I can't think of Arsenal without remembering Eric Morecambe and his famous catchphrase (Arsenal) so I must try hard not to copy it when I attend my very first professional football match on Sunday. Swansea play Arsenal in Liberty Stadium in the FA cup and, on the spur of the moment, I thought I'd like to go and watch the game.
I imagined it would be impossible to get tickets but I visited the website today and bought them without any hassle at all. I keep checking the email to make sure I have actually bought the right tickets for the right game as it seemed far too easy.
So I'm off to my first footie game and I am a trifle anxious as football fans aren't the same as rugby fans. For a start no alcohol is allowed to be sold in the stadium during football games - because some football fans are notoriously prone to violence - whereas it's an essential part of a rugby fixture. In a rugby match you're quite likely to find yourself sitting next to a supporter of the opposing team with whom there will be general good-humoured banter; in football I believe opposition fans are herded into separate sections of the ground. So this will be a new experience for me, my first of 2013.
I'll get to see the famous Michu - note: must find out how to pronounce his name so as not to appear complete novice. Ooh, just googled his name. He's rather nice, isn't he?
And, as Husband as pointed out, Arsenal fans can't possibly be as threatening as team parents when we used to watch our boys play.