Why Arsenal? I asked.
“My father is a big Arsenal fan and that’s how it started.”
It was about time to meet my first Arsenal shirt. James was born in the New York City where his father, who is obviously responsible for his support to Arsenal, still lives. James visits NYC often where he hangs out in pubs that have a big Arsenal fan base, to watch games. We met at the lobby at Concordia university where he studies English literature and Film. Our short conversation reveals James as a through, knowledgeable fan. I sensed the respect for Arsène Wenger and his managing philosophy, the respect I share. Being a young man, I thought after, James has been supporting Wenger’s Arsenal whole of his teenage and adult life. How will it feel, for James and his generation of Arsenal fans, when the time comes for The Gunners to change the manager?
The Footballists blog has been online for 6 months and I would love to thank all who visited, embraced it, commented, subscribed to it and promoted it elsewhere. In it’s first six months of existence there were more than 36 000 visits, a few more than 300 subscribers, numerous comments and emails of support. At one point we held the first place for a full week on Guardian‘s ‘our favourite things this week’ list, we’ve been featured on In Bed With Maradona, made the list on BCN Media Lab‘s post about best football blogs, featured on WordPress home page and mentioned on many other sites. The Footballists took the 2nd place on the 2011 Transatlantic Diablog Award, and Liverpool-based Spiel magazine (in print only) will feature an interview with me and some photographs from this blog in the coming issue.
All this response happened despite the slow activity on the blog in the last two months. The winter conditions do not make it easy to spot people wearing a soccer shirt on Montreal streets. But, soon they’ll reveal their colours and I’ll be there to meet them and present them to the viewers here.
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