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….
Kevin Sanders – Vice Chairman
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.
Paul Lowry – AASC Ticketing ManagerOriginally from Stevenage in England, I came over to Australia in 2008 for a year out. Turned up at Arsenal Australia AGM in Adelaide with backpack and suitcase, but decided to make Brisbane home after I met my 2nd love (after Arsenal). I come from a family of Gooners, so luckily had no choice in being a Gooner! Dad took me to my home debut at Highbury in 1984 vs Coventry as a 7 year old. It was a boring draw, but I was in awe of the stadium and atmosphere, and although I was scared being so high up back of Highbury’s East Stand, I was hooked.
I’ve been season ticket holder from age 13 in West Stand where I sat for 10 years, but definitely consider myself a Clock Ender where I stayed, until I had 1 season at The Emirates. I still hold a season ticket, in hope that I will take it back over one day.
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 RepI 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.
Fabio Lee Serra –Darwin & NT Branch
My name is Fabio and I am a passionate Arsenal fan since the early 2000’s after watching Dennis Bergkamp’s wonder goal against Newcastle. After that I was hooked and could not get enough of the Arsenal and been following ever since. Finally after hundreds of late nights/early morning matches on the TV. In 2016, I fulfilled my lifelong dream of going to the Emirates to see my Arsenal North Bank Terrace stone and watch my first ever Arsenal game! It was against Chelsea and we took it to the blues and won 3 nil! In 2017, got to see the Arsenal on our home soil where Arsenal Australia Supporters Club held some amazing events. It was then being a long time member I decided with fellow Gooner Sean to spearhead the Darwin and Northern Territory branch. Now part of the Arsenal Australia team, I’m looking forward to growing the Darwin and NT branch and making more memories with the Arsenal family… COYG!