A Goon with a bit of Spike…..

Good Morning/Afternoon and Evening to all the night crawling gooners.

I had been invited to write a piece for this blog a while ago. So far I have declined the offer, either too uninspired, our dreadful performances (heh) or too shy, but suddenly something has touched a nerve.

The ‘Goldenboy awards’ were presented the other night, to honour the best of young, European footballing talent (irritable Bale syndrome not included).

As a 30-year-old Essex lad brought up by two generations of top flight Goons, I feel obliged to ‘have a say’.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli won the aforementioned award, just a place ahead of Frodo Wilshere. ……..

Now, Mr Balotelli has now stated, and I quote….

“What is his name? Wil…? No, I don’t know him but the next time I play Arsenal, I will watch out for him. Maybe I will show him the Golden Boy and remind him I have won it!”


Bringing me on to my piece, and the subject of my reply, I once read a book by the late great Spike Milligan (his tombstone inscription reads – ‘I told you I was ill’). I believe the book was titled ‘Hitler, my part of his downfall’.

The book is Spike’s reminisces of the 2nd world war, and in one chapter, whilst serving in North Africa he recalls a friendly football match between his battalion and a local team, who in fairness and barefoot made the British contingent look quite ordinary.

The Short stocky Yorkshireman at left back with short ‘crew cut’ hair was being given a torrid time by the seven-foot nippy African right-winger, who on every time he took the ball past him, quipped ‘ Stanley Matthews, eh, Stanley Matthews!!!.

After being ‘skinned’ by the winger several times, the left back took both man and ball with a sickening thud! And whilst leaning over the prostrate winger, calmly said ‘WILF ‘F*****G COPPING’

As far as I remember from the book I don’t think the winger got another minute on the pitch let alone a touch.

I would like to add at his point that the book was read a long time ago and memory is quite hazy, but I do thoroughly recommend reading it.

Wilfred Copping, pictured above, was signed by Arsenal in the summer of 1934 for £8,000, as a replacement for Bob John and immediately took a first-team place at left half. He made his debut against Portsmouth on August 25, 1934, and was an ever-present in his first season for the club, until suffering a serious knee injury in the third-last match of the season against Everton. Copping soldiered on and remained on the pitch to ensure Arsenal won the game 2-0; this ensured the club won the 1934-35 First Division title.

Copping recovered from his injury to continue playing for Arsenal, making over 35 appearances in each of his first four seasons with the club. During his time at Highbury, Arsenal won the FA Cup in 1935-36, another League title in 1937-38, and two Charity Shields. His England career also continued, and he was one of seven Arsenal players to start England’s match against Italy in November 1934 (the “Battle of Highbury”) – a game for which he named man of the match. In total he won 20 caps for England between 1933 and 1939.

Now, I know for a fact, Jack Wilshere reads Arseblog.com, and I hope blogs from the Arse read the excellent ramblings from this site. So Jack, Frodo, Bilbo, if you do come across this post, on the 5th of January, let ‘Super Mario’ know exactly who ‘super, super Jack’ is…

Can I just take this moment to thank all Highbury House readers and posters big time, especially the lovely Rico for all the time, effort and pride.

Happy Christmas, 3 points off the chavs and a Happy New Year!!

Written by Rocastle

111 thoughts on “A Goon with a bit of Spike…..

  1. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 9:15am

    Morning all

    Thank you Rocastle for the post, cracking read and it’s made me smile on a grotty winters morning. Let’s hope Jack shows the Italian exactly who he is, a Copping tackle would do just nicely, within the rules of the game of course :)

  2. Rocastle

    December 23, 2010 at 9:23am

    Morning Rico, all.

    Superb title Rico!!!

    I see TV5 is out until February, not great news. AW either needs to buy a CB in the sales or hope there’s more postponed games!!

  3. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 9:24am

    Hi Rocastle, i hoped you would like it :)

    Samba, we should go for Samba, we cannot afford to wait for TV to be fit….

  4. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 9:25am

    6′ 4″, EPL experience and shouldn’t cost too much, if we don’t go for him, you just know Arry will….. He may not play for France but he was born there :)

  5. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 9:27am

    Rocastle, sorry, I forgot to thank you for your kind words in the post 😳

  6. Rocastle

    December 23, 2010 at 9:28am

    If it were me Rico, your wish would be granted, unfortunately I cannot see him buying anyone.

    Same old same old.

    Right, I’ll be off for a while to attempt some shopping, slip in the ice, get infuriated by the queues and crowds and end up in the pub by midday cursing Christmas

    Bah humbug!

  7. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 9:31am

    I’m hoping his u-turn will see us sign a CH at least Rocastle…

    Have a good day at the shops, don’t bother to get mine wrapped 😉

    Bah humbug indeed, are you wenger in disguise 😉

  8. Red Arse

    December 23, 2010 at 9:36am

    Morning Rico, Rocastle, :-)

    Really good and unusual Post, in memory of a great player and with a little plug for a very funny man. Spike I mean, not Wilf. :-)

    Glad you got the email eventually Rico, the innocent penguin in the final scene still makes me smile too! :-)

  9. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 9:38am

    Morning RA, all the pics are really cute…

  10. kelsey

    December 23, 2010 at 9:42am

    Morning all.

    I love a bit of nostalgia, rocastle. They made the book into a film with jim dale (remember him).

    Samba, not so sure rico.When did AW last buy a player from within the PL,I can’t remember as Sol came as a free.

    Baptiste to spurs and possibly Reyes.What is it with old brown envelope and our players 😉

  11. Siena Denton

    December 23, 2010 at 9:42am

    Mario Balotelli is an arrogant oaf and I am surprised he was even nominated in the first instance. His onfield behaviour leaves a lot to be desired and that pouting bad attitude he has brought with him from Inter Milan.

    So he was rewarded with an award for a #RedCard on a dangerous tackle that looked quite deliberate. Disgusting.

  12. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 9:44am

    Morning kelsey,

    i remember Jim Dale, carry on actor and funny man..

    it’s about time he changed his ways, samba would be a good addition and his price won’t be over inflated as he’s not english 😉

  13. stonroy

    December 23, 2010 at 9:46am

    Great post.

  14. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 9:49am

    Hi Siena, don’t think anyone will disagree with you there, he’s not nice…

    Morning stonroy

  15. Erick

    December 23, 2010 at 10:11am

    Mario shld be ashamed of himself who in the world doesn’t know Jack

  16. Erick

    December 23, 2010 at 10:12am

    Morning folks long time Rocastle nice piece :-)

  17. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 10:31am

    Howdy Erick, i thought you’d left us :(

    But you haven’t :)

  18. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 10:32am

    WATH hasn’t been around either for ages, i think he must be Santa 😉

  19. SD-London

    December 23, 2010 at 10:38am

    Okay guys, Jack is not that popular yet world wide but Balotelli has no excuse and just wanted to have a dig at Jack.

    Balotelli ? Rude boy- It is just like Teenage Nike Tyson playing football.

    It is certain that Macini and him will soon have an on field altercation and he will get so benched that he will be sold to some mid table Italian team.Man City will never sell him to AC Milan.

    I think Balotelli knows Walcott well enough and kudos to him so W.Jack should be spurred on my Mario’s stupid comment to be a better player.

  20. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 10:41am

    Hi SD, the mans an ignorant twurp and may his comments come back to haunt him….

  21. Steve Palmer

    December 23, 2010 at 11:37am

    Morning all,nice post, good player good comedian,
    Don’t like to put a dampener on the Wilshere story, but if Jack does read these blogs i would just like to say, Jack let him find out about you on the field and not for your stupid off field antics you have a gift son use your brains, and use it.

  22. SD-London

    December 23, 2010 at 11:39am

    Wao Steve P, a little Bit hash, JAck is 18 years of age , i will say he is very much matured for is age.

    Can any one remember what we were doing at the age of 18 ?

  23. kelsey

    December 23, 2010 at 11:44am

    Fopr balotelli read Adebayor.if city want to waste their money,that is their problemThe will most probably offload Ade ASAP then balotelli,as they have endless funds and will eventually buty the league,not for profit just for prestige in the western world.

    As far as jack is concerned he got a tad too cocky at 16/17 and i believe part of the reason he was loaned out to bolton was to get him away from the bright lights of London.he is a rare talent but needs a firm hand as to guide him in the right direction.

  24. Steve Palmer

    December 23, 2010 at 11:47am

    SD you are probably right,but others have been moved on and i wouldn’t want to lose a talent we have.

  25. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 11:49am

    SD, but we weren’t professional footballers, i’m a little with steve, he needs to give the playboy image a bit of a break 😉

    Hi Steve…

  26. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 11:53am

    kelsey, too right, he’s just another trouble maker and like many have said before, if jose couldn’t sort him out….. who can..

  27. Steve Palmer

    December 23, 2010 at 11:59am

    Morning Rico, i am not trying to knock Jack but even at eighteen he needs to understand that an Arsenal man wears the shirt on and off the pitch, if you want the limelight get it doing something magical

  28. Gunnernet

    December 23, 2010 at 11:59am

    hi guys, a bit quiet day isn’t it? Wenger said he might enter transfer market. What we really miss is TV, but when he comes back he will be like a “new signing”, so i don’t expect anything. How is the weather today?

  29. SD-London

    December 23, 2010 at 12:03pm

    Rico et el, what i meant was that his behaviour is expected of a teenager . If you notice , J.Wilshire had that night club problem just a week after signing a new contract (£35 000) a week or something like that.

    Check it out 18years with an EPL contract, what will you all do?

    But i am not worried about J.Wilshire because he is in good hands (Wenger) and he is from a good background.

    Balotelli just emits total wrongness and probably a damaged good that Man City cannot tame. God help them.
    I cant wait for him to give Tevez a punch on the field.

  30. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 12:20pm

    steve, i agree a tad but i also agree that he’s young and can’t be expected to stay in playing play station every night. silly thing like the brawl and subsequent police caution need to stop but as long as he goes out, doesn’t get drunk and end up over the front pages of the newspapers i’m not too bothered…

  31. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 12:20pm

    Hi Gunnernet, its cold, quiet and wenger is off into the january sales 😉

  32. Red Arse

    December 23, 2010 at 12:21pm


    As you liked that earlier email, I have sent you another to make you smile. :-)

  33. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 12:22pm

    SD, i think my 1220 comment clears up my view on jack :)

    i don’t want him going off the rails, wenger gets rid of players like that. i don’t expect jack to be anything other than a pro from now on, he’s the future ‘face’ of arsenal :)

  34. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 12:23pm

    Thanks RA, i’ll take a peep

  35. Red Arse

    December 23, 2010 at 12:25pm

    Thing is Rico, Arsene has said he will only buy if he sells someone because he has a full squad, won’t buy a replacement for TV (who may be out for the rest of the season) and has refused to sell Bendy or Denilson (I think), and wants Almunia to stay.

    Very confused messages.

  36. oliver

    December 23, 2010 at 12:30pm

    morning all…good post…who is balotelli anyways? just what exactly has he accomplished? i thought so.

    i don’t think jack will become another jermaine pennant, but he really should knuckle-down and focus on his football…

  37. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 12:31pm

    RA, wenger always sends out confused messages – i prefer it when he says he won’t spend, at least then anyone in is a pleasant surprise 😉

    I still think he will get cover for TV, he said if we ‘lose someone’ well, we’ve lost TV for another month 😉

  38. kelsey

    December 23, 2010 at 12:57pm

    So if he sells Almunia how much is in the kittty. ….exactly.Vela might go as well,most probably both to Spain.How much did Vela cost,by the way.

  39. kelsey

    December 23, 2010 at 12:59pm

    Vela attracted interest from a number of European clubs, and eventually Arsenal won the race for his signature in November 2005 on a five-year deal for a £125k fee that will rise to £550k if he plays 50 first-team games.

    just answered my own question,i was quite surprised,that is cheap,cheap 😉

  40. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 1:04pm

    £550K for Almunia kelsey 😉

  41. Steve Palmer

    December 23, 2010 at 1:04pm

    Before we can buy anybody surely we need to sell, who do you suppose we sell, and for how much, and for what reasons?

  42. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 1:06pm

    Morning oliver..

  43. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 1:09pm

    Eboue, Denilson, Diaby, AA, Nik, Almunia….

  44. SD-London

    December 23, 2010 at 1:14pm

    Rico ! You are mean

  45. kelsey

    December 23, 2010 at 1:15pm

    Then of course we have contracts running down in the summer.nasri,arshavin and eboue.i think mozart will go by then with ramsey and jack both becoming regulars.

  46. oliver

    December 23, 2010 at 1:19pm

    morning rico…very, very slow here.

  47. Erick

    December 23, 2010 at 1:20pm

    Rico me left never ever Christmas is a busy time :-)

  48. Erick

    December 23, 2010 at 1:22pm

    Howdy Oliver very silent :-)

  49. oliver

    December 23, 2010 at 1:25pm

    morning erick…seems like ages since we had an actual game to talk about….nothing but who is injured and who will not be signed, over this past week.

  50. Steve Palmer

    December 23, 2010 at 1:32pm

    And what do we want

  51. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 1:33pm

    SD 😉 I’m not really, just throwing a few names in…

  52. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 1:47pm

    kelsey, thats why i wonder if a few will go, if they won’t sign a new contract then we must not lose out on a few million…

  53. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 1:48pm

    the whole blog world is slow oliver, no games, no real news and everyone is doing the last minute Christmas shopping…

    Erick 😆

  54. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 1:52pm

    Rafa has gone then, Inter have confirmed his sacking….

  55. oliver

    December 23, 2010 at 2:00pm

    yeah, i saw that this morning. what odds he replaces arsene? i make him favorite, with fat sam a close second. unless inter decide to snap fs up, that is…

  56. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 2:03pm

    oliver, i don’t think he will replace Wenger, he spends and wastes too much money….

    you are of course teasing about FS…

  57. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 2:04pm

    Steve, a CH and DM would do, who though i don’t know, Samba would be a good CH, Cahill would also do but as for the DM… i don’t know

  58. oliver

    December 23, 2010 at 2:08pm

    i’m teasing about rafa too – can you think of a worse fit than rafa and arsenal?

  59. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 2:12pm

    ha ha oliver, i can think of worse, FS 😉

  60. oliver

    December 23, 2010 at 2:19pm

    phil brown then?

  61. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 2:22pm

    arggh…. stop it..

  62. K-TR7

    December 23, 2010 at 2:45pm

    Hi all.it looks like nani is 1600 more times intelligent than Aw…

  63. Rennie

    December 23, 2010 at 2:48pm

    Nice post Rocastle & thanx 4 enlightening me about an ol’ Gunner great like Copping… Kudos to Rico too 4 continuing to give all Housers some amount of respite from the boredom injected into the Arsenal world by the ongoing Winterlull!

  64. K-TR7

    December 23, 2010 at 3:03pm

    By the way nice post rocastle.

  65. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 3:06pm

    Hi Rennie and KT – Rennie, stop it 😉

    Maybe that’s a theme I could introduce here on HH, once a week we have a post on one of the really old boys??

    Thoughts on a postcard? :)

  66. SD-London

    December 23, 2010 at 3:21pm

    samba samba chris SAMBA
    SAMba C.SamBA :)

    :) cHRIS sAMBA :) : )

  67. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 3:23pm

    kelsey, your last comment went into spam… :(

  68. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 3:26pm

    kelsey, that news is sad, i know it doesn’t alter the situation on the board etc, but it’s bloody sad to think his life could possibly be coming to an end….

    He’s an Arsenal man, through and through isn’t he?

  69. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 3:27pm

    SD, Samba is up for sale – don’t know if you knew 😉

  70. Red Arse

    December 23, 2010 at 3:52pm

    Rico, are you saying that you did not know, that I knew, you knew I knew? Or what? :-)

  71. SD-London

    December 23, 2010 at 4:04pm

    i know Rico , i was pedling him for Wenger.We need someone to Kick Drogba and Rooney’s **S .

  72. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 4:27pm

    RA, just messing 😉

    SD, what has wenger got to lose getting him but he won’t, it will ‘kill’ Kos :(

  73. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 5:49pm

    Guess everyone has gone :(

  74. kelsey

    December 23, 2010 at 5:56pm

    Good night rico :)

  75. agirlagunner

    December 23, 2010 at 6:00pm

    Just in, rico. :( Christmas party at work… Always a greatly embarrassing affair. 😉

    Rocastle, great write. I must admit, I had never even heard of Copping. Yikes.

  76. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 6:22pm

    Night kelsey…

  77. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 6:24pm

    Howdy agag, christmas partys, always fun and always naughty 😉

  78. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 6:28pm

    What a load of tosh this is…………

    Arsenal will make an improved offer for Dinamo Zagreb defender Sime Vrsaljko after having one bid rejected already, according to Talksport.

  79. agirlagunner

    December 23, 2010 at 6:34pm

    How are you, rico? Gearing up for all the preps tomorrow?

    Well, it was pretty fun! Hardly naughty. Too many stodgy old bankers. :) Oh and I won a coffee maker, a toaster, and an LCD TV. Haha. Shame, I didn’t get the overseas trip thingie. 😉 But I should count my blessings, I think.

  80. allezkev

    December 23, 2010 at 6:39pm

    “Never even heard of Copping”. Try getting hold of ‘Forward Arsenal’ by Bernard Joy, or ‘Cliff Bastin Remembers’ by Cliff Bastin, two of the best Arsenal books i’ve read and very good info on our great 1930’s teams.

  81. agirlagunner

    December 23, 2010 at 6:39pm

    That’s one of the more unreliable websites, right?? :)

  82. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 6:42pm

    agag, i’ll email you …..

    but yes, getting ready for the day, although a quiet one this year.. what about you and your family?

  83. allezkev

    December 23, 2010 at 6:45pm

    ‘Alex James, Life of a Football Legend’ by John Harding is also a very good read.

  84. agirlagunner

    December 23, 2010 at 6:46pm

    Staying at home. :) Will sleep sleep sleep until Noche Buena (midnight feeding frenzy). Where’s oliver, he would know all about Noche Buenas? :)

  85. agirlagunner

    December 23, 2010 at 6:48pm

    Okay, will wait. :)

  86. Rocastle

    December 23, 2010 at 6:50pm

    Thanks all. Much appreciated.

    Shopping went as expected, got wound up and ended up in yates’.

    Decided everyones getting a nice carlsberg glass for Christmas.

    Kids love beer mats anyway……right?

  87. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 7:01pm

    agag, its sent….

  88. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 7:02pm

    hey rocastle,

    so yates for you then, good man..

    great idea re the presents… 😆

  89. agirlagunner

    December 23, 2010 at 7:28pm

    Got it, rico. :) :( Good for you, Rocastle!

  90. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 7:43pm

    so then agag – is santa going to buy us any presents…..

  91. agirlagunner

    December 23, 2010 at 7:48pm

    I should hope so, rico. :) :) Ican’t think of anyone in particular though. VDW, I guess. And that’s solely for footie reasons. 😀

  92. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 7:57pm

    VDW would be a good addition, but we need a CH agag…. :(

  93. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 8:01pm

    VDW, you, dutch footballers, and footballing reasons, do not go together agag 😉

  94. agirlagunner

    December 23, 2010 at 8:08pm

    Hahaha, rico. 😀 And it’s not exactly RB that needs strengthening. Well, we can play AW centrally. Like you always say, AW does like square pegs and round holes.

  95. agirlagunner

    December 23, 2010 at 8:08pm

    I am off. Nighty!! :)

  96. rico

    December 23, 2010 at 8:10pm

    Nighty agag, rest well…

    I’m signing off too…

    Til tomorrow guys and gals…

  97. rico

    December 24, 2010 at 8:17am


  98. kelsey

    December 24, 2010 at 8:45am

    Morning,,Beckham to Arsenal ?

    Got a Xmas Eve match this morning so will be back later.

  99. Rocastle

    December 24, 2010 at 8:56am

    Morning. Damn you jack Daniels.

    Beckham to arsenal?!

  100. rico

    December 24, 2010 at 9:04am

    Morning kelsey and rocastle…

    good luck with your game kelsey, too slow rocastle :)

  101. rico

    December 24, 2010 at 9:05am

    Wenger has said no to Golden Balls and just read the ‘Goldeny Boy’ has been dropped form the City side, Mancini is fed up with his attitude 😆

  102. Rocastle

    December 24, 2010 at 9:11am

    No, I was responding to the first statement.

    My head hurts. Why oh why do I do it to myself.

    Now I’ve gotta get out and pick up a big fat horrible bird.

    Then were gonna collect the turkey…haha!

  103. rico

    December 24, 2010 at 9:14am

    😆 Rocastle, a JD night is never good…

    I hope its a free range one :(

  104. Rocastle

    December 24, 2010 at 9:16am

    Of course.

    And yes JD Truly is the liquer of Satan.

  105. rico

    December 24, 2010 at 9:22am

    Rocastle, good … :)

    Cant stand the stuff myself, in fact all spirits taste like Meths to me 😉

  106. Rocastle

    December 24, 2010 at 9:31am

    No, it’s lovely stuff. In fact every now and again….I can still taste it this morning. Admittedly it doesn’t taste quite as good as it did last night…..

  107. rico

    December 24, 2010 at 9:36am

    You make sure you walk to pick up your big bird today then Rocastle 😉

  108. rico

    December 24, 2010 at 9:39am

    New Post up…..

  109. Rocastle

    December 24, 2010 at 9:45am

    Good idea. I could probably rude the bloody thing home. Size of it!!

  110. rico

    December 24, 2010 at 9:49am

    😆 i hope you meant ride 😉

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