We beat Chelsea on Saturday to lift our 14th Emirates FA Cup trophy, breaking our own record in the competition.
Since our first FA Cup final win in 1930, we have shared the special moment with our fans at either Wembley or Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium (in 2002 and 2005).
In the absence of our fans at the game and without a celebratory parade through Islington, we’re finding different ways to celebrate safely with our diverse fanbase this week after another FA Cup win.
The first thing we did was take football’s oldest trophy to Emirates Stadium.
While there, we shared the moment with our security team who have kept our site safe during lockdown and surprised unsuspecting fans who were in the area.
Along with Arsenal legend and 2002 FA Cup icon, Ray Parlour, we also paid a home visit to Arsenal fan Maria Petri, who follows the men’s, women’s and academy team just about everywhere she can. We also joined 14 fans across the globe from Denmark to Pakistan via Zoom.
Or FA Cup icon from the 1971 final, Charlie George, surprised some more Arsenal supporters with the cup. We visited Iris Gosling, a visually-impaired fan who follows Arsenal home and away and has been making soaps and hand sanitiser during lockdown.
This was followed by a trip to see Helder Silva, a representative of Arsenal’s amputee team, who attended HRH The Duke of Cambridge’s private viewing of the final for the Heads Together campaign at Sandringham Estate.
Finally, we went to see Qalid Halane, a Kicks participant who for the last few months has been volunteering at local foodbanks and helped build an outdoor space at Manor Gardens, a local community centre focused on health and mental wellbeing.
While out and about we also visited some famous Arsenal landmarks with the famous trophy including our old home Highbury, the Ken Friar statue and Arsenal tube station.
Accompanied by four-time FA Cup winner Martin Keown, our first stop on Wednesday was the home of Grime Gran, the star of our ‘Gooners React’ series during lockdown alongside her Grandson, Beau. Then, on his 16th birthday, we went to see Sanchez Ramgeet, a Junior Gunner, a member of our ball squad and Arsenal’s Premier League Kicks programme.
This was followed by a trip to see, Chelsea King-Morris. A participant on our community employability programme, Chelsea was named after her dad’s favourite team, but she is a loyal Arsenal fan!
We kicked off Thursday with a surprise visit to Arsenal fan Dave Seager. A writer and podcaster for Gunnerstown, Dave has also written a book on Arsenal legend Geordie Armstrong. This was followed by a trip to see Tim Stillman, a long-time Arsenal fan and writer and podcaster for several outlets.
Three-time FA Cup winner Lee Dixon was on hand to pay a surprise visit to the Arsenal supporting family of Alfa Saadu, a consultant physician who passed away of Covid-19 after 40 years’ service with the NHS. We then visited to the Woolwich Arsenal Armament Factory where the club was formed in 1886. This was followed by a trip to the remains of the Invicta Ground terracing where the club played from 1890-1893.
Our final visit on Thursday was to Islington Food Bank where we surprised volunteers who have been working throughout the pandemic to support people in crisis. We were joined by The Mayor of Islington Cllr Rakhia Ismail.
We have more plans this week so the Arsenal family can share the moment in safe celebrations. Watch out for our round-up on Friday in a special video.
FA Cup display on the Emirates Stadium Tour
As part of these celebrations, the cup will take pride of place on the Emirates Stadium Tour from week commencing August 10, where fans can celebrate No 14 with an official tour photograph. Covid-secure measures will be in place to ensure fans can enjoy the special moment in a safe environment.
You can find out more about the Emirates Stadium Tour and pre-book your place right here
Get your special-edition Always Forward shirt now!
After selling out in rapid time after Saturday’s triumph, you can get your special edition Always Forward Arsenal shirt with the number 14 on the back from our 2020 Emirates FA Cup Winners range. Make sure you get yours while stocks last!
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