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My Girlfriend Supports Arsenal.

It`s the long awaited debut from Tom, OLASAL`s younger brother.

No-one is perfect. However, this unfortunate issue was somewhat brazened out by the Christmas present she bought me. I'll come back to this later. I don't want to wax lyrical too much as I'm really here to divulge a second generation of familial views upon all things CFC. Nonetheless, I think it`s necessary to say a few things about the guy who introduced me to the family on Vital Chelsea. My brother is a legend and that's as simple as it gets. I'm sure you all know that, having read his articles before. Nonetheless, this sneaky criticism of my 'dress sense' still needs to be addressed.

My brother has obviously been instrumental in getting me involved with Chelsea, taking me to games and wasting no time in imposing a few salient facts upon me. Firstly, his Ipod tuneage is pretty good, granted. Secondly, we don't like Tottenham. Or Liverpool. In fact, my Dad and Brother don't really like anyone who doesn't have blue blood. The first question they ask upon meeting someone new is 'Which team do you support?'. Even football neutrals get a look of contempt and the obligatory 'They obviously never saw Osgood play'. Life's priorities are beautifully balanced in my family.

In light of his dress sense comment, I'd like to direct your attention to a fresh winter's afternoon on the Kings Road. For those who know my brother, you'd recognize him through his distinct lack of hair, a trait which runs in our family and one I'm becoming increasingly concerned about. On this occasion, he was donning a cap not too dissimilar to the ones worn by the chimney sweepers in Mary Poppins. If you've seen that film, I think you'll appreciate that any comment on my dress sense is, and will continue to be, slightly hypocritical.

Having read through the comments at the bottom of his last piece, it`s obvious that his articles are a profound reflection of his personality. He's a genuinely top guy, a wicked combination of sharp wit and effortless likeability. Everyone is entitled to his opinion, except when it comes to girls. He has no clue. His articles beautifully toe the blurred line between hilarious and controversial and he's ridiculously into Chelsea. Whatever he might tell you about his writing ability, I can say that he is, by some distance, the better writer. Period. We all miss him and I hope I can uphold a blue tinted legacy.

Obviously, I wanted to base this first article around him as he's chiefly responsible for what you are reading but I'd thought I'd finish this with a little Chelsea anecdote from our Christmas celebrations.

Buying a present for my girlfriend is a mine-field. I ask her 'What do you want?'. She says 'Nothing'. In my talk, this means 'Nothing'. If I turned up with nothing, she'd never talk to me again. So I thought a little piece of hideously over-priced jewellery would suffice. She turned up at my house with, and I'm not exaggerating, a square-shaped present that was bigger than her. She'd dropped subtle hints that it was Chelsea/Eden Hazard related and I had to hide my initial disappointment that it wasn't the man himself. It turns out she somehow managed to get in contact with Hazard and got him to sign a shirt for me. She had the shirt framed and turned up at my place, grinning from ear to ear at the looks of astonishment on both mine and my Dad's faces. Classic.

My pieces, if I'm allowed to continue, will be a lot more Chelsea orientated but I thought I'd set the scene and give my big brother the credit he warrants. I hope I can continue to write and I'll be keeping in contact with my brother as he continues his fantastic new life in Dubai. His contributions are, in my opinion, far more valuable than mine!

Up the Blues!

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The Journalist

Writer: Tom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 17 2014

Time: 9:50AM

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Welcome to Vital Chelsea Tom.
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17/01/2014 09:55:00

Your girlfriend sounds pretty cool, I'd say she could do a lot better.


Galway Gooner
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17/01/2014 10:05:00

Welcome OLASAL Jr, great introductory piece.
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17/01/2014 10:25:00

Arsenal fans are awesome like that!! :)

Nice peice.
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17/01/2014 10:25:00

Welcome Tom. Nice debut article.
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17/01/2014 10:36:00

You are one lucky guy mate. Impressed by how your girl was able to get in touch with Eden. Cheers.
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17/01/2014 10:41:00

Welcome Tom... nice article :)
The Persian
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17/01/2014 11:08:00

Tut ! a girlfriend who's an Arsenal fan!!??? divided loyalties???? mental aberration??? need for treatment??? lol looking on ones judgement with disdain ! lmao
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17/01/2014 11:18:00

oh and welcome
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17/01/2014 11:28:00

Welcome on board man!!! My girlfiend too is a die hard Arsenal fan but I always emphasis #CFC ***** the #Gunners lol.... Great debut article too
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17/01/2014 11:31:00

Be careful mate, a girlfriend having differing views to you is just about manageable, a wife however.........
Galway Gooner
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17/01/2014 11:47:00

welcome on board mate and what a grand style it was!!!! a signed hazard jersey? wow!!! nice writeup tom.
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17/01/2014 11:49:00

galway gooner, I reckoned u are talking from personal experience, rotflmao!
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17/01/2014 11:50:00

Unfortunately Des pretty much! Every married man has had the same experience.

The love of Arsenal is the only thing I've been allowed to keep ;-)

Galway Gooner
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17/01/2014 11:56:00

Welcome tom,looking foward to your articles.
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17/01/2014 12:02:00

Welcome Tom!! Picking up right where your brother left off. Very nice piece. Hoping for many more. Cheers!! #ktbffh
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17/01/2014 12:06:00

The best I got from my wife (apart from the obligatory CFC shirt) was a Chelsea Champions of Europe 2012 coffee mug, and nice it is too. That is apart from probably 2 weeks of proud ownership parading it around in my office, the bloody cleaner managed to crack it doing the washing up, from top to bottom. I think it's the glazing on the outside that is still holding it together .. just about. Not impressed. Anyway, welcome Tom, you have big shoes to fill, but a great start ;-)
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17/01/2014 13:27:00

Good humour to the article as well,big welcome chap. Hope you have a thicker skin than Chris though? Lol
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17/01/2014 15:20:00

Great article Tom; OLASAL is a legend and its gonna take a miracle to make me forget the SOTNs. This is a good start though. Best CFC related gift I've ever received was a Birthday gift from my twin sis; A DVD of the 11/12 season review; she actually expected me to get her a diamond in return though, as if I hadn't bought a copy of the DVD with my money before that.
Tobe Enoch
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17/01/2014 17:25:00

This is a very good first for you Tom. I am very happy that Olasal's 'bigging-up' of your writing skills is justified. Welcome to VS and I believe that we have gained an amazing writer even though we will miss your brother.
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17/01/2014 17:33:00

Welcome tom! besides the lack of hair that runs in the family its seems writing good article also goes the mile :) Welcome again.
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17/01/2014 18:51:00

Welcome aboard Tom.... A captivating piece you have here and a nice gift you got from your girlfriend... Looking forward to your next piece.... Have fun!
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17/01/2014 19:46:00

welcome tom .. what an awesome piece of writing .. looking forward to more contributions :)
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17/01/2014 19:54:00


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