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Issue 256 of Arsenal’s best-selling fanzine, The Gooner, includes features on Arsenal Penalties down the years – for and against, missed and converted. There is also a feature speculating on the possibility of Pep Guardiola coming to the club. 1972 signing Alan Ball’s time at Highbury is assessed, and the 1958-59 season, when the Gunners were in with a decent shout of winning the title, is recalled. The popular In The Away End feature looks at the opinions of Newcastle fans around the time of their game against Arsenal, and there is a request for the club’s support to make more noise at home matches. The George Graham Years has reached 1987-88, whilst The Arsenal Programme Through The Years hits Don Howe’s final season, 1985-86. The significance of the 25 game mark in the Premier League campaign is discussed, there is a trip report from Olympiacos, and cartoon humour in the form of Rixy’s Believe It Or Not. Part 2 of a guide to the pubs in the stadium area concludes an extended pub crawl, and the usual popular regulars are all there too – such as Talking Reds, the Spy, Mickey Cannon, Inbox and the 91st Minute.
The Gooner is the best selling independent Arsenal fanzine which, since its launch in 1987, has aimed to provide a platform where the complete spectrum of Gunners supporters’ views can be expressed. There is no editorial line in terms of what we will publish, running very much an open house policy. For this reason, it is the natural home for many of the debates and counter views that go hand in hand with being a Gooner in modern times.
The Gooner publishes regularly throughout the football season, so a 12 month subscription will typically deliver 8 issues, each of which is packed with at least 48 full colour pages of contributions from a wide cross section of the Arsenal fan base providing intelligent, passionate and often humorous analysis of the goings-on at Arsenal FC, both on and off the pitch, as well as plenty of reflective articles which provide many memories from our clubs illustrious history.
In addition, all subscribers have access to our full catalogue of digital back issues which dates back to the start of the 2010/11 season.
The FREE trial issue from March 2013 features Carl “Corporal” Jenkinson on the front cover and the Talking Reds editorial puts forward the view that we need more players like him who have a deep-rooted bond with the club and who play with the pride and passion we as fans want to see.
On a similar theme, there’s an interview with Chris “Chalky” Whyte, Arsenal centre-back (and very occasional striker) from the early 80s, who grew up just down the road from Highbury and used to stand on the North Bank as a boy. He talks about his slightly unusual career path, who was responsible for his positional switch and why he had his toes broken deliberately one summer!
Elsewhere, there’s an article by Bernard Dowling questioning whether Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis has delivered on the promises he has made during his four year tenure whilst earning in excess of £8m and there’s also a piece which highlights some of the unsung Arsenal heroes from the last 40 years including Eddie Kelly, David Price and Sylvain Wiltord.
All this plus much more including all the usual features and columnists – Highbury Spy, Mickey Cannon, Anger Management, Inbox, match reports, In the Away End and another episode with Dwight Hart-Lane who this time struggles to get to grips with social media.
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