Gooner on a mission: Connecting with Arsenal fans to raise cancer awareness

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  • Friday, 14 Mar 2014

Arsenal fan Peter Anderson is on a trip around the world to get fellow fans to support his cancer cause.

ARSENAL fan Peter Anderson is a man with a mission. A lot of people have visions and missions, so what’s so special this time, you ask?

Well, he is couchsurfing his way around the world to meet fellow Arsenal fans while raising funds for the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. To his surprise, there are Arsenal fans (often referred to as Gooners) in every nook and corner of the continent!

“I’ve been relying on the goodwill of fellow Gooners to put me up. It’s not that I’m a Scrooge. It’s really just a way for me to test the unity of the global Arsenal collective. Of course, people can also read about my successes and failures in my blog,” says Anderson, who is in Malaysia at the moment.

The 29-year-old Brit from Oxford became a fan at age 10 when he watched the 1995 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Final contested between Arsenal of England and Real Zaragoza of Spain. They lost the match but the kid was hooked. 

However, he only became a diehard fan in 2000; his love was cemented when Arsenal went on a record 49 consecutive top-flight league games unbeaten from May 2003 to October 2004. It wasn’t until 2009, however, when Anderson moved to Montreal, Canada, for work, that he had his first experience with fans abroad.

“I didn’t even think people watched English Premier League soccer in North America, but there I was with a couple of fellow fans, eating breakfast and watching us get spanked by Manchester City. At that point it was clear to me that I would still be able to follow Goonerism anywhere in the world without having to resort to unreliable Internet streams,” he says.

Peter Anderson has collected signatures from fellow Arsenal fans around the world. The Star/Raymond Ooi.

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