Sutton v Arsenal – the alternative picture

It was an absolute privilege to be at Gander Green Lane last night. Although the game finished 2-o to the Gunners, this did not dampen the spirits of the home supporters, many of whom may never witness an occasion like this again. Here are some photos that I took using my phone on what was a momentous day for Sutton United Football Club.

 

The skyline looked incredible – a sign of things to come….

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The ‘half-and-half’ scarf sellers were out in force….

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The fans were in high spirits….

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The stage was set….

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Sutton v BBC floodlights (which one’s which?)….

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The home fans were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the superstars (and Arsenal)….

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Hang on, this isn’t the National League….

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It’s Dan Walker! Meanwhile, Gary Lineker and Co. were in the TV-shaped MOTD studio (far left)….

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The views (and pictures) weren’t always the best….

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At least the cameraman had a great vantage point….

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Arsenal certainly were rapid at times….

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A masked man was arrested after invading the pitch and gesticulating at Nacho Monreal. You don’t get that in the Copa del Rey….

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Before soaking up the adulation of the adoring home crowd….

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People were making use of every vantage point they could find ….

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Arsenal opted for a luxury coach on this occasion….

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The visitors were certainly pestered by Sutton for large swathes of the match….

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The gates were completely unnecessary (look at those hooligans)….

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Those watching for free were soon interrupted by the Met Police (see hi-vis jackets)….

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There was a bit of a flare-up in the second period….

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There was a pitch invasion at full-time….

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Wenger sought sanctuary in the tunnel….

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Before being mobbed….

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The calm after the storm….

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Loitering near the home dressing room for an interview (which I got – watch this space)….

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Sutton boss Paul Doswell has time for some solitude….

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90 extra seats had been installed to accommodate Arsenal fans….

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The home manager is then interviewed by the club’s in-house TV station….

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The clear-up had well and truly begun, with the club volunteers helped by a red fox….

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Alex Bowmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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