It's Supporters Club Week on Arsenal.com as we pay tribute to the devoted fans who follow Arsenal from all over the United Kingdom and from all corners of the globe.

Over the past few weeks, Arsenal Supporters Clubs from around the world have filled in our questionnaire with details of their background, their activities and their fondest trips to Arsenal matches. We'll be publishing two per day, every day this week.

Today you can get the lowdown on the devoted Arsenal fans in Norfolk and Coleraine.

Norfolk Arsenal Supporters Club

When and how was your Supporters Club formed?

We were formed in October 1991. Two local Arsenal supporters (Mark Scarfe and John Browne) placed an advert in the local Norwich newspaper for any Gunners fans interested in forming a club to meet us. We expected a dozen or so people to respond, but in fact 73 people squeezed into a tiny pub room for our first meeting. A couple of hours later we had a committee, rules, membership money and our club was formed. We were extremely honoured to have had Mr Alf Kirchen as our first Honorary President. A true gentleman, Alf was one of the Arsenal greats from the 1930s (he scored twice against Spurs on his debut); he had strong Norfolk connections and lived just outside Norwich until his death in 1999 aged 85.

How many members do you have?

We now have approximately 650 members.

How regularly do you meet?

We have a members meeting every month, and an AGM in July each year.

What functions/events do you organise?

We hold regular social events. Christmas meals, end-of-season socials, stadium tours and the like, as well as five-a-side football, golf days, cricket matches etc. on the sporting front, we compete (I use the word loosely) in the Supporters Club end-of-season five-a-side tournament every season. Next year we might follow Arsène's example and put some youngsters in our team in an attempt to win it. Over the years we have had many memorable events, so I'll mention just a few of them:

We had the Premier League trophy, FA Cup and European Cup Winners Cup brought to Norwich for members to have their picture taken with.
We organised women's football tournaments in Norfolk, with up to 24 teams competing, including the Arsenal Ladies team (who won it every year!).
We arranged for the Arsenal Ex-Pro and Celebrity XI to take on a NASC/Radio Broadland Team (Arsenal won - they can still kick it).
We were featured on local TV, radio and press in 1993 when an Arsenal FA Cup Final win meant Norwich would qualify for Europe.
In October 2006 we celebrated our club's 15th anniversary.
Our club has been the catalyst for many very close friendships, the occasional argument, a couple of marriages and more than one baby!
We've raised well over £10,000 for various Arsenal and local charities, and in 1995 the entire NASC committee had their heads shaved for the cause!

Do you meet up with other Supporters Clubs?

We stay in touch with other supporters clubs through Arsenal events, web links and on match days.

How often do you travel to Emirates Stadium?

We have a coach from Norwich to Arsenal for every first-team home match, all the key friendlies and testimonials, and we have either a minibus or car share for away games.

Do you attend Arsenal away matches in the Champions League?

We have members present at pretty much every away match in the Champions League - even the cold ones!

Tell us about your first trip as a Supporters Club.

Our first trip as a supporters club was back in October 1991 just a few days after our formation. Twelve of us in a minibus for the First Division (as it was then) fixture against Notts County at Highbury on October 26, 1991. Arsenal won 2-0, and we've never looked back.

Tell us about your favourite Arsenal 'road trip' so far.

Well, with 650 members and plenty of them who have more miles under their belt than me I'm not sure I'm qualified for this one. So many to chose from, everything from Paris in spring time to Scarborough away midweek in the fog. For me personally it is probably the 1993 FA Cup Final against Sheffield Wednesday. I've followed Arsenal since '71 (aged seven), and as a kid growing up in Norwich supporting Arsenal the thought of seeing them in an FA Cup Final was a distant dream. In 1993 I was among two coach loads of NASC members who went to the final. That was special, genuinely a dream come true. Tears during 'Abide With Me', the works...! Even then I had to wait a few more days to see them win the cup, in the replay when ironically it was an ex-Norwich player (Andy Linighan) who got the last-minute winner. Truth is though every member would have their own favoured trip and it is not always the glamour fixtures that makes the trip memorable, it's the company and spirit of those you travel with.


Coleraine Arsenal Supporters Club (Northern Ireland)

When and how was your Supporters Club formed?

Our Club was formed in 1990 when four people decided to buy four season tickets and ever since then it has just increased in numbers.

How many members do you have?

We currently have 57 adult members and three junior members.

How regularly do you meet?

We meet on a fortnightly basis in Bertha's Bar, Castlerock.

What functions/events do you organise?

We have three functions during the year; Annual Quiz for Arsenal's chosen charity, a night at the races to help fund our eight season tickets and a Christmas Dinner knees-up.

Do you meet up with other Supporters Clubs?

We keep in touch with other clubs and have helped Foyle Club get affiliated to Arsenal this incoming season.

How often do you travel to Emirates Stadium?

There are always some of our members at Emirates Stadium for every home game. We also have members who attend away fixtures in the Premiership and the Champions League.

Tell us about your first trip as a Supporters Club.

As we are based in Northern Ireland we don't organise 'trips' as such but just let each member book their own travel arrangements as fixtures can change and some people like a day trip whereas others like to stay over.

Tell us about your favourite Arsenal 'road trip' so far.

Personally my favourite trip to date has to be Madrid - great football, great atmosphere from our supporters and no trouble from the Real Madrid supporters (and the beer was quite nice too).



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