Amanda is one of the original podcast crew. She was asked to appear on the Gooner Girls Podcast and thought long and hard about it. She used to think ‘Who would want to listen to a bunch of girls talking about football?’ How wrong could she be? Since its birth at the end of December, She has appeared in all episodes bar one and this was only due to a family bereavement.
Amanda is, and always will be, a top Gooner Girl. She has followed them since the mid 70’s due to her Father’s obsession with the team. At four years old she used to be lifted over the turnstiles and sit on her Dad’s lap, at Highbury, to watch the game.
She can’t remember her first game, but remembers the three cup finals in 1978, 1979 and 1980, and then, during her school years, when the team wasn’t doing great, she still went home games and to some away fixtures, and never lost the faith.
Her most memorable match (and anyone who listens to the podcast regularly will not be surprised by this) was on the 26th May 1989 at Anfield. She often talks about the whole day and night as being one special event. Any self respecting Gooner will know exactly what that match meant to the club and its fans.
She turns 44 in July 2013 and her hopes for the future of this club is that we don’t class getting in to the Champions League as a trophy, but understands what the club are doing, well sort of 😉
Amanda doesn’t have a favourite player but admires Jenkinson for his crossing and passion for the team, and Santi Cazorla for his trickery and his ability to change a match.
She bleeds Arsenal and always will.
Hailing from the South East of London, Arsenal chose Kay Bee as much as Kay Bee chose Arsenal.
Not only did she love playing the game, she loved and still loves ‘The Arsenal Way’. Kay Bee joined the Gooner Girls Collective in February 2013 and hasn’t looked back.
Kay Bee’s first game was a Champions League tie vs Juventus at Highbury. Unfortunately, due to work and family commitments – she hasn’t visited The Emirates nearly as much as she would like.
Now, it was never going to be easy being a Gooner, with two members of her family being Tottenham and another member of her family being Chelsea. But she stuck to her guns (forgive the pun). Her claim to Arsenal fame is playing on Woolwich Arsenal’s old ‘ground’. Not only that, but Kay is also a gold medallist in hockey by representing Greenwich in the Heathrow Youth Games in 1999.
Kay names Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Ian Wright, Tony Adams and Martin Keown amongst her all time favourite players. Her current favourites are Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Lukas Podolski.
Kay works as an administrator by day.
Gareth has been fondly nicknamed GBos (as in Bosley from Charlie’s Angels) ever since appearing with the Gooner Girls in March 2013 and well, never leaving!
He went to first Arsenal game in 1980 and was a regular visitor to Highbury although work, despite much of it being in the football industry (he was Wayne Rooney’s PR when he broke through at Everton), has stopped him visiting The Emirates anywhere near as often.
He’s now exiled in Birmingham, although watches all the Gunners’ games, one way or another, and names Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere as his current favourites – not Gervinho, as many seem to think!
His all-time favourite players are Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Tony Adams and his childhood Arsenal claim is that he went to school with Brian Talbot’s kids and once had a kick-around with Tony Woodcock and Chris Whyte!
Gareth’s day job is as an aviation-journalist.