Ashburton Grove; A Day at the Arsenal (Part 1 of 3)
The excitement built as we pulled up on the underground to Arsenal station. It was a gloomy day, and the day of an away match, so Highbury was empty and quiet. The town was exactly as I had seen in photos, with tight streets and uniform houses. You could feel how the town would come to life with the streets shut down and the town bustling with football supporters and vendors.
We arrived far too early for the tour so I was able to do a full lap around the incredible ground. The plot of land that the Emirates was built on is perfect for the approach from multiple directions. It is Arsenal island and we truly own the area. I speed-walked across the bridge at almost hit a jog to get in. The first lap around the stadium saw every angle covered with flags, paintings, and statues of legends and glory. I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with pride and excitement.
Still too early for the tour we took a lap down the street toward the Tollington to grab lunch and check that side of town. Always advertised to Arsenal fans, it was cool to stop in. They did not have access to a stream and were not showing the match in Hull that would occur later in the day.
Heading back to the Emirates we were lead straight into the Armoury, which I believe almost turned my wife into a fan. If that didn’t do it, it would be our next encounter.
Through the guided tour doors we were introduced to the legend, the gent, and the life-long club man that is Charlie George. His love and appreciation for the club, tied with his prestige and awesome personality, keep me smiling every time I think about the day!
- Keep an eye out for the parts of the article to follow on the Features & Guests page!
- Listen to the podcast where the boys from Gunners Down Under recommended the tour!