Thanks are due to the Gooner Massive over at Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) for taking a bunch of Tulkinghorn's hacks to the Emirates Stadium last Wednesday (29 August).
The Arse v Sparta Prague match might not have been the greatest ever played (although BLP did manage to lay on a couple of late goals to smarten up the scoreline at the end), but at least it gave Tulkinghorn's minions the chance to wag the chin with assorted BLP partners, including India guru Mark Lewis and genuine football fanatic Adam Dann.
Tulkinghorn says 'football fanatic', but Dann is, in fact, a follower of West Ham United - surely a thankless task, and one not made any easier by last week's inevitable bashing of perma-crock Kieron Dyer. Apparently Dann's first date with the good lady who eventually became his wife was at a Hammers game (the man has style). And yet still she married him.
Dann's footy-related anecdote, however, was bested by Lewis, the man who nearly didn't make the game as he forgot his ticket. Happily, racing across town at top speed with the ticket in his pocket is… what trainees are for.