Memorable event at the House of Commons
As part of the continuing 125 year anniversary celebrations, AISA hosted an event in the auspicious surroundings of the Jubilee Room at the House of Commons.
The event also marked the ground-breaking work being carried out by the AISA Arsenal History Society. Tony Atwood, the Society’s chair was on hand to reveal some hidden gems regarding the Club’s history and to introduce the guest of honour Phillippa Dawson, great great granddaughter of Jack Humble, one of Arsenal’s founding fathers.
AISA Chair Gavin Silvey, introduced the event and reiterated AISA’s commitment to representing supporters and also to using ‘football as a force for good’. Gavin told the packed room that AISA has raised £75,000 to date for good causes and continued to work with the Club to influence them on such matters as ticket pricing and policy. One of the objectives that AISA was pursuing, Gavin said, was to ensure every seat at the Emirates is not just sold, but filled.
Next to speak was Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn, who congratulated AISA on their initiative and thanked the Club for their work in the community which made them "a vital part of the borough."
Tony Attwood, then recalled some lesser known facts about Arsenal’s early days including being known as the ‘Soldiers’ Club’, our large away support, and how said support would let firecrackers off on the way to away games. More from Tony’s speech can be found on the AISA Arsenal History blog.
Finally Phillipa Dawson, great great granddaughter of Jack Humble, spoke of her great affection for the Club and for the work being carried out by AISA. She said she was honoured to be a part of the greatest football club in the world and how proud her late father would have been to see his ancestor honoured in this way.
A memorable occasion ended with Jeremy Corbyn taking groups of AISA members on an informative and entertaining tour around the House of Commons.