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The crazy year 1978-79 was the next great year for me after the double. There were so many crazy incidents (both good and bad) that it is going to take me at least two columns to get through this year. I mentioned Arteta vs Neill a couple of columns back but Arteta, of course, straightaway notched up 2 trophies, the FA Cup and the Charity Shield. Neill, after 2 seasons had never bothered the trophy cabinet. But last season’s fifth had got us into Europe, the Uefa cup, and I suppose Arsene Wenger might have seen that as a trophy for Neill. The big news was SuperMac was retired throu
Arteta vs Neill You know, the situation with Arteta now is similar to when Terry Neill took over. We were happy when he took over but results didn’t improve as much as we would have liked. Arteta got us two gongs and Neill didn’t do that but he got us up to 8th in 1976-77 from 17th . Neill went on a losing run of 9 defeats from 11 - sound familiar, Gooners? It started in January and finished in March whereas I am hoping December brings us Christmas joy at the moment. Wenger fans will be aware that November was always his bad month and I am hoping Arteta has inherited that from him and we
When everything brightened up You have to understand, it was different to today. We just didn’t have the constant access to everything we have nowadays. We watched highlights on the BBC and ITV on Saturday night and on Sunday afternoon. Probably no more than 15 minutes per match, mostly goals, goal chances and controversies. For a real live match we went to watch our local team playing on a Saturday or Sunday. The pitch was beside my house and Newbrook Celtic were the team. They played in Celtic colours and were indicative of the support Celtic had throughout Ireland at the time, and inde