Date: 19th November 2006 at 12:35am
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Heading towards Ashburton Grove from the Highbury Quadrant area for today’s Premiership clash with Newcastle, I came across a sight that was as upsetting as it was bewitching.

The Home of Football would now, not look out of place in central baghdad.

Today was my first venture south since the Middlesbrough game (which also finished 1-1, I think I’m jinxed)and even then, views through the padlocked Northbank gates were pretty grim, but nothing had prepared me for the sight that greeted me as I turned down Conewood Street on Saturday 18th November.

At first I couldn’t make out what was infront of the old girl, but as I neared, I saw huge iron girders fixed to the once beautiful East Stand Facade, and worse was to follow as I slowly wondered down Avenell Road in disbelief of what had happened to my Highbury.

I didn’t get to nearly as many games as I wanted to over the years, with ticket demands sky rocketing it made it nigh on impossible to secure yourself a seat for the hottest show in town, but for all but one of my visits to Highbury, I sat in the Northbank. I loved it, and it loved me back in return.

So imagine the heartbreak I felt as the once magnificent Northbank came into view, or should I say didn’t. It’s horrific.

Hesitantly, I snapped a couple of pictures using the old mobile phone and then proceeded to try and con myself into thinking that I would publish pictures of this disaster area due to the fact that many Vital Arsenal readers are not lucky enough to get to the N5 area and won’t have seen history being torn apart.

But if I’m being honest with myself, it’s just because I don’t like feeling like this by myself.

So ease my pain, and look at these horrendus pictures.




 

15 Replies to “Northbank No More”

  • What did you expect exactly? I suppose it’s sad in a way, but Highbury was too small and the future is more important than the past. One day the sun will be a white dwarf and this planet won’t exist let alone Highbury or Ashburton Grove! So get a grip, it’s not like we’ve moved into some shabby old stadium. Personally, I attended well over 100 matches at Highbury, and had great memories. But the memories were more of the football and the crowd, not the bricks I was standing on. In fact, let’s face it, Highbury was a ******* dump at the best of times. *****ty little seats, *****ty little executive boxes, *****ty toilets, *****ty amenities and a *****ty view if you happened to be stuck behind a post in the stands or sitting at the back.

  • And if you were bright enough to be stuck behind the same post over a hundred times you got what you deserved.

  • So James – You have an eldery relative, you who know is very poorly and doesn’t have very long left, are you telling me, even though you know that she won’t be there much longer that you still aren’t shocked when the day comes that she’s not there any longer? You ound like a really nice person, but if it’s ok with you, we won’t be speaking much.

  • Funny as it may seem, I care a lot more about my relatives than a pile of bricks. And Arsenal is about the players, managers, chairman, fans, the venue is just the shell, and now we have a far superior one.

  • Can you even read HTG? I’ve already stated that it broke my heart. God you are thick. You continually to come here and make a fool of yourself. When will you ever learn?!?

  • I will enjoy the memories of many many many trophies won at that ground, I will enjoy the immaculate new stadium we have and I will also enjoy the trophies we win there. Tell me, what have you got to look forward to?

  • Hate the Goons, how did you establish that Rocky’s posts are boring if you don’t read them? I want to learn the tactics, coz that way there’s plenty of crap I’d avoid. Like your own comments, for starters.

  • That’s because hate the goons can’t read. He finds the concept of reading boring… and he’s on this site an awful lot, maybe he has a bad case of ‘gooner envy’

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