Our next tour stop takes us back to North Carolina and it's largest city. Charlotte may have once been strictly a NASCAR town, but as the city grew, so did its residents' passion for other sports. And Michael Petko knew that was the case for football as well. It was just a matter of rallying the Gunner faithful:
"Tired of scattered Gooners around the area, we are an organization determined to bring them all together!"
Group Name: Queen CIty Gooners
Location: Charlotte, NC
Year established: 2011
Number of active members: "We have been seeing around 10-15 supporters come out for each match."
Normal match start time: "Charlotte is five hours behind London, so anywhere from 7:45 to 11:00am."
Where we watch matches: Big Ben British Pub and Restaurant, 2000 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203 (704) 817-9697
Where our members hail from: "All over!! New York, LA, Kansas CIty, Hackney, UK as well as some local Carolinians, just to name a few."
Group's favorite Arsenal moment: "It has to be the Invincibles' unbeaten season!"
Group's favorite players: "Our Arsenal obsession started pretty much when Thierry Henry joined in 1999."
Why we are Gooners: "We play the beautiful game, the right way. Enough said!"
How big is Arsenal/English football in your area?: "It's fairly big now, but it continues getting bigger.The availability to regularly watch on TV here has helped tremendously!"
Why Americans should be Arsenal fans: "Not only do we play the right way, but the Club is also run the right way! And that's not spending beyond our means just to break the bank for a super-star ego. Everyone should also love our emphasis on youth development!"12 Oct 2011