Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

At Highbury and Emirates Stadium

At what is left of Highbury Stadium, the former home field of Arsenal for 93 years before they moved to a site two blocks away at Emirates in 2006. The area behind where I stood was where the goal stood with the buildings behind as the stands for supporters.

The old site has been torn down to make way for housing. But they lovingly retained the facade of the old stadium! Imagine saying, "I live in Highbury!" For sure. And that's cool.

At Highbury House, office to the Arsenal Football Club and one of two merchandise shops in the stadium (the other which is situated in front of the stadium is called, "the Armoury.")

There are four huge "murals' to Arsenal's sainted squads situated around the stadium. This is one of them. Each one depicts a different set of players. Mostly from the first teams under their long-time manager, Arsene Wenger.

There are four statues around Emirates: Ken Friar who started out as a fan before he worked for the team in the front office and his statue is at the foot of Ken Friar Bridge that connects Highbury House to Emirates; Tony Adams, their great defensive back who was a part of Wenger's first teams; Dennis Bergkamp, a force of nature on the pitch for the Gunners; and Thierry Henry. That's the statue of Henry celebrating a goal.

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