Arsenal Football Club celebrates its 125th anniversary at Saturday’s match against Everton. Supporters coming to the match are encouraged to arrive early to experience a number of special moments to mark the celebration.
Among the special guests on the day are a selection of legends, who will join a number of supporters whose devotion and support of the Club runs deep. Many of their stories feature around Emirates Stadium on flags, stadium walls, plaques and benches.
Descendants of Arsenal’s original team of the Dial Square armaments factory are also guests of honour on Saturday, with important roles to play to honour the Club’s founding fathers. The great, great-grandson of Fred Beardsley, who sourced kit from his former team, Nottingham Forest will join Arsenal kit manager, Vic Akers in setting up the dressing room pre-match.
The two great-grandchildren of David Danskin, Arsenal’s founding father, will carry out the duty of handing over the match ball to referee Howard Webb, who will decide kick-off with a sixpence to commemorate the founding team members who each gave a sixpence to buy a football.
Supporters are reminded to pick up a souvenir edition of the matchday programme to be in with a chance of finding one of 125 golden tickets to win one of the 18 commemorative shirts worn by the squad on the day, or a souvenir leather football.
To make sure you don’t miss out on any of Saturday’s action, take a look here to find out what is happening:
- 1.30pm - The Royal Artillery and Orchestra, founded in 1762, will play outside Emirates Stadium above The Armoury store.
- 1.45pm - Unveiling of the Nike '125 Project', which gave Arsenal’s most passionate fans the chance to tell their story and see themselves immortalised around Emirates Stadium.
- 2.15pm - The Royal Artillery Band and Orchestra will play inside the Emirates Stadium bowl.
- 2.40pm - Legends will be presented to the crowd alongside supporters.
- 2.50pm - A guard of honour of fans and legends, together with 20 Junior Gunners.
- 2.59pm - Referee, Howard Webb, to toss a sixpence to decide kick-off.
- 3.00pm - David Danskin’s great-grandchildren bring out the match ball for the game.
- Half-time - Presentation to Nottingham Forest.
Fans will also feature in a state of the art gigapixel picture. Supporters inside Emirates Stadium will be captured in a moment in time with a 360° hi-res picture, available 48 hours after the match on Arsenal.com and facebook.com/arsenal.
The picture will allow supporters to zoom in close and see most individuals in the crowd in the North Bank, Clock End, West Stand, the East Stand Lower and the front rows of the East Upper.
Eleven benches and plaques containing fans’ stories from around the UK and across the globe, which have been collected as part of the Nike '125 Project', will be revealed near the Spirit of Highbury in the south-east corner of Emirates Stadium. Stories from Arsène Wenger and Jack Wilshere feature among these special accounts.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 8 Dec 2011