Anyone who attend one of the regular Arsenal match-viewings I organize at Maggie McGarry’s Irish Pub in North Beach, knows that it is a labour of love. For those of us who can’t attend the matches regularly at the Emirates, it’s the next best thing.
Yesterday, we had an excellent turnout as the Gunners took their revenge on Manchester City, beating them 2-0, on the strength of an Adebayor brace of goals. Citeh were the last team in the league to beat Arsenal, 3-0, back in November before Wenger’s Red and White Army began their 17-match unbeaten run.
Ironically, the pub’s owner, Mick, while a very hospitable fellow, is a true-blue Manchester City fan and possibly the only one in attendance yesterday, so the result was a bit tough on him. While the pub is gaining a reputation as a “Gooner” pub, it gets its fair share of Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, and other footie supporters.
So imagine my delight, when I discovered that a profile I wrote about the Bay Area Gooners, AKA the San Francisco Branch of Arsenal America, appeared in the Official Matchday Programme sold around the stadium at yesterday’s match. I was, as they say, “well chuffed”.