I’ve got some more free stuff to give away today (following the signed Cesc picture, the signed 2006 shirt and the signed Ian Wright poster and football), stuff that money almost literally cannot buy. You might think you can buy anything if you have enough money, but Alisher Usmanov hasn’t managed to buy Arsenal yet, has he? On the other hand, if he offered Stan £5 billion, then the Kronkster might break his semi-legendary silence with a quick “Yee-haw!” or whatever they say in his part of the good ol’ US of A.
But I digress. Free stuff. To wit:
1 Arsenal v Sunderland programme from the first game of this season (note: You can actually buy these), with 1 teamsheet from Arsenal v Sunderland, as issued to the press and rich people in boxes, and as used to see what the teams were. (Possible to buy if you know someone who has one.)1 Arsenal / Save The Children ‘sports band’. You can definitely buy these; that is in fact their sole purpose, to get money for the charity. I’m a maverick, so I’m giving it away anyway, but don’t let that stop you from donating to Save The Children.1 Arsenal drawstring bag, invaluable for keeping ‘stuff’ in. Not particularly big or heavy stuff, as it is only about 42 cm by 33 and made of nylon. However, this you CAN’T buy. You can’t buy it because it’s a sample piece of merchandise that the powers that be have decided won’t go into production. So you – yes, you – could be pretty much the only person in the world – that’s THE WORLD – with one of these to keep your small relatively light stuff in. It features, as you can see, the word Arsenal in big letters and the club crest.The pièce de resistance, as Arsène would say:
1 black vinyl leather-effect Arsenal man-bag. This is about 15cm x 20cm x 8cm, with the club crest in red and a small cannon on either side. It features no fewer than TWO zips, both of which have an ‘open/close’ function; an outside pocket on the back for important paperwork; and a small inside pocket for putting very important small man stuff into. And by ‘man stuff’, I mean your matching black Amex card, not your – well I’m not even going there. You will be the envy of – well, I’ll tell you who you’ll be the envy of: Pedro out of @LeGrove. He loves a man bag, and if you had this he’d love you. But don’t let that put you off. This is also not available to purchase ANYWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE!How do you get this free stuff, you ask? And why am I giving it away? And where did it come from in the first place?
I’ll answer those in reverse order.
Some of it came from Arsenal, who gave it to me at the Sunderland match to publicise the Arsenal Foundation, the club’s charity initiative. The bags came from @SJC1951, who knows people who produce stuff. Say no more. It’s all legit. The bags are permitted to have the official Arsenal crest on them, unlike the cheap knock-offs you get down the market. Cushty.
Why am I giving it away? Simply because I got it for nothing and there are a lot of Gooners around the world who don’t even get the chance to go to the stadium, never mind feast on free sandwiches in the club’s superbox while watching Arsenal thrash Sunderland 0-0, so I thought I’d share the love by dishing it out, preferably to someone far away.
How do you get it? First let me just tell you about the Arsenal Foundation, a sterling idea to fund charity and community projects. The foundation replaces the ‘Charity of the Season’ idea, to allow Arsenal to get involved in longer-term projects. I may spend a lot of time being sarcastic, but believe me I am genuinely pleased that Arsenal make an effort to support charities and their local community in the way they do. Arsenal’s first match programmes were sold for a penny to raise money for Homes for Working Boys in Woolwich, so this is a long tradition. In the 1950s there was a regular Boxers v Jockeys charity football match played at Highbury. There have been many more projects since. I won’t bore you with the whole list, but there are now projects in several different countries around the world as well as in the UK. Take a look at the Foundation pages on the Arsenal website for more information.
I’m going to split the goods into two lots: the man bag to one person, and the rest to someone outside the UK (purely because it’s much easier to get things like match programmes if you’re in the UK – though it will probably cost me a fortune to send it somewhere, as they weigh a ton these days, so go and do something good for the Arsenal Foundation to compensate for it!).
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is leave a comment on this post telling me one fact about the Arsenal Foundation. That’s it! Winners chosen at random.
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More freebies in the future, so make sure you follow me on twitter: @AngryOfN5