Fry came across it through some random links a while back and it soon came into my regular Arsenal blog list :p

    It is nice to hear about the team through an Australian perspective, regardless if its a different or relatively same opinion on various matters. Top work mate.

  15. Tim
    May 27, 2008 at 6:14 pm #

    I live in sydney and would love to see the australian arsenal community getting together to watch EPL games throughout the season

  16. Mark Cockell
    May 27, 2008 at 6:14 pm #

    Such a great idea. I was not looking forward to the prospect of moving to Australia and not being able to watch the games with other fans. I’m moving to the south east coast in Victoria. If you can keep me updated on where to watch the matches that would be wicked! Cheers

  17. Nick
    May 27, 2008 at 6:23 pm #

    Im a student in adelaide and I LOOOOOOOOOOOVEEEEEEE ARSENAL

    GOOOONNERSSS ALLLLLL THEEEEE WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

  18. Trernt
    May 27, 2008 at 6:25 pm #

    i live in cronulla, sydney, huge gooner. Saw them play at the emirates last season. amazing

  19. Alan
    May 27, 2008 at 6:28 pm #

    Can’t leave sunny Perth out of the equation. Let’s do it!

  20. GC GOONER
    May 27, 2008 at 6:29 pm #

    hey all would love to hook up and have a quenching ale or seven watching my beloved gooners with other diehards. i live on the Gold Coast.

  21. GC GOONER
    May 27, 2008 at 6:33 pm #

    by the way who is the hot chick on the photo. grrrrrrrr.

  22. Grant
    May 27, 2008 at 6:34 pm #

    It’s a great idea Spanish Fry. I regularly read this blog as I appreciate the fair, well thought-out opinions that you express. I comment on here occasionally also and would love to be able to watch some games with fellow Gooners around Brisbane. Oh… I live in Brisbane too. :-p

  23. Tomo
    May 27, 2008 at 6:34 pm #

    Hey everyone i live in Sydney and would love to see this plan go ahead.
    GO YOU GUNNERS!!

  24. david wesson
    May 27, 2008 at 6:39 pm #

    massive arsenal fan from Bondi ydney happy to hear and watch games with felSlow gooners

  25. Pez
    May 27, 2008 at 6:40 pm #

    Proudly an arsenal supporter in newcastle adrift in a sea of man utd and chelsea fans here!

    id love to watch an arsenal game with other fans, having NEVER HAD THE CHANCE IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!

  26. Hansolo
    May 27, 2008 at 6:41 pm #

    Great idea. Have followed The Gunners for 40 years and would love a regular Sydney pub venue to visit with the rest of the “clan” to cheer the lads on.

  27. butterfingers
    May 27, 2008 at 6:41 pm #

    I’m from england but been over here 8 years now and living in canberra just left brissy wish this had happened earlier but I’m up for it used to work at belco soccer club and got some friends there that will put on the games if we have a strong crowd as I’m sick to death of all these plastic manure and chelscum fans. LET’S DO THIS FOR THE LOVE OF ARSNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  28. alif -Arsenal Indonesia Supporter-
    May 27, 2008 at 6:43 pm #

    Currently studying in Brisbane .. regularly watched the match with some lads in Pig n Whistle Riverside or City when it’s held in the morning ….

    nice blog dude !! catch up later

  29. Meek
    May 27, 2008 at 6:53 pm #

    born and live in Brisbane. have supported arsenal since about 1997.

  30. MRad
    May 27, 2008 at 7:10 pm #

    I don’t see the point of the photograph…

  31. Felix-Melbourne
    May 27, 2008 at 7:10 pm #

    oH, MY GOD, such suprised that we r going to gathering together and be the real fans watching game!!!!

  32. Renae
    May 27, 2008 at 7:10 pm #

    Well I’m definitely in. I’m in Melbourne and would love to share the Arsenal joy.

  33. Warren
    May 27, 2008 at 7:13 pm #

    I am emigrating to sydney at the beginning of june and am A die hard arsenal fan. Would love to meet some gooners that I could watch the games with.

  34. Felix-Melbourne
    May 27, 2008 at 7:16 pm #

    hey guys who ever love Arsenal can add my MSN which is lx8789@hotmail
    we can really go hang out having Arsenal football pure fun in the next season.
    i am a international students, from china, been Aus for nearly 2 years.

  35. Jimmy
    May 27, 2008 at 7:27 pm #

    I am an Aussie living in London. Actually about a hundred metres from the Gunners Stadium. I am a mad gunners fan and have been to most of the games this year. I am moving back in November to Melbourne and the thing I will miss the most is going to watch the Gunners live. Even just live on TV. So I am very interested in getting toghther and watching games with fellow Gooners. I also plan on spreading the word.

  36. Felix-Melbourne
    May 27, 2008 at 7:31 pm #

    thats all just been fantastic
    i think we definite goona stick on together when the Arsenal games in on board cheers in advance!

  37. Renae
    May 27, 2008 at 7:32 pm #

    Are there many other female gunner fans reading this?

  38. Felix-Melbourne
    May 27, 2008 at 7:32 pm #

    i dont know for sure
    but should be a reasonable amount

  39. another gooner from melbourne
    May 27, 2008 at 7:37 pm #

    I’d be happy to help organise events with fellow gooners in melbourne!

  40. Evo in OZ
    May 27, 2008 at 7:40 pm #

    hey Spanish Fry, sounds good. ill be blogging on here!

    my favourite blog is le-grove.co.uk*, so ill be on both!

  41. shaz
    May 27, 2008 at 7:43 pm #

    plenty of arsenal fans here is sydney. me included. i didn’t miss an arsenal game all season, live ones that is!

  42. MRad
    May 27, 2008 at 7:43 pm #

    Ah forgot to say: Londoner born and bred, and I live within a stone’s throw of the stadium. Arsenal fan for 26 years now (I’m 42).

  43. Jarred
    May 27, 2008 at 7:55 pm #

    Massive arsenal fan from the sunshine coast!!! Just got back from London a couple of months ago, I am a member at Emirates and was lucky enough to see the Blackburn and Ac Milan games, supported them since I was born. Go the gunners!!!!

  44. tcp_13
    May 27, 2008 at 7:58 pm #

    i’m an indonesian but soon to be working in melbourne starting next august. well, i’ll be there only for half a year but please do tell me if you’re arranging something about Arsenal… victoria concordia crescit…

  45. Evo in OZ
    May 27, 2008 at 8:04 pm #

    oh i forgot to say, im in Sydney. used to live in melbourne and also UK!

  46. TDP
    May 27, 2008 at 8:19 pm #

    I live in North London but I’d just like to say that I think what you’re doing is fantastic Spanish. Building up a community and watching games together is the best thing a blog can accomplish. Bringing people together in a group with a common binary ingredient – a love for the Arsenal. I hope your efforts are a success.

  47. Dzul
    May 27, 2008 at 8:21 pm #

    Gonner from Singapore!

  48. tom
    May 27, 2008 at 8:21 pm #

    i live in adelaide now. any others from here?

  49. C-Bass
    May 27, 2008 at 8:25 pm #

    Good luck with your idea SF. I’m a gunners fan in the United States up in the Seattle area. I just recently spied an English Pub in the area where I went for the Champions League final but I still haven’t found one that plays live EPL games. Pubs in the States don’t seem to keen on opening up at nine o’clock in the morning. Must be Spud fans.

  50. Josh
    May 27, 2008 at 8:41 pm #

    G’day, g’day

    I’m Singaporean by birth, but I currently live in Melbourne and am now a citizen. I’ve been supporting Arsenal for as long as I care to remember. I love this idea of a network within Australia! It seems football is not given enough attention as AFL (uggh), Rugby (it’s all right), and Cricket (nuff said).

  51. Fernando
    May 27, 2008 at 8:47 pm #

    My name is Fernando Guilherme.I have supported Arsenal for well over 40 years but have only seen the gunners play 4 live games.How i enjoyed the euro final althought we were beaten by the spanish.By the way i live in Johannesburg,South Africa

  52. Goonergerry
    May 27, 2008 at 8:56 pm #

    I am a life long fan – moved from UK back to to Aus in 93 – am an Aussie- live in Melbourne-My family are ALL Arse fans all over the world- including Uncle and cousins in Brisbane. Have not missed a game in years. Great idea. Would hook up in Bris or Melb.

  53. Marto
    May 27, 2008 at 8:57 pm #

    Yeah why not, can’t hurt to go out for some coldies and bitch about Eboue with someone who understands. 😉

  54. Jammathon
    May 27, 2008 at 8:59 pm #

    You’ve broken my heart enough times not being around when Im at the P&W, Spanish Fry ;). Nice dig at my not updating, but eh. I can have no complaints, heh.

    Im all for getting an Arsenal ‘fraternity’ going down under. Im getting tired of having to go with Liverpool fans to enjoy atmosphere while the odd sprinkling (read: one or two, including myself) Arsenal fans quietly sit and drink coke.

  55. sunnycoast gooner
    May 27, 2008 at 9:04 pm #

    up on the sunshine coast.

  56. Spanish Fry
    May 27, 2008 at 9:06 pm #

    Thanks for your responses everyone. I absolutely appreciate it. I will be in contact with Arsenal Australia to get something sorted out before the start of next season.

    @ Jammathon – No offence meant at all – I promise you. And I’ve probably been there at the same time as you and not known it, as you say there is generally only a sprinkling of Arsenal supporters compared with the Liverpool/Man United fans at the Brisbane Pig ‘n’ Whistle.

    To the future.

  57. Spanish Fry
    May 27, 2008 at 9:12 pm #

    Also, Renae asked if there are any female fans around in Melbourne? Any takers?

  58. Aaron H
    May 27, 2008 at 11:00 pm #

    A very good idea! Gold Coast would be an ideal place for all Gooner fans to catch up on game night.

  59. younggunner
    May 27, 2008 at 11:13 pm #

    Is anybody from Switzerland?

  60. Mexican Gunner
    May 28, 2008 at 5:15 am #

    love the idea!!
    cheers for all the aussies!

  61. felix-melbourne
    May 28, 2008 at 8:42 am #

    cheers in advance
    gunners australia!

  62. Jammathon
    May 28, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    If you were at the Arsenal/Chelsea game in December, or the second leg of the Champs League against ‘Pool, Im the one who rants and raves hysterically. I danced on my own up front when Gallas scored against Chelsea. On my own! The shame of it all.

  63. butterfingers
    May 28, 2008 at 2:50 pm #

    I know jammathon what you mean as I was yelling at the tv in canberra casino when dudu got his leg broke and got told to calm down as I was putting everyone off their game of blackjack.

  64. Spanish Fry
    May 28, 2008 at 4:09 pm #

    @ Jammathon – I think I saw you at the Pig man. Were you there on the Sunday night when Arsenal lost 2-1 to Manchester United. There was one berk there who sang all the songs for Arsenal against about a thousand Manchester supporters. Ultimate respect if it was you haha.

  65. KURUPT
    May 28, 2008 at 10:28 pm #

    SO AWESOME TO SEE SO MANY OF MY FELLOW ARSENAL BROTHERS I ALWAYS KNEW THERE WERE SO MANY ARSENAL FANS its gr8 to see, how FUCKEN AWESOME would it be to catch up and see a game with ppl that understand the meaning of BEAITIFUL FOOTBALL.
    If U live in BRISBANE HOLLER should all catch up when the GOONERS PLAY.
    PEACE 😉 KURUPT
    GUNNER 4 LIFE

  66. KURUPT
    May 28, 2008 at 10:45 pm #

    Oh yeah heres MY E-MAIL HOLLER.
    ravz07@hotmail.com
    KURUPT

  67. imran
    May 29, 2008 at 1:18 am #

    i’m from malaysia, currently studying in melbourne. and seriously, i’m a huge huge huge fan of arsenal. watched their game since i was as little as 10 (and back then, epl wasn’t even famous in asia !). they were the first team i watched on tv, and fell in love immediately with their football. 3 years without a trophy would still not stop me from supporting arsenal. i like the idea of mad arsenal fans getting together and watch how we turn on the style, how football should really be played. watching arsenal play in a champions league final would be great 🙂

    it’s great to here there are many arsenal fans here in australia and i think it’s a great idea what u’re suggesting here. good on ya mate !

  68. michael
    June 1, 2008 at 1:07 pm #

    live in sydney and am a gooner….so where do we go to watch the footy together

  69. JP
    July 13, 2008 at 9:43 pm #

    hi mate theres a few of us down on the coast and we had a meet up at the Pig N Whistle with a few of the Brisbane/Sunshine coast crew.. in the process of arranging another meet early this year..

    saw your post on the aus supporters forum, anyway just letting you know theres a few of us around..

    JP/

  70. Goonerette
    August 17, 2008 at 12:24 am #

    Never realised there was so many Gooners in Australia. Moved to the Sunshine Coast from Islington 2 years ago leaving behind Highbury and my season ticket – East Stand upper at Highbury.
    UP THE GUNNERS!

  71. Niranjan
    September 9, 2008 at 1:29 am #

    I’m from melbourne. I want to see arsenal matches in pub with fellow gooners. Any gooner from melbourne can call me at 0433004920

  72. Evo in OZ
    September 9, 2008 at 6:44 pm #

    Niranjan – the Melbourne gooners meet at the Celtic Club in Melbourne for the games! Corner of Queen street and La Trobe Streets. cheers

  73. jayden
    February 2, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    GOO THE GUNNNERSSSS

    i is from melbourne.

  74. arsenal for life
    February 2, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    hey guys..im malaysian…coming to study in brisbane in feb….i would love to watch the game there with other fans with a nice cold beer

  75. Oliver Keighley
    March 8, 2009 at 8:36 pm #

    Is Roma vs Arsenal on the TV at all, I’m in Brisbane!

  76. Steve D
    March 11, 2009 at 4:44 pm #

    In brisbane too – ex-season ticket from 96 – 05 (east stand lower, block G, row 22, seat 16)…why are ESPN and SBS both showing manure !!!! at least give us a red button…

  77. Al
    March 19, 2009 at 12:48 am #

    I am going to be in Aus (sydney) from April until June. Obviously gonna be some big games in these months – where can i meet up with fellow gooners? I guess its hard to watch the 3pm games with the time difference but the 12.00pm k.o and possibly the 20.00pm k.o’s shold be ok?

    If we get to the champs league final in may then we have to organise something huge!

    please get back to me if you can help

  78. rich
    April 16, 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    A real help would be if someone posted the times and sports channel that games are on.I have all the sports channels but never know when and where to view the games seems hit and miss sometimes especially as i work shifts. would kill for a reliable listing.Thanks Rich

  79. rich
    April 17, 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    Any gooners near Caloundra want to get together to watch a game/beer? email me richardpa1965@yahoo.co.uk

  80. Greg Houghton
    November 9, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    Howzit Gooners,
    Just moved to brissey.I live on the south side (clocked end). Looking to hook up with some hardcore gooners to watch a few games and have a beer or 10. Let me know if anyone is keen?
    Arsenal til i die
    eie
    Greg

  81. sexy anna
    November 19, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    Admiral 1982 England Home Shirt L, XL or XXL – only $35

    Any Gooners interested?

  82. Aza
    November 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    Where are Arsenal supporter pubs in Sydney??

  83. Brendan
    October 2, 2011 at 3:34 am #

    Hi Im staying at Peregian Beach for the weekend and am frantically searching for a venue to watch the game againts Spurs tonight. Any ideas?

  84. Jimmy Larcombe
    May 5, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    Hey Andrew!
    Hope this thread is still reaching you!
    Im a Brisbane based lad and lifelong arsenal supporter!
    I’ve got a close group of friends who also support arsenal as well and we all get together each game at my place in new farm! Got the big screen hd fox and FIFA12 for pre/post match antics!
    Don’t hesitate to get in touch, I work at the hype store in Brisbane in between uni always keen for a yarn and typically wearing my arsenal kit!
    Oooh to be a gooner!

  85. steven
    January 13, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    hey i’m an arsenal fan and would like to watch arsenal games with fello supporters. what pubs can you in sydney to watch arsenal games?

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