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Arsenal Game 1 2005

The sun shone and Highbury was full of excited fans of all ages on the 12th of May, the day of the first Arsenal Football Aid game. The excited players were gathered outside the stadium eagerly waiting to enter the dressing rooms and grace the hallowed turf.

After a short warm-up on the pitch, the whistle blew for kick off and the players began the game of their dreams. It was a highly exciting game and all of the players gave their all, with the unusual feat of 2 hat tricks being scored on the day!

The final result ended 7-4 in favour of the Away team.

Scorers Home team –

No 11 Chris Gough who scored a hat trick and the very unlucky Away team’s No 5 Luke Shiach scored an own goal.

Scorers Away team –

No 9 Barry Softley, No 8 Andy Barnes, No 17 John Cooney and No 14 Craig Martin scored a hat trick.

Man of the Match

Secret Spurs fan Chris Gough who scored the hat trick for the Home team received the Man of the Match award.


No 2 Eamonn Keane from the Away team had the Captain’s role for the day.

Quotes from the day:

“I did indeed have a brilliant day playing at Highbury and thank you and your team enormously. The organization was absolutely fantastic – the shirts hung from the pegs was a particularly nice touch. The day was fantastic and I would like to reiterate how friendly, organized and considerate the Football Aid staff all were.”

“Thank you for the opportunity to do this. I have fulfilled a dream, so much so that I didn’t realise that I had lost my wedding ring on the day!”

Event Photography and Filming - Over 300 fantastic action photos and a DVD of all the action from this year’s event are available from Webgraphy Online Photography, please visit their website for full order details –
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