When I was at school there were two things I really wanted: a Triumph TR6 and a season ticket to the Arsenal. I was lucky enough to get both when I began work in London. The latter proved the far more reliable of the two. Terry Neill managed the Gunners and there were some terrific players in the team. Tony Woodcock arrived from Nottingham Forest and we acquired Kenny Sansom from Crystal Palace. There was a big link with Ireland at the time and the likes of Frank Stapleton, Liam Brady and a young David O'Leary were all fantastic players.
Tuesday night cup games were my favourites. I would get on the tube at Knightsbridge, after a couple of pints at the Paxton's Head, and take the Piccadilly line to the Arsenal. A brisk walk up a fog-shrouded Gillespie Road and a burger from Ken at the Hot dog trolley with ketchup and mustard, and I would go to my seat on the upper tier, half way along the West Stand.
Highbury had a special smell at night. Cigars and cigarettes mixed with the smoke of London chimneys. The floodlights were placed at the front of the East and West Stands, and so, unlike grounds with pylon lights, you could see road after road of terraced homes and gleaming roofs all around the ground. A string of lights disappearing into the distance was and Intercity 125 heading out of King Cross towards the North, and the undersides of seagulls and pigeons gleamed as they flew near the glow of the ground.I always met my friend Ginge at the ground and on a Saturday we would travel up together and stop at the Bull's Head in Chislehurst after listening to sports reports on the way back through Dalston, Hackney and Blackheath. Highbury is no longer a football ground. The Arsenal have moved down the road and the hallowed ground is now apartments.
We are a family business that works closely with the artists to ensure that our customers receive wonderful pictures at affordable prices.
Original paintings and framed prints are usually only available for collection from the Gallery, although we can deliver in person within a 15 mile radius of the gallery by arrangement.
On this site we have tried to provide as much choice as possible, but we are happy to quote on and supply pictures in bespoke sizes where feasible.
How long before we dispatch your print?
Some of the most popular prints are usually available for despatch within 48 hours.
If we do not hold the specific print you're after in stock it will be despatched as soon as we have been able to order one from the various craft printers used by our artists, or from the artists themselves.This seldom takes longer than a week.
How will the picture be delivered?
Within the UK, to keep things as simple and cost-effective as possible, we offer delivery by first class post which is organised by Post and Packing.
The prices quoted on the site include postage and packing at a discounted rate.
For international deliveries, please send us a message
How will your picture be packed?
All mounted prints are wrapped in cellophane bags and packaged using stout card and bubble wrap.
Framed prints and poster prints
Sadly due to the increasing instances of breakages in transit, we are no longer offering framed prints or originals by post. Please contact the gallery to discuss alternatives.
Poster prints will be rolled in acid-free tissue paper and inserted in a large diameter, stout cardboard tube with plastic end-pieces.