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….
The ‘half-and-half’ scarf sellers were out in force….
The fans were in high spirits….
The stage was set….
Sutton v BBC floodlights (which one’s which?)….
The home fans were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the superstars (and Arsenal)….
Hang on, this isn’t the National League….
It’s Dan Walker! Meanwhile, Gary Lineker and Co. were in the TV-shaped MOTD studio (far left)….
The views (and pictures) weren’t always the best….
At least the cameraman had a great vantage point….
Arsenal certainly were rapid at times….
A masked man was arrested after invading the pitch and gesticulating at Nacho Monreal. You don’t get that in the Copa del Rey….
Before soaking up the adulation of the adoring home crowd….
People were making use of every vantage point they could find ….
Arsenal opted for a luxury coach on this occasion….
The visitors were certainly pestered by Sutton for large swathes of the match….
The gates were completely unnecessary (look at those hooligans)….
Those watching for free were soon interrupted by the Met Police (see hi-vis jackets)….
There was a bit of a flare-up in the second period….
There was a pitch invasion at full-time….
Wenger sought sanctuary in the tunnel….
Before being mobbed….
The calm after the storm….
Loitering near the home dressing room for an interview (which I got – watch this space)….
Sutton boss Paul Doswell has time for some solitude….
90 extra seats had been installed to accommodate Arsenal fans….
The home manager is then interviewed by the club’s in-house TV station….
The clear-up had well and truly begun, with the club volunteers helped by a red fox….