I don’t know it if you realise it but this article is the 2.500th article that appears on Untold Arsenal. So I think this is the appropriate time to express my and may I say our gratitude for all that you have done in the last years for us here at Untold.
I still remember that when I first discovered Untold Arsenal I found it a breath of fresh air between other places in the Arsenal blog world. I remember reading an article that was written in a funny way that made me laugh. I then started reading other articles and I just liked them all.
Like you have said you wanted to counter balance the stream of negativity that surrounded a big part of the Arsenal internet world. The negativity about the manager in the first place. And all this with a touch of humour and at times really hilarious articles.
I became part of this Untold world on a special day for me. When Tony asked to send in articles about your worst Arsenal game. I did just that and from then on I became a real part of this blog. I was already commenting on a lot of articles. Something that I didn’t dare at first thinking that my English was not good enough. (In fact when I look back at it now: it was terrible and Tony saved me some blushing at first by correcting my mistakes – he stopped doing this after a while so I am grateful for Tony for having helped me back to knowing the English language a bit better).
So Tony helped me and asked me in a friendly but persuasive way to write some more. He can be persuasive I have been told. And from one article came two, and another one and another one. Did I ever told you not all my articles I send to him were published. Some must have been really bad I think.
Then came the ref articles. Then came the ref reviews. And then came the amazing Refwatch articles from Dogface. The game previews from Phil. Then came other people who wrote the Untold Media articles, the injury index, oh I think I will have missed a few persons and series by now. (Sorry for that but I had to make sure this was nr. 2500 and the articles are published at a high rate for the moment)
And all this appeared on this Untold Arsenal blog that Tony started. The magic word (apart from Arsenal) was Untold. It had to be something completely different from other blogs. I like being different a bit so maybe this way of thinking attracted me in the first place. And I think that after all those years since January 2008 we still manage to be Untold. We still manage to be different from other blogs.
All who have written in the past and present have helped to develop Untold in what it has become. A beacon of hope even in the darkest hours or Arsenal FC. We will always try to find the silver lining behind the clouds and I hope we succeed in this. And when things are going great with Arsenal we will go overboard. Because that is just part of the fun of being a real supporter. We have known both sides of the medal in the past years.
And all our regular readers who have found the way back to us over and over again. And I would like to take the opportunity to also say a big thank you to all our past, present and future readers. It is after all for you that we keep on doing this. If you wouldn’t be there, we wouldn’t carry on I think. (would we Tony? ) We can write what we want, if you wouldn’t come over to read it and approve it or discuss it (in a sensible way with arguments as we like to keep it away from abuse) or disagree (again the same remark) with us. So once again I thank you all and this thank you goes to almost half a million monthly readers I have been told.
Untold Arsenal is a place where we can share our passion and love for Arsenal. It doesn’t matter from where you come, where you live, how good or how bad your English is. If you love Arsenal and have love for the players and the managers and are happy that our club is being run not just for the now but for the future and for the future generations, then Untold is a good place for you.
Now let us move back to the man who has made it possible: Tony Attwood. The man who wrote the book Making the Arsenal. The man who has other websites and the Arsenal history website where he looks back on our history. The man who since this season writes in the official Arsenal program.
They call that other Tony (Adams) sometimes Mr. Arsenal. And he deserves that title. But for me another Mr. Arsenal is you Tony. (It must be the name I guess). I think we should call you Mr. Untold Arsenal. Or why not Sir Untold Arsenal?
My wife has told me a thousand times that saying thank you to someone who has done a good thing cost nothing and always feels nice for that person. And as I listen to my wife (sometimes) and as she is wise (sometimes) I just wanted to make sure that this article 2.500 would not just be another ref review or another refwatch or another game preview. No it had to be an article saying : THANK YOU TONY!
Thank you for starting this wonderful place in the Arsenal internet world. Thank you for your articles. Thank you for those great characters you made. Thank you for bringing all the people of the world together at your virtual home: Untold Arsenal. Untold is and will always be your “child’. I felt deeply honoured and touched that one day you decided to put my (ugly) head next to yours on this website. Untold is your child but I love it just the same I think.
FORWARD ARSENAL, FORWARD UNTOLD, up to the 5.000 articles!!!
THANKS TONY AND CHEERS!
By Walter Broeckx,
A proud Untolder
PS: If you want to join in celebrating this landmark in the Untold history just let it know in the comment section.