The Gooner

Archived since Issue 206

64 issues

The Gooner is the best selling independent Arsenal fanzine which, since its launch in 1987, has aimed to provide a platform where the complete spectrum of Gunners supporters’ views can be expressed. There is no editorial line in terms of what we will publish, running very much an open house policy. For this reason, it is the natural home for many of the debates and counter views that go hand in hand with being a Gooner in modern times.

The Gooner publishes regularly throughout the football season, so a 12 month subscription will typically deliver 8 issues, each of which is packed with at least 48 full colour pages of contributions from a wide cross section of the Arsenal fan base providing intelligent, passionate and often humorous analysis of the goings-on at Arsenal FC, both on and off the pitch, as well as plenty of reflective articles which provide many memories from our clubs illustrious history.

In addition, all subscribers have access to our full catalogue of digital back issues which dates back to the start of the 2010/11 season.

The FREE trial issue from March 2013 features Carl “Corporal” Jenkinson on the front cover and the Talking Reds editorial puts forward the view that we need more players like him who have a deep-rooted bond with the club and who play with the pride and passion we as fans want to see.

On a similar theme, there’s an interview with Chris “Chalky” Whyte, Arsenal centre-back (and very occasional striker) from the early 80s, who grew up just down the road from Highbury and used to stand on the North Bank as a boy. He talks about his slightly unusual career path, who was responsible for his positional switch and why he had his toes broken deliberately one summer!

Elsewhere, there’s an article by Bernard Dowling questioning whether Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis has delivered on the promises he has made during his four year tenure whilst earning in excess of £8m and there’s also a piece which highlights some of the unsung Arsenal heroes from the last 40 years including Eddie Kelly, David Price and Sylvain Wiltord.

All this plus much more including all the usual features and columnists – Highbury Spy, Mickey Cannon, Anger Management, Inbox, match reports, In the Away End and another episode with Dwight Hart-Lane who this time struggles to get to grips with social media.

Latest issue

The Gooner issue 269 comes with a 2018 ‘Gooner Classic Back Covers’ calendar recalling some of the funnies that have graced the rear of the fanzine over the past 30 years. We have two interviews – one with goal-keeping legend Bob Wilson and the concluding part of our chat with four time title winning captain Tony Adams.

There is a special feature where contributors remember Arsenal FA Cup Third Round matches from the past, and a look back to an unusual friendly between Arsenal and France on Valentine’s Day in 1989. In ‘The Gooner Years’ regular, the stadium of experience of 30 years ago is compared with the modern day. There are articles looking at whether we are enjoying Arsenal’s football, another analysing the perception that there is a bias against the Gunners and one that ponders whether the club can breach the gap to bigger clubs.

The Don Howe mid-1980s era is compared to today’s team, and there is a look at the players currently out on loan at other clubs. There is a trip report on Cologne away and thoughts on the Alexis situation with the view that he should be sold now rather than wait until he walks in the summer. As well as this, we have all the usual regulars, including Talking Reds, The Spy, Mickey Cannon, Well Played / Pain In The Arse, Inbox, the North Bank Times and the 91st Minute. Plenty to get your 2018 Arsenal reading off to a good start.

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The Gooner is the best selling independent Arsenal fanzine which, since its launch in 1987, has aimed to provide a platform where the complete spectrum of Gunners supporters’ views can be expressed. There is no editorial line in terms of what we will publish, running very much an open house policy. For this reason, it is the natural home for many of the debates and counter views that go hand in hand with being a Gooner in modern times.

The Gooner publishes regularly throughout the football season, so a 12 month subscription will typically deliver 8 issues, each of which is packed with at least 48 full colour pages of contributions from a wide cross section of the Arsenal fan base providing intelligent, passionate and often humorous analysis of the goings-on at Arsenal FC, both on and off the pitch, as well as plenty of reflective articles which provide many memories from our clubs illustrious history.

In addition, all subscribers have access to our full catalogue of digital back issues which dates back to the start of the 2010/11 season.

The FREE trial issue from March 2013 features Carl “Corporal” Jenkinson on the front cover and the Talking Reds editorial puts forward the view that we need more players like him who have a deep-rooted bond with the club and who play with the pride and passion we as fans want to see.

On a similar theme, there’s an interview with Chris “Chalky” Whyte, Arsenal centre-back (and very occasional striker) from the early 80s, who grew up just down the road from Highbury and used to stand on the North Bank as a boy. He talks about his slightly unusual career path, who was responsible for his positional switch and why he had his toes broken deliberately one summer!

Elsewhere, there’s an article by Bernard Dowling questioning whether Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis has delivered on the promises he has made during his four year tenure whilst earning in excess of £8m and there’s also a piece which highlights some of the unsung Arsenal heroes from the last 40 years including Eddie Kelly, David Price and Sylvain Wiltord.

All this plus much more including all the usual features and columnists – Highbury Spy, Mickey Cannon, Anger Management, Inbox, match reports, In the Away End and another episode with Dwight Hart-Lane who this time struggles to get to grips with social media.

  • First Issue: Issue 206
  • Latest Issue: Issue 269
  • Issue Count: 64
  • Published: Monthly