The Arsenal Australia Team
You know what they say, many hands make light work. That’s the case here around the country. We have a great team of dedicated Gooners who work incredibly hard behind the scenes, for one reason only……for the Arsenal! Meet the team….
Tony Kendall – Chairman
Tony was born in Hammersmith and has supported Arsenal since 1970 when he heard about the Fairs Cup win on the radio whilst living in Singapore. He arrived in Australia in April ’89 and narrowly missed the famous Title win a few weeks later after waiting so long to see the gunners win it again after ’71! To this day he still enjoys baiting his Father and youngest Brother from afar who are both Spuds!!Tony joined the Supporters Club back in 2007 at its inception and assisted in gaining the numbers of Members required to form the Club. As an original founding Member he was responsible for developing the Victorian group of supporters using Melbourne as a base. Quickly the group became the largest State group as they enjoyed wonderful support of an Irish bar, The Celtic Club, who had an affinity for the famous Irish players who had played for the Arsenal, in particular, Liam Brady. Over the years the bar has dedicated the entire 2 storey venue to Arsenal big matches and events. To date they have hosted 2 Arsenal Australia Supporters Club National Meets. Last season Tony took on the role of Chairman and is proud to lead a passionate and committed Supporters Club who are striving to be the best in the world. He regards the Arsenal FC Tour of Singapore when he travelled with 60 fellow Members of the Supporters Club as a treasured memory and is looking forward to July 2017 when we will have the pleasure of hosting Arsenal here in Australia.
Warren Rice – Secretary
Warren is the Secretary of the “Arsenal Australia Supporters Club” and has been an avid Aussie Gooner since 1971. It started when watching the telecast of the Arsenal v Liverpool FA Cup Final and seeing his namesake “Pat Rice” play Right Back in the 2-1 victory.In April 2008, he visited Arsenal to organise the Club component of the annual AASC Members Tour Package and while there watched Arsenal defeat Everton 1-0 in the last home game of the 2007-2008 Season. Since 2010 he has organised and taken groups of Arsenal Australia Supporters Club members to London to cheer on the Gunners for themselves :-)Warren is also the Armidale, NSW Rep.
Maria Le Poidevin – Membership Secretary
Coming from a non-football family , I didn’t start to take an interest in Arsenal until the early 1990’s when the team was mainly English players. I was never lucky enough to get to a game, and then moved to Australia in 1995. It wasn’t until Dec 2009 that I took my eldest son to the Emirates and watched Arsenal v Hull. Won 3-0, 21 man scuffle started by Samir Nasri, and a penalty saved by Almunia. Everything a young boy needed for his first live match !
After that I joined the Arsenal Australia Supporters club, and have been to a few more games and also was in the 50 strong supporters who went to the Asia Cup in Singapore 2015
Matt Mays – Media Manager & SA/Adelaide Rep
Born and raised in West Sussex, UK, Matt has been a supporting AFC since 1996, where he fell in love with the likes on Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright, but Matt’s relationship with the Gunners went into overdrive in 2001, when he was selected to be a ballboy at Highbury for the double winning 2001/02 season.Matt moved to Adelaide in 2012 and discovered the Arsenal Australia supporters group and took charge of the Adelaide group from Carlin Garrett, who moved to London. Since then, the Adelaide Gooners have experienced 2 unforgettable FA Cup Final nights at the Arkaba Hotel. Matt has a tight group of passionate committee members in Adelaide to help run the group along with a fantastic relationship with a local sports store for membership benefits.
Matt bleeds red and white and loves spending time with other Gooners watching the games at silly o’ clock. Bring on Sydney Tour 2017!
Mick Barlow – Ticketing Manager
Michael has been a member of Arsenal Australia since 2008 and in that time has helped grow the supporters club in Brisbane, Queensland and then moved on to run our ticketing department. All it took for Michael to fall in love with The Arsenal was a 10 minute spell watching the legend himself Dennis Bergkamp through a highlight package on a late night SBS show back in the 90’s and since that time he was hooked on such a great club and year after year that passion for the clubs grows even more. Michael has seen The Arsenal play on numerous occasions on a few different continents and can’t wait to watch his club in his home country next year!
Graham Marshall -Treasurer
Graham has followed the Arsenal since he was a young lad in the late 70s. Most of the family are Gooners too including his wife (whose parents had a pub off Holloway Road), both sons, in-laws, uncles etc. He founded ozarsenal.com, ran the Australian Internet Supporters Group for 10 years and has also organised FA Cup and Champions League nights over the years.
He was one of the Official Supporters Club founders, was Chairman from 2007-2015 and has been Treasurer since then.
He has been on many committees and boards of various community and sporting groups as well as businesses.
David Maksielias – New South Wales Rep
David has been apart of Arsenal Australia for the past 4 years looking after NSW and Sydney he is a very dedicated gooner managing Arsenal Australia in NSW and organizing events in Sydney at there official pub The Croydon Park Hotel.
David has been an Arsenal fan his whole life. Ever since he watched his first match he fell in love with the Gunners and now doesn’t even think twice about getting up at 2am to watch them play.
David is so incredibly proud and excited that his club are coming to his home city of Sydney next year and cannot wait to share the experience with other Australian fans along with those who are coming from overseas.
Kevin Sanders – WA/Perth Rep
Growing up in the western suburbs of London I was lucky to see Arsenal quite a bit home & away. My 1st
memory of Arsenal is watching the 1971 FA Cup final on TV as a 7 year and my 1st visit to Highbury was for the FA Cup 4th round win against Notts County in 1979. I was lucky enough to get to visit Highbury & The Emirates Stadium on many occasion before I moved
to Perth in 2008 and have happy memories from both including “The Invincible’s” season in 2003/04 and the final season at Highbury in 2005/06. I was at The Emirates for Dennis Bergkamp’s testimonial & Arsenal’s 1st
game at The Emirates in July 2006 and managed to get to most home games (and a few away) in the two years before my move to Australia.
Liam Gallagher- Queensland Rep
My name is Liam Gallagher and I am proud to be your local and state representative for the official Arsenal Supporters Club in Australia. My Arsenal journey started when I was 9 years old, and our family went on a holiday to the UK (unfortunately in the off season.) Every day we traveled in to London from where we were staying, I could see HIghbury from the train and fell in love with the club from there. In the 16 years since, I have journeyed back to North London, and was lucky enough (through Arsenal Australia) to get access to tickets to watch the Kings of London play against Southampton and Chelsea. I look forward to meeting you at a game night, either on one of our beautiful coasts, or at The Pig n Whistle Riverside (Brisbane CBD).
Donovan Howard- Melbourne/Victoria Rep
Born and raised in London, I am a life-long arsenal fan through my dad and growing up watching Arsenal throughout the 90’s.
I arrived in Australia in 2014, and joined Arsenal Australia as a way of meeting other gooners while traveling around Australia
After my travels i settled in Melbourne, regularly watching games at the Celtic Club with the Melbourne branch of the Arsenal Australia Supporters club.
Over time i became more involved in Arsenal Australia helping run the 2016 national meeting, and became Victoria rep in 2016.