I’ve been lucky enough to follow Arsenal both Home and Away and across Europe for many years, mostly during George Graham’s and Arsene Wenger’s successful days. Particularly memorable overseas trips include Parma, Copenhagen, Paris and Madrid. I only missed a couple of games home and away during Invincible’s season, but stupidly one of them was the Spuds game, as I was in Egypt for my parents’ Anniversary.
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.