It gets busy at times, but I do really enjoy my role in Ticketing, helping Aussie Gooners to get tickets to Arsenal games at the Emirates.
Philippe Chapman – WA Branch Rep
I was born in Surrey, south of England to an English Father and French Mother, and emigrated to Perth when I was just two years old. My Father was never into football, so it was when I was 8 years old and playing football with some older boys who were neighbours in my street in Woodvale, where I became a Gooner.
Brothers Ian & Simon Woolley were both older than me and handed me down their old Arsenal shirts which they had outgrown. Although keen on football, it wasn’t until the age of 13 whilst watching the 1998 World Cup in France, that I really fell in love with the beautiful world game.
I joined Arsenal Australia in 2014 & have worked with senior Members in organising events in Perth. In September 2017, I took on a lead role in establishing the Inglewood Hotel in Mt Lawley as the AASC Perth Gooners Supporters venue to watch Arsenal games & created all match-day events. I was honoured when asked by outgoing State Rep, Kevin Sanders, to take over his role. I, known as Phil/Chappas to most Perth Gooners, am looking forward to working with the Arsenal Australia leadership team. COYG!
Rod Jeremiah – Victorian State Rep
I have been a Gooner since the first Arsenal match I watched, the 2002 FA Cup Final. I was hugely impressed with the ‘Its Only Ray Parlour’s goal, but when Freddie Ljungberg’s screamer hit the back of the net I was hooked for life. I’ve since been over to watch many games at Highbury, the Emirates and even had the pleasure of being behind the goals when Aaron Ramsey headed home the winner in the 2017 FA Cup final.
I’ve been an active Member of this fantastic organisation, the Arsenal Australia Supporters Club, since 2008 where I’ve been involved in many annual National Meets as well as regularly attending local get togethers and as a Member have made life-long friends here in Melbourne and around the country. As the Club has grown over the year I have also enjoyed the experience of travelling with Gooners from all over Australia on overseas Tours organised by the Club to London as well as the recent Pre-season Tour in Singapore.
Chris Edmonds fell in love with Arsenal at the tender age of 7, and as a Grandson of a Woolwich Arsenal supporter, has had an affair with our Football Club that has lasted for over 48 years.
Arriving in Australia when he was 42, Chris kept close contact with his Arsenal friends in London but also quickly sought out fellow Gooners close to his new home on the Sunshine Coast. Hearing about the Arsenal Australia Supporters Club Chris joined up and regularly headed down to Brissy whenever he could to catch up with his new found Aussie Gooner mates for Match Meets. As an Ex-pat he feels many have a passion that is just as strong as those attending matches back in the UK.
Chris also became involved with Queensland Football in an official capacity working with a large local Junior Football Club. During the past 15 years he has seen massive growth in the popularity of Football in Queensland as the A-League was introduced which following the success of the Socceroos and increased even further in recent times with the good fortunes of the Matildas. In working with Queensland Football Chris has seen the number of Arsenal fans grow over this time. He believes the 4 FA Cup triumphs and the Arsenal Tour here in 2017 has raised Arsenal’s profile and has created new Gooners that our Club would appeal to.
Now with a young family, who are all avid Gooners of course, Chris is looking forward to the challenge of representing the Queensland group and working with the local team to further grow the group. He will also work all of the State Reps in the official Supporters Club and contribute to our national team.
Chris believes there are huge opportunities to extend the local Membership as the State is a vast one. So a key focus of his early activities will be to explore ways to develop the group beyond the capital city of Brisbane.
He is looking forward to meeting new Gooners at upcoming Matchday Meets and Events during this new season.
Stay tuned Queenslanders! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org