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  • That Was a Friday
    Friday 11th August 2017 You can’t let three goals at home and expect to come away with three points. With 20 minutes to go that very line was in my head. And it still is. But, on occasion, you get a game where that is not accurate. The whole novelty ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-08-11By stubbsy70
    5 days ago
  • Never Growing Tired
    Wednesday 9th August 2017 All of a sudden there seems to be a 70s music vibe surrounding sport in this country. Swedish sensations ABBA are now associated with a penalty shoot out and after we successfully negotiated this new format, Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ is now, apparently, a fitting way ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-08-09By stubbsy70
    1 week ago
  • Weekend Winners?
    Thursday 3rd August 2017 Most of pre-season I seriously enjoy and that has been the same for many years now. The chance to attend games with no stress, the chance to travel to some incredible destinations, the whole ‘circus’ that surrounds each tour and meeting up with fellow Gooner friends ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-08-03By stubbsy70
    2 weeks ago
  • The Worst Mojito Ever
    Sunday 23rd July 2017 Firstly, happy birthday mum. Love you x In my experience Beijing and Shanghai do have some similarities. But overall I have found them very very different. That is matched of course by the match results. Admittedly I hate losing but for me any negative result in ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-07-23By stubbsy70
    4 weeks ago
  • Boiled Alive
    Thursday 20th July 2017 Sitting on my very comfortable train currently hammering it somewhere north of Shanghai I have a dilemma. My ticket price includes some food and drink and it has recently arrived. Having consumed the small packet of curry flavoured dried ‘meat’ I don’t know what to enjoy ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-07-20By stubbsy70
    4 weeks ago
  • Australia….it’s been emotional!
    Sunday 16th July 2017 Air China are my latest hosts as the pre-season juggernaut moves on to its next country. And as we say goodbye to that enormous island down under it is safe to say Australia has thrown up emotions from amusing to downright astonishing. 3 weeks of my ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-07-17By stubbsy70
    1 month ago
  • Let the Football Commence
    Friday 14th July 2017 Although it can be dressed up as a holiday, our great football club have been my own personal excuse for the destination for a number of years now. And that has resulted in me being extremely lucky to have visited some incredible locations around the globe. ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-07-14By stubbsy70
    1 month ago
  • Kangaroo Steak or Crocodile Schnitzel Anyone?
    Thursday 6th July 2017 Just like with my last thoughts you join onboard another aspect of travel, this time on the ‘Spirit of Queensland’ train having departed Cairns this morning. I’ll try not to bore you with too many details and I’m certainly not going to reveal photographs of me ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-07-06By stubbsy70
    1 month ago
  • Turning the World Upside Down
    Saturday 24th June 2017 There is nothing even the slightest bit entertaining about flying. So a flight to completely the other side of the globe fills me with dread. I think if I could sleep ok I would be much more positive about a form of transport where the fact ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-06-24By stubbsy70
    2 months ago
  • Never Losing Faith
    Monday 29th May 2017 It feels more than obvious to be saying winning a cup final at Wembley will live long in the memory. But in that incredibly long list that us Gooners are so fortunate to have, Saturday evening has to be right up there with the very best. ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-05-29By stubbsy70
    3 months ago
  • The Pre Match Buzz
    Friday 26th May 2017 There are a number of reasons why it has taken me so long to pen my thoughts since the Everton game last Sunday. The first is boring but genuine nonetheless. I’ve just been very very busy. Work makes up most of that but being secretary of ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-05-26By stubbsy70
    3 months ago
  • Keeping Hopes Alive
    Wednesday 17th May 2017 We didn’t score a hatful on the night. But we could have done. Given just how many chances and attempts we had across the course of the game. Just as the frustration was bordering on excruciating however, our patience paid off and the three points were ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-05-17By stubbsy70
    3 months ago
  • By a Thread
    Monday 15th May 2017 Saturday evening felt like an almost unique experience. I say almost because it wasn’t as if the atmosphere, the tactics or the play of our hosts was any different to previous visits. But on this occasion we not only matched them on that side of the ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-05-15By stubbsy70
    3 months ago
  • Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside…
    Thursday 11th May 2017 We have experienced some of our best away days down at Southampton over the years. Who can forget Rocky and Merse’s 2nd half goals on the title run in of 1989? Wrighty’s hat trick in his league debut in our colours? The sheer magic of Bergkamp ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-05-11By stubbsy70
    3 months ago
  • Always Nice
    There’s a word that is very bland. Unless it is exaggerated for comedy purposes. And even then it is all about the delivery. Bit like our second goal I guess But pundits have used it to describe Sunday afternoon’s match. That is their choice of course but sometimes I ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-05-09By stubbsy70
    3 months ago
  • Rarities
    Monday 1st May 2017 Losing away at Tottenham has happened before of course. And it will happen again in the future. So Sunday wasn’t a unique experience. I hate losing but believe me I felt worse after we got beat at West Brom or Crystal Palace. Simply because Sunday’s hosts ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-05-01By stubbsy70
    4 months ago
  • By Hook or By Crook
    Thursday 27th April 2017 Every season has games like last night. Even the all conquering league winning examples. Sometimes you are on the end of them whilst on other occasions, such as last night, you come out the other end with an important three points. So given that reasoning, I’ll ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-04-27By stubbsy70
    4 months ago
  • Seven
    Tuesday 25th April 2017 Over reactions to both victories and defeats are often talked about and there is a huge amount of truth in the fact we all do it. Consequently I felt writing my blog yesterday when my smile was still from ear to ear, or even worse on ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-04-25By stubbsy70
    4 months ago
  • Best Away Trip Ever
    Tuesday 19th April 2017 Middlesbrough away on a Monday night is about as attractive as eating uncooked chicken. But as I head south this morning I can’t describe events in any other way than it has been thoroughly enjoyable. Unless I wanted to travel through the night and pretty much ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-04-18By stubbsy70
    4 months ago
  • A Million Miles Away
    Monday 10th April 2017 Wednesday gave me a little hope. April is a good time to hit a bit of form I thought. It’s easy to say it ‘was only West Ham’ of course but I felt we turned up against Man City too. But it’s hard to argue that ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-04-10By stubbsy70
    4 months ago
  • Much Better
    Thursday 6th April 2017 Apart from major signal problems somewhere near Putney giving me a decision to make as whether to get home after 4am or part with some cash for a basic hotel room grossly overpriced due to it being school half term week…….I thoroughly enjoyed last night. The ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-04-06By stubbsy70
    4 months ago
  • Liking the Sound of One’s Voice
    Tuesday 4th April 2017 Football can be very frustrating. Now there’s an obvious statement! And with bias towards and support for one team, that emotion can only truly be influenced by all the things that surround them. That can be aspects our team can dictate and those they can’t. On ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-04-04By stubbsy70
    4 months ago
  • Fractious
    Wednesday 23rd March 2017 When it comes to an entertaining away day, all the ingredients are still there as they have always been. Consequently, Saturday was filled with the usual banter and laughter. We got beat and that filled me with levels of disappointment and frustration to match any one ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-03-23By stubbsy70
    5 months ago
  • Into The Last Four
    Tuesday 14th March 2017 Despite the fact we are now only one of four teams that can win the FA Cup this year I have waited until now to pen my thoughts so we know who stands in our way of yet another final. And if I’m honest I would ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-03-14By stubbsy70
    5 months ago
  • Firsts and Rarities
    Tuesday 7th March 2017 Part 2 A couple of things tonight I haven’t done or experienced before. Firstly I don’t remember ever writing two blogs in one day. Secondly and more importantly of course I have never seen us lose a cup tie by 8 goals. But, from the moment ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-03-07By stubbsy70
    5 months ago
  • Defensive Glue
    Tuesday 7th March 2017 Rarely do I pen my thoughts on the day of a match and once again there is no actual reason why it has taken me this long since our disappointing trip to Liverpool. Like everyone else however, I also can’t deny feeling particularly downbeat about our ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-03-07By stubbsy70
    5 months ago
  • With Ribbons Intact
    Tuesday 21st February 2017 What is it with Arsenal bashing? Why us? Always.  We should have won the league last year. Liverpool shouldn’t have. Nor Chelsea. Nor Man Utd. And definitely not Tottenham. Maybe if any of them had put in a performance against the deserved Champions we might have ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-02-21By stubbsy70
    6 months ago
  • A New Emotion
    Thursday 16th February 2017 Wembley 1978 and again in 1980 along with Brussels just a few days later I remember being disappointed. But I was a little too young to feel any other emotion. Losing to Luton in 1988 always springs to mind when trying to remember the first time ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-02-16By stubbsy70
    6 months ago
  • An Essential Victory
    Monday 13th February 2017 We all have differing opinions in life and football is no exception. And that is the way it should be. The ability to accept other people’s, especially when they are different to yours, is almost a skill in itself! I used to believe that comes with ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-02-13By stubbsy70
    6 months ago
  • Forearm Smash
    Monday 6th February 2017 Everyone knows and can see that the first goal we conceded on Saturday was a foul. In fact, if it happened anywhere else on the pitch not only would it have been penalised but there is every chance it would have resulted in a sending off. ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-02-06By stubbsy70
    6 months ago
  • Disaster?
    Tuesday 31st January 2017 I’m at Earls Court. The driver of my District Line train has just announced we need to get off, ‘coz the train is faulty’. Earlier today my 1 hour and 40 minute train journey took nearly 3 and a half hours. So……I should have known. ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-01-31By stubbsy70
    7 months ago
  • Marching In
    Sunday 29th January 2017 There is absolutely nothing mildly interesting, enjoyable or appealing about ‘The One Show’. Yesterday’s fun day out on the south coast however, means Monday night’s will contain something of interest to all us Gooners. Just 16 teams can now win the FA Cup. And we are ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-01-29By stubbsy70
    7 months ago
  • The Waiting Game
    Wednesday 25th January 2017 We seem to be spending an awful lot of time waiting at the moment. Southampton have been involved in a lot of it, their FA Cup replay against Norwich meaning we had to wait 10 days or so after beating Preston to find out our 4th ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-01-25By stubbsy70
    7 months ago
  • Willoughby Court
    Tuesday 17th January 2017 Any 4 nil victory away from home should be memorable. Even though we thoroughly enjoyed our day out in South Wales however, the game almost felt like a little bit of a damp squib. And, despite having a few days to think about it, I’m still ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-01-17By stubbsy70
    7 months ago
  • A Proper Away Day
    Sunday 8th January 2017 The FA Cup will always hold a very special place in the minds of all us Gooners. My late grandfather was at Wembley for our triumphs in the thirties and 1950 and my dad still regularly describes the day Charlie belted in the winner to clinch ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-01-08By stubbsy70
    7 months ago
  • Softened Pain
    Wednesday 4th January 2017 At half time last night I went downstairs in the away end as I needed to use the facilities. I wasn’t particularly angry but I was definitely deflated and disappointed. But, a few of the game in, game out faces were there (more noticeable in a ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-01-04By stubbsy70
    7 months ago
  • New Year Satisfaction
    Sunday 1st January 2017 Happy New Year to all. Happier of course with three points in the bag. Feeling rough on New Years Day is not exactly unusual. So I’m not embarrassed that this morning I wasn’t at my best. I can deal with hangovers, especially if they follow a ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2017-01-01By stubbsy70
    8 months ago
  • You Leave With Nothing
    Thursday 29th December 2016 Chilly weather, an expanded waistline, that festive feel, a defensively strong team in your way, blatant timewasting, the opposition goalkeeper having a blinder, time running out, nerves, frustration………I quite enjoy games like that. But only if you get a late winner of course! Winning one nil ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2016-12-29By stubbsy70
    8 months ago
  • Omnibus Edition
    Sunday 18th December 2016 Tactically it was extremely obvious what we were going to do this afternoon. In fact it always is. That doesn’t mean I necessarily disagree with them either. Let our hosts have most of the ball, keep our defensive shape well and capitalise when we have dangerous ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2016-12-18By stubbsy70
    8 months ago
  • Unmarked
    Thursday 15th December 2016 We’ve got a pretty good record at Goodison Park down the years but you are only as good as your next game. And although I’ve seen us play a lot worse, we certainly didn’t do enough on Tuesday night to deserve any more than a point. ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2016-12-15By stubbsy70
    8 months ago
  • Very Satisfying
    Saturday 10th December 2016 Not many people like Stoke. Not necessarily because they do anything wrong either. Just because they are always very difficult to beat. And especially away from home, they seem to save some of their best performances for us. Not today Potters. You played well. But we ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2016-12-10By stubbsy70
    8 months ago
  • Basel – A Humbling Afterthought
    Thursday 8th December 2016 Sitting in reception of a Basel city centre hotel approximately 12 hours after I was expecting to be home indoors is altogether unexpected. But, whilst trying not to be over dramatic, at least we are safe and well. Many of the media websites detailed extremely speculative ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2016-12-08By stubbsy70
    8 months ago
  • We’re Not Spending Enough!
    Wednesday 7th December 2016 Helsinki was not a cheap weekend when we played Man City pre-season a couple of years back. Nor was Gothenburg or Stavanger. And Trondheim for Rosenborg away a few years ago gave the wallet a right caning too. But I’m not sure they were anywhere near ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2016-12-07By stubbsy70
    8 months ago
  • Olympic Gold
    Sunday 4th December 2016 Having been to the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Munich’s version along with those in Moscow, Beijing and others, I’ve never been a fan of watching football in these kind of stadia. Being a considerable distance from the pitch is just not football. London’s was built for ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2016-12-04By stubbsy70
    9 months ago
  • Out Out
    Wednesday 30th November 2016 Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be November without a defeat. And tonight we were well beaten. No bad luck, no bad decisions, just defeated by the better side on the night. I’m not a believer in omens or atmospheres or the like but it’s amazing how ... read more
    Source: Stubbsy’s ToursPublished on 2016-11-30By stubbsy70
    9 months ago