Teaching Ideas: (Listening) Being a Fan – Arsenal

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In this teaching ideas post we have an interview with Arsenal fan Andy who tells us about some of his memories while supporting the Gunners. Vocabulary in bold is explained at the end of the post

Damian: Right, today we have got an Arsenal season ticket holder giving us his views on all things Gunners. Hello, how are you doing? Could you please introduce yourself.

Andy: Hi yes, my name is Andy Robertson, I have been an Arsenal fan for life and I started supporting Arsenal when I was very young, mainly because my mother came from north London.

Damian: Can you remember your first game?

Andy: I can remember my first couple of games, there were a few at Highbury and some of the Champions League games in the late ’90s when we played at Wembley against clubs like RC Lens. They weren’t great experiences because they were all draws.

Damian: So, when you were younger, who were your heroes at Arsenal?

Andy: The guys who really stick out for me were, particularly, like Ian Wright in the mid-90s and as we went towards the end of the ’90s the sort of ‘golden era’ for me was the amazing back four of Bould, Winterburn, Seaman … Parlour on the wing and when we had players like Bergkamp and Viera … Overmars who came in, it was just an amazing time.

Damian: Now, tell us a little about your best and your worst memory. Let’s start with the worst memory.

Andy: Worst memory was probably Champions League final in Paris, I have to say. (Ed: Lost 1-2 to Barcelona in 2006)

Damian: How about the best memory as an Arsenal fan?

Andy: Er, couple of good memories was winning the double in the ’98 season and probably Robin Van Persie’s goal against Charlton.

Damian: Thank you very much



season ticket holder: a fan that holds a ticket for all the home matches for the season

Gunners: The nickname of Arsenal

north London: Arsenal are from this part of the country (as are rivals Tottenham)

Highbury: The name of the previous Arsenal stadium

Wembley: The national stadium of England

draws: When neither team wins a game, e.g. 1-1; 2-2

stick out: To be easily remembered, to stand out

back four: The collective name for the four defenders in a team

the double: When a team wins both the domestic league and cup

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