The return of Geoff (for the old school Grovers)
I still own a little bit of Arsenal!
Sometime in the 90’s I bought my Arsenal share, I didn’t buy it to make money, I bought it because I wanted to own a little piece of the club I loved and supported since I was 6 years old. And long before replica kits. It cost me £900.
At the time I had a box in the South bank and took my sons with me to most of the home games, we were an Arsenal family. And still are.
I bought the share when George Graham was our manager and long before Wenger arrived.
Most people are blaming Kroenke, but please think about blaming a few other people as well, they were all culpable for what happened next.
At the time Danny Fizman was Arsenal’s biggest shareholder, a nice bloke I might add. David Dein and Nina also owned a chunk. David suggested we brought in Stan Kroenke, and was told ‘we don’t need his kind’ by Peter Hill-Wood, and was promptly sacked.
Shortly after that Kroenke got his grubby little feet wedged in the door. David Dein then sulking with Kroenke, sold his shares to Red and White holdings, enter a greedy Usbek. Danny Fizman then died and Kroenke bought his shares.
I have a friend in Diamond Club who has urged me not to let Kroenke compulsory purchase my share. He thinks Fizman had inserted into the articles, that no one person could ever own Arsenal outright, so let’s all watch this space.
Sometime ago I was considering selling my share, as I was getting really peed off with the way Arsenal were being run. Then we sacked Wenger and the club started to change for the better, gone was the dictator. My cousin (5 season tickets) said ‘You can’t sell that, that will be willed to your family when you die’ I made him right.
I never once attended an AGM but Pedro did, many a time. The worst thing was, 2 hours before it was announced that Usmanov was selling out, I was offered £34.5k for my share, guess what? I said no. I was playing golf at Los Colinas in Spain at the time, 16th tee.
That could be £5k I lost in 2 hours, do feel sick or what?
Now for Usmanov to sell to Kroenke, he has done so way below market value. Yes he has made a massive profit on what he paid. However, by doing what he has done, he has cost a lot of shareholders a great deal of money. So he in my books is a dirtbag that has sold out the fans. Kroenke is a bigger one as he is now bullying remaining shareholders to sell or else.
Yes I have made a bunch of cash on that share but I never bought it to make money, I did it to belong. I was having dinner with Jack Walker of Blackburn once, when he was told I was an Arsenal fan he accused me of being a glory hunter. I promptly told he ‘actually I’m a shareholder’ shut him the fuck up, I love being a shareholder, only if it’s only the one!
Now two imposters have ruined my Arsenal experience, have destroyed a part of my life, and neither ever gave a rats arse for my beloved Arsenal.
Appalling from both of them. Oh and add Dein to that list as he sold out in the first place, it was he that let the Genie out of the bottle.
Finally the attached letter shows if I don’t agree to sell, I go on the dissenting register. Isn’t that the equivalent of the naughty boy list from Santa? Bullies.
Let them read this and feel ashamed of themselves.