ArseWeb's Famous list of Celebrity Gooners
Here's a list of confirmed (and suspected) gooners, compiled by Mark King & Rupert Ward.
We think we have more celebrity fans than any other team going, but maybe
thats because we remember the ones who follow the Gunners and heap contempt on
followers of mere mortal sides! If anyone knows of pretenders to this list or
genuine fans that have been left off, please submit
This is the famous list used by Radio 5 Live and national newspapers (see
Types of Gooners...
and the rest...
(can you confirm any from our list
of suspected Gooners?)
(though you may have heard otherwise)
- Mentioned in several papers that she's a committed Gooner (and Frank McClintock fan),
born and bred in Islington. See this fan site or this one. Arsenal are thanked in her
album credits along with the usual family, friends, etc
- Chris Lowe
- John Lydon
- (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten), seen here modelling the new Arsenal strip back in 1996.
From Bill Wyman's review of Lydon's autobiography "Rotten", describing those
who followed the Sex Pistols... "There were the trendies from Bromley,
they were art-school poseurs. There were the football hooligans from Finsbury
Park, the scruffy North London district where Rotten grew up. Rotten
incidentally knew most of them personally, being a loyal Arsenal fan and
veteran of a few terrace scraps himself."
- Martin Ling
- Singer with early 80's punk/ska band "Serious Drinking".
Did several John Peel sessions & had strong football connections with songs such as "Love on the Terraces" "Bobby Moore is innocent" and a Euro96 thrash of "Back Home". Formed in Norwich and closely associated with the Higsons (led by Charlie Hiugson of Fast Show fame)
and the Farmers Boys. Was widely assumed that they were Canaries but Ling has been a season ticket holder for ages. Check out Workers Playtime for their catalogue.
- Martin Gore
- Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode), has been rumoured to be a gooner, but the word
from fellow band-member Martin Gore is that this is not the case. Martin, on the other hand,
is most definitely a Gooner. He's been known to get score updates on stage when Depeche Mode
and Arsenal have a fixture clash.
- Roger Taylor
- Queen drummer. In the VIP lounge in the build-up to the 2001 FA Cup final (spotted by Andrew McBrinn).
- Sacha Distel
- From German magazine "Der Spiegel": "I'm proud to be French
and if someone asks me which is my favourite French football team,
then I say Arsenal"
- John Williams
- The one from the band SKY, not the film music composer. John Lysaght writes,
"I drive a taxi in Melbourne and picked [Williams] up last year.....
we got chatting about England... and I mentioned I was an Arsenal fan from
way back... and he confessed to being an Arsenal fan as well.....
in fact I even had the season's fixture from the Arseweb site in my cab
and gave it to him......his agent
was a bit nonplussed, having no idea of anything Arsenal".
- Dame Alicia Markova
- Legendary ballet dancer. Born 1910 in Finsbury Park, watched Arsenal in her childhood.
- Casino Steel (real name Stein Groven, aka Casino Ramone)
- Jørn Smedslund writes from Oslo: "....a Norwegian musician who played
with early punk
band The Boys in the seventies, joined The Ramones (as Casino Ramone) for a
few months around 1980, and later on made it big in Norway together with the
English actor and singer Gary Holton.
Steel was a season ticket holder at Highbury for 11 years (seventies and
early eighties). I got this information from an interview with him in
Norwegian newspaper 'Dagsavisen'."
- Lisa L'Anson
- Radio 1 DJ, (ex KISS to her credit) All round babe!
- Tony Hadley
- (Spandau Ballet)
- The Kemps
- (Gary and Martin) (also Spandau, plus The Krays and in Martin's case EastEnders).
According to his website, Martin was once invited to train at Arsenal and might have been heading for a career in the game were it not for a knee injury.
But he did make it as a footballer of sorts. Martin
played for Melchester Rovers in the 1985/1986 season, but was disappointed not to make the Cup Final team.
And in this interview he talks of how he went about
making sure that his son became an Arsenal fan.
- John Keeble
- Also Spandau
- Marc Almond
- An Arseweb reader found the following in Marc's autobiography...
apparently he took in a lodger called Jamie around 1994, after
Marc had come out of rehab: "Jamie... introduced me to the joys of
dog racing and the Arsenal football club."
- Roger Waters
- (ex Floyd)
- Andrew Ridgeley
- (the other one from WHAM!).
- Buster Bloodvessel
- (Bad Manners). Has also dabbled with supporting Margate, we believe.
- Michelle Gayle
- Actress turned singer. Has been quite overtly Arsenal-supporting
in TV appearances (eg Don't Forget Your Toothbrush)
- Ray Davies
- of the Kinks
- Dave Davies
- Angus Young
- of ACDC
- Roger Daltrey
- The Who, plus acting appearances
- Tippa Irie
- Reggae star
- percussionist with M People
- Leroy Thornhill
- of The Prodigy
- Tony Cad Robinson
- bassist with Aswad
- of Blur.
- also of Blur.
- the sexy, scary lead singer from Skunk Anansie
- Gavin Rossdale
- lead singer with Bush
- Crispian Mills
- lead singer with Kula Shaker (anyone know if this is this
a familial allegiance? He does seem to have inherited his mother's
- Blak Twang
- aka Tony Rotton. Was the first UK act to win best hiphop act at
Mobo awards (in 1998). One of his videos is full of shots of him in a 2002
shirt (with the 2 doctored out so it just says O). Outed on Soccer AM December 2002
- Clem Cattini
- drummer from the Tornadoes (hit No.1 with "Telstar" in the 60s)
- from Damage (on their album forever the first single has commentary
of an Arsenal match)
- Aled Jones
- "Walking in the air" etc (err, what "etc"? ed) (and anyway, that wasn't really him either!)
on Songs of Praise 29/08/04 singing in homage to his "beloved Gunners" in a special sports song laden service from Highbury.
- Pete Tong
- top dj geezer.
- Judge Jules
- Another DJ
- Jimmy Ray
- pop star (Goonerdom heard on Malaysian radio)
- Ultimate Kaos
- According to MTV the lads are Arsenal fans
one of their videos was shot near Highbury.
- DJ Disciple
- top US House DJ. (quoted in Loaded magazine as saying he really got
into footy while he's been in the UK and he really loves Arsenal).
- Matthew Good
- Formerly of the Matthew Good Band (quite big in Canada, apparently). They've
split up now and he's got a new band. The Matthew Good Band's logo was a
modified Arsenal logo featuring their motto "Victory through sheer volume"
and their website linked through to AFCi as does his
new site (linked to above). His dad was from Islington.
- Rachel Stevens of S Club 7
- Has said in interviews that she's a gooner, and used to go to Highbury
quite often before the group took off.
- Bradley McIntosh
- ...also of S Club 7. See
Arsenal movie & TV appearances for evidence of
his goonerness. See also this
fansite. We're not sure about the other 5, suspect one or more others might be Arsenal too.
- Paul of S Club 7
- Haven't heard it from his own mouth but we think this counts as
confirmation. Mark writes...
"I took my daughters to see S Club 7 at Wembley Arena over the weekend and
when they do their encore they all come out wearing sort of patchwork
shirts. Those worn by Paul and Rachel include bits of Arsenal tops!
Certainly the word "Dreamcast" and the oldbadge appear. (Alas Jon has a bit
of a Vodafone top from that club based in Surrey!)."
Tina appears to also be Man Utd, and Hannah Cov. See this newsreel piece.
- Sharleen Spiteri
- Singer with Texas and mate of Thierry Henry's (who got in trouble for
a goal-celebration which revealed a t-shirt congratulating her on
the birth of her child. Bloody FA killjoys!)
- Black Crowes' drummer
- Seen wearing Dreamcast home shirt on Jools Holland's "Later",
- Rollo of Faithless
- (Dido's brother qv)
- Mark Nevin
- Of Fairground Attraction: wrote 'It's got to be perfect'
- Nicole Appleton
- Of All Saints. See also entries under "Maybe" and "Not" below
- Neil Finn
- Singer, ex Crowded House. This
site says he called an album "One Nil",
"...an apt title given his love for the Arsenal football team."
- Tall Paul
- Dance DJ. We're told that he appeared in a matchday programme as a
fan, but had our doubts when we found that
BBC web page describes him as a "mad Chelsea
fan". Turns out this is an outrageous slur. Tall Paul has been a West Stand season ticket
holder for years and regularly follows the Arsenal in Europe (thanks to Greg for the info).
- James 'Sterling' Moss
- DJ. (thanks to Henry for the info)
- Gilles Peterson
- DJ on Worldwide on R1 and head of Talking Loud record label. See his
(thanks to John Chapman for the URL)
where he answers the question "If you could get away with murder who would you kill?"
with "Tim Sherwood (for that tackle on Patrick Vieira)". See also Tim Sherwood !
- Damien Harris (AKA Midfield General)
- Club DJ. John Chapman writes: "Recording artist (as Midfield General) and head
of Skint records (who used to sponsor Brighton, not sure they do now). His love of all
things Arsenal has been in loads of dance mags. One of earlier tunes called Devil in
sports casual had a picture of an Arsenal top on the cover. And on the B-side a track
called Bergkamp, which originally had commentry of some the great man's goals but
must not have been cleared cos they weren't on the released version."
- "Garage" star. Outed by London's free "Metro" paper, 19th June 2001
- Midway Still
- Dec wrote to tell us that these indie/alternative noise merchants
of the early 90s, pioneers
of grunge who were often compared to Nirvana, were all loyal
Arsenal fans. Their debut album was even called "Dial Square"!
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- Steve Earle
- Country singer. Maria Kilcoyne sent us the following from
a biography entitled 'Walking after Midnight' by Lauren St John
(Picador, 2000. p155).
"He [Earle} gravitated towards underdogs and outsiders. Even the sportsmen he liked, the
British football team Arsenal and the brilliant NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, were outsiders of
sorts. When he first discovered Arsenal, they couldn't get arrested, and Gordon was a
favourite whipping boy of the South..."
- Chris Shiflett
- Guitarist with the Foo Fighters. Seen wearing Guinness-style ("Pure Genius")
Arsenal t-shirt at special recording for Channel 4, by John Delaney who was there.
He also wears it in their video for "Times Like These".
- Samantha Mumba
- Irish R&B singer and movie star.
A "reliable friend" of Phil Mitchell (not the Phil Mitchell, see "Not gooners" section) was sitting
beside her in a pub in Dublin (the Ballinteer) watching the
championship-clinching game 2001-2002. She was with her mum and had
an Arsenal cap on, she went ballistic when when Wiltord scored.
- Jason Perry
- Lead singer of "a" (?). Michi Stingl went to see them in Vienna on
the night of the same Man Utd match (see Samantha Mumba above), he
last song with "this one goes out to the champions of England: Arsenal".
Then during the song he shouted out the names of dennis, patrick and some
other players. Michi went backstage afterwards to get his Arsenal shirt
signed by Perry and he said he's been a supporter for 21 years.
On SoccerAM 21/09/2002 it turns out his brother Adam is a Gooner too.
And they're from Leeds.
- Eddie Grant
- Dave Spagnol remembers, "Before returning to his native Guyana, didn't
he mention that the only things he would miss about
England were Arsenal and Spurs. In the football season he would not play
too far from London on a Saturday as he considered it his duty to take his
sons to which ever one was at home. Living on the Front Line a bit, there, Eddie.
When pressed, apparently, he admitted to preferring Arsenal.
- Joan Collins
- A bit schizophrenic in her Goonerdom we fear. On GMTV she did say that
she supported Arsenal, but this could just have been to shut Eamonn Holmes up
who was wittering on about Man Utd as usual. However, the following quote,
from Joan's writing for the Daily Telegraph during the 1998 World Cup finals,
puts a different slant on things...
"In France, 400,000 women will cheat on their husbands during World Cup month; in Italy a million women will do the same; but in
England nothing changes because English women love their football almost as much as men do. Does that make us a nation of
soccer slags? French women have got it right. They deplore the game, as I have since at 13 I was dragged to Arsenal every
Saturday by my football fanatic father."
Deploring football, but hating Arsenal? Some people might say there's
See also sister Jackie Collins, below.
- Alan Davies
- comedian and actor (Jonathan Creek) (see mentions page,
March 2000). See also this NewsReel piece
- Colin Firth
- (Mr D'Arcy, the Nick Hornby character in "Fever Pitch") Someone told
us he was definitely a gooner then someone else said he was a Saints fan so we moved him to the "maybes" list.
Jenny Cann has now done some research and found
a Swedish site which
reproduces the text of various
Colin Firth interviews. There's enough there to bring him back up here.
In one, from Elle magazine, he's quoted as saying
he'd be embarrassed to claim to be a fully-fledged Gooner, but he is
'taking as much of an interest as possible' given the 'confines of his lifestyle'. No mention of Southampton.
Jenny also says,
"Even better, there's a quote from a Time Out interview in 1997 where he
talks about his first even match - Hull V Southampton (presumably this
is where the Saints reference comes from), which was the only football match he'd been to before doing Fever Pitch. But since then he hardly
ever misses an Arsenal home game when he's in London."
Nick Hornby writes to confirm that Colin's a definite gooner, "He was converted by the film.
He doesn't go that often, but he's keen, and is now an Islington resident."
- Mark Strong
- Firth/Hornby's best mate in Fever Pitch (and also in the excellent Births Marriages & Deaths
amongst other things). See this biog (thanks to Sina for the link).
- Frazer Hines
- Joe Sugden from Emmerdale and Jamie from Dr Who
Patrick Troughton's Doctor's sidekicks). Once wore an Arsenal shellsuit on Give Us A Clue.
- Jane Horrocks
- Multi-talented actress: Little Voice, Ab Fab, Life Is Sweet, the Tesco
- Stephen Rea
- Protestant republican from Belfast, star of The Crying Game, also
in Fever Pitch, Michael Collins, The Company of Wolves.
- Wil Wheaton
- Wesley Crusher from Star Trek the Next Generation.
Outed by Alastair Coleman.
- Barbara Windsor
- (Carry On & EastEnders, revealed Goonerdom on GMTV)
- Tom Watt
- ex Lofty from EastEnders,
now radio presenter, football writer, etc
- Suzanne Tully
- ex Michelle from EastEnders
- Leonard Fenton
- ex Dr Legg from EastEnders
- Mark Homer
- ex Tony Hills (son of Travis from Blakes 7) from EastEnders
- Patsy Palmer
- ex Bianca from EastEnders
- Tamzin Outhwaite
- Mel from EastEnders. Revealed on Zoe Ball's "The Priory" TV show. Had to finish
3 terrace chants to win a signed Seaman shirt, but had to be prompted.
- Jesse Wallace
- Kat Slater from Eastenders. Seen at Highbury a few times.
- Andrew Paul
- 'PC Dave Quinlan' from The Bill
- Eric Richard
- 'Sergeant Cryer' from The Bill. Wore AFC tracksuit on Game for a Laugh, (qv Fraser Hines)
- Patrick Robinson
- (Ash from Casualty, but he is Wrightys cousin!)
- John Alford
- (Billy from Londons Burning)
- Freddie Prinze Jnr
- Hollywood film star and Buffy-hubby
- Gary Webster
- (Ray from Minder)
- Bernard Bresslaw
- of Carry On fame, "Fakir, off!" (see Cardew Robinson, below)
- Cardew Robinson
- Bit-part actor in lots of British comedies. He played the Fakir
in Carry on up the Khyber (see Bernard Bresslaw, above). Thanks to
Dominic Cassidy for pointing this out. Andy Horlock remembers seeing him
appear on the pitch at Highbury, and having a shot at goal (I'm assuming
Andy means at half-time or before the game!), around the time of the Fairs Cup win, he reckons.
- Arthur Mullard
- Lovable cockney character (or should that be "celebrity gurner"?)
- Dame Anna Neagle
- Top actress for decades
- Jesse Birdsall
- of Bugs
- Gerard Horan
- (TV roles include Leslie "Charisma" Appleby from
Londons Burning, see link for other TV and film appearances. West Stand ST holder)
- Nicholas Farrell
- Sits with Gerard Horan (above). Films include Chariots of Fire & Plunkett & Maclaine (see Movies page).
- Clive Swift
- (Hyacinth Bucket's hubby in that sitcom)
- Mark Burdis
- "Stewpot" from Grange Hill (West Stand season ticket holder, apparently)
- John Challis
- (Boycie in "Only Fools & Horses")
- Tina Hobley
- (the sultry siren from Corrie St)
- Lee Montague
- Michael Elphick
- (actor: Boon, Private Schulz, etc)
- Clemency Burton-Hill
- (actress on Sky's footy soap Dream Team)
- Sarah Vandenburgh
- (Lauren from Neighbours)
- Matthew Cottle
- (Martin in Game On)
- Emily Watson
- actress: The Boxer.
- Emily Lloyd
- Wish You Were Here etc. reported in H&IE, Dec 2000
- Gwyneth Strong
- Cassandra in Only Fools and Horses. Converted to Goonerdom
by her daughter (plays for the U11s). reported in H&IE, Dec 2000
- David Harewood
- David Soul
- (see also the Ham & High article here)
- Kim Taylforth
- Operation Good Guys, London's Burning. sister of EastEnders' Gillian
- Gillian Taylforth
- ...speak of the devil.
- Gillian Anderson
- Dana Scully from the X-Files. Alleged to be a committed Gooner by the
Empire 1997 list of "top 100 sexiest movie stars"
- Kevin Costner
- revealed Goonerdom in Sky preview to 1998 FA Cup Final. Went to see
Arsenal 2 on 18/01/04, after which he
quoted as saying, ""My first introduction to English football was in
1990 when I was over here making Robin Hood and I got invited to an Arsenal
game. Having watched sports all my life in America, there was no comparison
in terms of the emotion that was in the stadium that day. And I really
never forgot it."
- Kathy Burke
- Waynetta Slob & other Harry Enfield characters, Love Honour & Obey, Nil by Mouth, etc
- Ray Burdis
- (Three Up Two Down)
- Pauline Quirke
- (Birds of a Feather etc. Mentioned it in an article about
a Xmas 1999 TV thing she's in with Ray Winstone, which was written by
and starred almost exclusively West Ham fans).
- Linda Robson
- the other bird of a feather.
- Saffron Burrows
- model-turned-actress (Deep Blue Sea). Interviews in Empire, Sept 2000,
"...continues her dissection of the Hollywood animal. /From Letterman ("He
keeps his audience cold, so they're alert to his every line. They have to
turn up in gloves and blankets!"), to rapping ("Why not? Bill Macy was on
the week before and played five instruments") on a show hosted by "a sort of
American Ian Wright", she is consistently charming. Even if she is an
- Jamie Bell
- aka Billy Elliott (revealed on Letterman show, and he was seen in
both home and away replica kits in 'The Billy Elliott story'
docu, not bad for the Billingham area, as Tom O'Brien points out)
Publicity for another moveie, Deathwatch, includes the following quote,
"Unlike other young film stars of his age Bell has also remained pretty
grounded with his spending habits too. 'I've not
really spent much,' he says of his new-found wealth. 'I'd be happy wearing
jeans and an Arsenal football shirt. Most
people think I'm really scruffy. A lot of friends back in Billingham say 'you're dead scruffy. We thought you were a movie
star.' I am not - I'm just a teenager,' he grins."
- Peter McNamara
- credits include London's Burning, Arrivederci Millwall, Shooting Fish,
- Nick Moran
- Lock Stock etc
- Adrian Dunbar
- Irish actor (Michael Collins, The Crying Game). Regularly attends
matches with his son.
- Pete Wingfield
- Simon Pemberton from the Archers. Also various TV series including
"Noah's Ark" (ITV). Little known in the UK but something of a cult figure
over the pond following role in
"Highlander" US TV spin-off (see fan club site, one of many).
Former goalkeeper in Arsenal's Ex-pro & Celebrity XI.
- Felix Dexter
- Award-winning comedy actor & comedian
- Peter Ellis
- The Bill (Inspector Brownlow)
- Greg Donaldson
- The Bill (DC Tom Proctor )
- Robert Bathurst
- "The posh one in Cold Feet", says Rob Cullen, who read in a local
paper that he is an Arsenal fan.
- Gary Lucy
- From "Footballer Wives" on telly. Stephan Ottewill saw him
say it on daytime TV and he was given an
Arsenal shirt with his name on it as a prize for keeping a football up
- Charlie Higson
- Of the Fast Show and formerly with 80s band The Higsons (see Martin Ling's entry under "Music" above). Charlie occasionally goes to Arsenal matches
as one of his sons is a fanatical Gooner. He has, apparently, never been
a big football fan but a friend assures us that "if push came to shove he
would probably align himself with Arsenal". That's good enough for us. We
suspect that like Arsene Wenger, Charlie believes that football management
is very much like making love to a beautiful woman.
- Sarah Michelle Gellar
- Buffy off the telly. Outed in Daily Star Sunday 21st Sept 2003
- Douglas Adams
- Stuart Martin writes, "Aeons ago, when I first read the Hitch-Hikers'
Guide to the Glaxy, I got all excited when I
deduced that Douglas Adams was probably left-
handed, from something he had Arthur Dent
saying. I wrote to his publicist to ask about this,
and also to ask if he was an Arsenal fan, and the
answer given to both questions was "yes". "
- Alan Parker
- movie director. Once revealed in an interview that, as part of
a deal with a studio, he got season tickets to Highbury.
- Piers Morgan
- editor of the Mirror newspaper.
The Observer reported that following Alex Ferguson's famous crap excuse
for driving on the hard shoulder (if you don't know what we mean follow
this link) Morgan sent him a packet of Immodium with a note saying "Arsenal
fans always knew he was full of shit". See Football365 mediawatch.
And Piers revealed himself to be something of an ArseWeb fan in a Media
Guardian column in January 2000 (see ArseWeb mentions page)
Also, when Arsène Wenger asked why he'd been put on the top table at
an awards ceremony Morgan replied "Well that's quite easy Arsène, you
are God's representative on Earth".
- Billy Cotton
- Band leader
- Nick Hornby
- Author of Fever Pitch etc (and contributor to this list)
- Lewis Gilbert
- Film director/producer. Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita, several Bond
films, Alfie, Admirable Crichton, loads of stuff.
- Michael Moore
- Fabulous political/satyrical American truthsayer. Paul McNamara
writes that Moore was... "at the Arsenal-Spurs game this season
and has worked it into his routine for his show at the
Camden Town Roundhouse. Obviously enjoyed it, singing
the Vieira and Freddie songs and wearing an Arsenal
baseball hat through the second half, and took his
(standing) ovation last night waving an Arsenal scarf
at the audience."
The Guardian magazine section on Saturday
04/10/2003 had a picture of MM wearing an Arsenal hat on the cover,
and in the interview inside there was a line about him breaking into
the Vieira song. See Guardian website.
- Stephan Frears
- Film director (My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons, High |Fidelity, Dirty Pretty Things, etc).
On Desert Island Discs, one of his "record" selections was the
recording of the Radio 5 commentary to the 2002 cup final.
- Michael Winner
- Film director (Deathwish)
- David Hurst
- Journo and author (of London gangster-novel "Rumour-fuelled society" allegedly to be filmed
starring Dave Courtney (qv), Nick Cotton and Sada off Big Brother!). David has been a gooner since he was 4. The aforementioned novel includes some Tottenham-bashing.
- Clive Anderson
- England's answer to Clive James.
- Spike Lee
- Appeared on Newsnight (BBC2) wearing an Arsenal shirt. When
questioned, he confirmed his allegiance.
- David Frost
- The 1960's answer to Clive Anderson. In April 2001, ex spin-doctor and
well-known Tottenham fan Charlie Whelan was on his show, going on about
Tottenham and laughing at Frost for supporting some other club. Frost
said, "Actually, I'm Arsenal!". He could have been winding Charlie
up but till we know better (like when someone tells us that he's definitely
a Norwich fan and was only joking about the Arse), Frostie's in the list....
Further confirmation is
provided by Robin Humphrey, who heard Frost say on Breakfast with Frost that one
way he relaxes is to 'watch the Arsenal, when I can.'
- Sue Mott
- sports writer at the Telegraph.
- Brian Glanville
- (Though you'd never know from his reporting!)
- Edmund Van Esbeck
- (Rugby correspondant for the Irish Times)
- Ruby Wax
- ...as told to ex Arsenal DJ Jay Hall. Took some penalties against
Seaman at halftime during a pre-season friendly.
- Doug Chapman
- Arsenal email list member & US journalist, New England Hall of Fame member!!!
- Melvyn Bragg
- Interviewed on BBC R5 as a result of being on this very list! (see mentions page
- Jackie Collins
- See also sister Joan Collins, above.
- Koo Stark
- Model turned actress and one time Randy-Andy "consort", they say...
- Eve Pollard
- Journalist, newspaper editor
- Sir Nicholas Lloyd
- (hubby of Eve Pollard. Also LBC Presenter, and
ex editor of the Express. Our first Celebrity
Gooning couple !!)
- Paula Yates
- Tragic ex Tube presenter
- Patrick Marber
- (Actor, playwright, etc. The student in the Paul/ine Calf Video Diaries)
- Jeremy Beadle
- Seen at '93 FA Cup semi by Arsewbe reader Neil Corrigan
- David Sullivan
- (Owner of Birm City FC and the Sunday on Sport papers!!!)
- Tony Parsons
- of The Late Show and the Mirror
- Rory McGrath
- (regular contributor of pro-Arsenal and anti-Spurs gags on They Think It's All Over)
- Pete Murray.
- Old DJ
- Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
- Creators of several successful sitcoms.
- Sam Fox
- Brian Walden
- Politician turned broadcaster
- Paul Kaye (ex Dennis Pennis)
- (when confronted with the prospect of doing his stuff to Ian
Wright, Pennis turned to camera and said "sorry, but some
people are just sacred". In Kaye's
interview for AFCi he reveelade that one time, when working on graphic design
at Tottenham, he managed to get Spurs stuff published with Arsenal images
hidden in the background.
Sits in the West Stand.
- Ric Blaxhill
- (producer TOTP)
- Eleanor Oldroyd
- (Radio 5 Live presenter/reporter - brought this very list to the world at large, see mentions page)
- Massimo Marianella
- (Italian footy commentator with "Telepiu 2")
- Pieruigi Pardo
- (Italian sports writer/commentator)
- Keith Best
- (BBC TV weatherman from the 60s and 70s)
- Bradley Walsh
- (Comedian, game-show host, ex Pro footballer)
- Denise Van Outen
- ex Big Breakfast presenter, turned West End stage star.
- Tony Holden
- Royal Biographer, world-renowned poker player, and Daily Express columnist.
Dedication in his book Charles, an autobiography reads
"To Arsene Wenger a true prince among men & the 1997/8 Arsenal squad
whose double kept me going through my treble"
- Joanne Guest
- (page 3 stunna)
- George Dawes
- (real name Matt Lucas) The baldy-baby "man with the scores" from
Vic n Bob's Shooting Stars.
- Frank Carson
- George Hamilton
- (Irish sports commentator)
- John Leslie
- Tall Scottish TV presenter (ex-Blue Peter) and all-round
nice guy. Ahem.
- Michael Rosen
- (poet & author of children's books)
- Steve Jackson
- (Kiss FM DJ)
- Richard Evans
- the urbane and, obviously, intelligent Tennis Correspondent for BBC WS Radio.
- George Kay
- (choiceFM 96.9 drivetime DJ)
- Gary Marshall
- Kebab-shop owner.
- Ken Loach
- director of Kes, etc.
- Dale Winton
- Supermarket Sweeper (see q.1 in BBC interview)
- Torab Taj
- Hollywood Wheeler-Dealer
- Joe Swift
- BBC2 gardening expert
- Amy Lawrence
- national broadsheet football writer, ex-fanzine contributor and IASA member
- Ainsley Harriott
- TV chef/buffoon.
- Andy Harris
- Soccer AM presenter (Sky Sports 2)
- Paulo Coelho
- Brasilian novelist (sold 20 million books worldwide, translated into
42 languages. Interviewed in Metro 22/09/99, he said he supports Vasco, but
his English team is Arsenal.
- Dermot Murnaghan
- reads the news on ITV. Has been going since the mid 60s (he
said in an interview in Radio Times)
- Julia Summerville
- Kay Burley
- Sky newsreader
- Dr David Bull
- Watchdog Healthcheck doctor-presenter
- Bernie Winters
- comedian. Seen by Gooner Chris Nicholls at Arnos Grove
after the 1979 cup final, Bernie was waving at Gooners from his Jag,
with a massive grin on his face. It is of course possible that he's
just one of the many millions who like to see Man Utd lose. Can anyone
confirm who Mr Winters supports?
Nick Hornby (see above) writes, "I remember [Bernie] being introduced to the crowd at
Highbury some time in the early seventies from the director's box, and
have always been under the impression that he is a dedicated fan."
And Laura Nadir confirms, "Bernie Winters has been a Gooner for ever.
He used to sit behind me in the West Stand in the 70's"
- Lisa Rogers
- Loaded's football columnist, Big Breakfast presenter.
- Matthew Wright
- ex Mirror gossip columnist turned TV presenter (well, trying to...)
- Gary Wilmot
- "Comedian & Entertainer"
- Jerome Anderson
- Agent to various sports stars
- Pat Sharp
- DJ & TV presenter
- Jackie Levy
- Sky Sports presenter
- Dermot O'Leary
- TV Presenter. Seen on telly wearing a 70s AFC shirt, talkign about
the 2001 FA Cup semi. Well, with a name like "D. O'Leary"....
- Ambrose Mendy
- Boxing agent (Nigel Benn etc)
- Penny Smith
- GMTV presenter
- Tim Cooper
- Journalist for various papers including regular interviews and articles for
the Evening Standard and Observer Magazine. Managed to get several
gratuitous pro-Arsenal pieces into prominent positions in the Standard,
including this one
celebrating Man Utd's historic and stomach-churning 1999 treble
victory in the Standard with a page dedicated to Arsenal's 1989 title
victory at Anfield!
- Neil Collins
- Daily Mail sports reporter
- Rupert Cornwall
- Senior journo on the Independent. Alan Tipping recalls him
confessing his goonerdom a few years back in a serious
article about foreign affairs.
- Davina McCall
- TV presenter (Big Brother etc). revealed goonerdon in
Sunday People magazine interview, 15/07/01.
- Keith Arthur
- Sky Sports and Talk Sport's angling pundit/presenter.
- Clare Furlong
- TalkSport correspondent
- Renton Laidlaw
- Golf channel commentator. Revealed goonerdon during commentary of golf event on
Cup Final day (2002)
- Rory Bremner
- West Stand season-ticket, apparently (or is it just someone
that looks like him?). Was engaged to Penny Smith (qv)
- Robert Kilroy (Silk)
- Politician turned daytime TV person. Marion Young writes, "Standing
outside The Gunners before Sunday's match, a shiny black chauffeur driven
Jag stops on Blackstock
Road right outside the pub. Robert Kilroy Silk (tv presenter and ex-Labour
MP) emerges with female
companion. Being a nosey sod, I ask the chauffeur if he is an Arsenal
fan, and chauffeur replies "yes"."
- Debbie Spillane
- ABC News Radio (Oz), was their first full-time female news reporter back
in 1984. See here.
- Charlie George
- Former North Bank regular, FA Cup winner, and Highbury Museum bod
- Thierry Henry
- Maybe just sayign what he knows we want to hear, but in Dutch Sports
Magazine "Sportsweek" he said, "when I grew up and started following English
football, Arsenal were my favorite team"
- Ronnie O'Sullivan
- World Snooker Champion 2001, ????. Despite rumours we hadn't
included him before the crucible 2002, because the rumours that
he was Tottenham were just as strong. But during and in the run-up
to his (first) World Champiosnship defence attempt, Ronnie has
made it quite clear. Whereas before he's concentrated only on snooker
in his interviews, this year he's been unable to hide his excitement
at the potential double.
- Audley Harrison
- Olympic boxing gold medallist 2000
- Lennart Johansson
- UEFA President and FIFA presidential candidate.
- Boom, boom, boom...
- Vladimir Kramnik, Chess World Champion
- Ok so I'm stretching the meaning of "Sport" a bit, but he
is a world champion. Interviewed on TalkSport in July 2001,
before a match against a computer opponent at Stamford Bridge,
he was asked if he liked football. He said "yes",
and that he followed the English Premier League. Asked if he was a Chelsea
supporter he replied "No, I quite like Arsenal".
- Henry Cooper
- ...apparently, we thought he was a Hammers fan. But we've got
confirmation that his daughter at least is a Gooner. Alan Tipping informs us that the Italian Cafe she owns & runs in Euston contains Arsenal memorabilia
(in amongst the 'Enry stuff). And Henry has been seen at Highbury on a number of occasions.
- Ferenc Puskas
- "I well remember as a boy growing up in Hungary that there
was only one club for me - Arsenal"
- Alf Inge Haaland
- (Norway & Leeds, Man City, Forest).
[in 1996-97 Haaland scored 2 late goals to beat us at the City Ground, then
tried to make amends by conceding a bizarre penalty in return fixture]
- Frankie Dettori
- When asked about how he felt after his record-breaking
7 winners in one day, Frankie could only say how pleased he was
with Arsenal's victory that day!
- Harry Redknapp
- Despite more recent allegiances, Harry was Arsenal as a kid. In Sky's build-up
to the 2001 cup final, shorlty after he'd been sacked by West Ham, Redknapp said he
always used to go to the North Bank with his father, and he loves AFC. Makes sense,
we've heard that his son harboured an ambition to play for the Gunners.
- Jan Molby
- "Arsenal were, and still are, my team. I am an Arsenal fan and have
been since I was a child in Denmark.... I loved Liam Brady... he was a genius."
(Total Football magazine June 1999)
- Henrik Larsen
- No, not that Henrik Larssen! This one played with Johnny Jensen
in the 1992 European Championship winning Denmark side.
- Damon Hill
- Formula One driver (was his dad a Gooner too?)
- Tony McCoy
- Champion Jump Jockey. On Alex Fersuson, "you know you are in
trouble when you see him coming to cheer you up. I just told him
Arsenal were definitely going to beat Manchester United in
their next meeting and he went off in a huff". From Observer Sport,
- Daley Thompson
- Decathlon legend, plays in AFC charity celebs team
- Arsenal's Nigerian striker revealed that he had an Arsenal top
as a kid.
- Michael Watson
- Justin Edinburgh
- (it must be hard to be so hated by other Gooners. Presumably
Justin thought he was doing us a favour getting sent off in the 1997-98
Highbury derby. Shame it didn't turn out that way).
- Rod Laver
- One of the greatest tennis players ever
- Greg Rusedski
- (Canadian-English Tennis star)
- Kelly Holmes.
- Olympic heroine
- Darren Ferguson
- (yes, Alex's son).
- Mark Ramprakash
- Plays for the Arsenal ex-pro and celebrity team.
- Stuart Barnes
- England Rugby player
- Johnny Herbert
- Formula One driver
- Mark Blundell
- Formula One driver
- Martin Offiah
- Rugby League star, working for MUTV!? hmmmmm.....
- Kit Symons
- one-time attrctive transfer target
- Warren Barton
- (Thanks for waiting mate!)
- Jimmy Carter
- Ex-Arsenal winger, not US president. Credit him with something....
- Lee Hodges
- (Barnet forward)
- Stuart Nethercott
- (Yes, Tottenham's answer to Gus Caesar)
- Andy Impey
- (Why did he score against us twice then!)
- Roland Butcher
- of Middlesex.
- Frank Warren
- Boxing promoter
- Karren Brady
- MD at Birmingham.
- Gary Mason
- Jim McDonnell
- Suzanne Dando
- Olympian turned TV presenter
- Trish Johnson
- Lady Pro Golfer. Has a habit of getting in trouble with the LPGA for wearing
Arsenal leisure-wear ("inappropriate clothing") while playing!
- Jamie Spence
- (PGA golfer)
- Vinny Pazienza
- Jim Staples
- Irish RU full-back
- Neil Tovey
- (captain of African Nations Cup winning SA soccer team)
- Phil Tufnell
- (Middx and England spinner, the Gazza of cricket world!)
- Danny Granville
- (footballer: Chelsea, Man City)
- Tony Kay
- (ex-Everton ?)
- Matthew Fleming
- (Kent cricketer)
- Tony Kees
- Head Coach, Arsenal SC, Elk Grove Village, Il.
- Giuliano Grazioli
- striker with Stevenage Borough (scorer in their
famous draw with Newcastle), Swindon.
- Nigel Payne
- part owner Earth Summit (1998 Grand National winner)
- Jason Euell, and Carl Cort
- see newsreel, both at st that time.
- Chris Armstrong
- Tottenham "striker"
- Jovo Bosancic
- Francois Pienaar
- SA Rugby Union star, captain of World Cup winning 1995 team.
From The Independent 10/05/2000:
"It is typical of Pienaar that he has thrown himself, lock, stock and
two smoking barrels, into the English game. And, beyond, into the
English way of life. He has become, for example, a committed Arsenal fan."
- Gifton Noel Williams
- Watford striker, outed himself on Soccer AM in October 2002.
- Thomas Castaniede (sp?)
- French Rugby star. Revealed Goonerdom in interview on Sky Sports.
- Alfie Burden
- snooker player. Was on Arsenal's books as a kid but had to
switch sports after a broken leg. Was interviewed for the BBC at Highbury,
and wearing an Arsenal top. I figure he wouldn't do that if he wasn't a fan.
- Danny Cadamarteri
- From soccernet's report on Everton 2 Arsenal 0, 18/11/00...
"Cadamarteri attempted to switch the spotlight away from
Arsenal's failings by saying: 'I don't think it was a case of
them taking it lightly as much as us working really hard and
putting them under pressure from the outset. That seemed
to unsettle them. After supporting Arsenal as a boy, it was
always going to be a big game for me.'"
- Tim Henman
- Yes, we know he's an Oxford fan. But he's said in interviews that
he also follows Arsenal.
- Kevin Phillips
- Sunderland striker.
- John Regis
- Olympic sprinter. Cousin of Cyrille, John once played for Arsenal reserves.
- Chris Okoh
- Cruiserweight boxer, commonwealth champ
- Danny Williams
- Heavyweight boxer
- Adrian Dodson
- Super Welterweight boxer
- Iranian born boxer from Margate. Light middleweight champ.
- Mickey Stewart
- England cricket selector etc, father of inexplicably
- Kevin Campbell
- Former Arsenal striker. Speaking before the Arsenal-Everton match of
21/04/01: "I am still very much an Arsenal
fan. I enjoy playing for Everton although I still get letters
from Arsenal fans wishing me luck, except for this weekend.
The staff at Arsenal and the people I played alongside helped
me become the player I am and I will also never forget the fans.
Arsenal Football Club is an institution and they are always
setting the highest of standards."
- Phillippe St Andre
- French Rugby Star (& Gloucester coach). A big fan
of Arsene Wenger.
- Tim Sherwood
- Formerly violent, over-rated Blackburn footballer. Achieved the impossible -
making Arsenal fans hate him ever more - by moving to Tottenham.
Timmy's been up & down between the gooners list and the non-gooners list
like a yo-yo.
At first he was here as a gooner,
not sure why. Then we were delighted he decided to remove
himself from it in an interview in the Sunday Times of April 8th 2001
(semi-final day!). "Everyone wants
to play in matches like this, and I'm no exception. I've always been
a Tottenham man, and I'm from north London originally, so I've got a lot
of mates who are Arsenal or Tottenham fans, and I know how much this
means to everybody.". He goes on to say, "For us, it's the only thing".
He repeated his claim to be a Tottenham fan in a Soccer AM interview.
But now he's been outed by an old friend (Lee from Harrow), who grew up
with Sherwood in Watford. Lee says,
"He's a massive gooner!! big time! and he was
always on the terraces during the Thomas, Rocky, era in the late 80's....
And he had an Arsenal polo shirt on when I saw him at his family barbecue 4
or 5 years ago in Bushey, Herts, during his Blackburn years."
Apparently Tim is actually a really nice guy (off the pitch) and his
family are all Gooners too. We'd apologise for having treated him so
harshly over the years but really, when an Arsenal fan pretends to be Tottenham,
surely they deserve all they get. Come out of the closet Tim, and we'll
take it all back.
- Mike McFarlane OBE
- Sprinter, Commonwealth games 1982 200m goal medal sharer
- Filippo Inzaghi
- Told Shovel he's an Arsenal fan in interview on BBC Choice.
- Stephen Kabba
- Young Crystal Palace striker. Said he's a gooner in South London Press.
- Bjarte Engen Vik, Nordic skier
- Helge Olsen writes...
"twice olympic champion, five times world champion in Nordic
Combined (last time in 2001), now retired, is a devoted Arsenal-supporter. As he
tells it in an
interview with VG
: "I got an Arsenal-kit when I was five. (...) If I had to choose
between being a professional footballer for Arsenal or a Combined-skier, I would
choose The Gunners."
- Hakan Sukur
- Turkish striker. Laura Nadir informs us that Sukur dresses his
little girl in Arsenal strip when he can catch a game on telly
- Ian Poulter
- Professional golfer from the UK. Has the Arsenal crest (the old one!)
imprinted on the outside of his golf shoes, together with his nickname ('Poultie').
- Willie Ryan
- Jockey. Wears Arsenal cannon on his silks.
- David Felgate
- Tennis coach (eg Henman qv) and ex Davis Cup player. Revealed Goonerdom in breakfast TV interview during Wimbledon.
- Keith Brewer
- Professional 8-ball pool player, the most successful of all time.
- George Carey
- (The Archbishop of Canterbury).
- Jonathan Sacks
- The Chief Rabbi
- John Gotti
- Head of the Gambinos (NY family). Receives the Arsenal
magazine every month.
- Ronnie Biggs
- Great Train Robber
- Mad Frankie Fraser
- not completely mad, then
- Reg Dudley
- alleged "Torso murderer"
- Dave Courtney
- Former London gangster, said to be the man that Vinnie Jones's
Guy Ritchie film characters were based on. Author of best-selling autobiography
"Stop the ride, I want to get off", mentions his Goonerdom in new book
"Raving Lunacy". See also
And Flash official site.
- Charlie Kray
- ....according to ex Arsenal DJ Jay Hall, who met him there.
- Roger Levitt
- Owner/chairman of the Levitt Group. Notorious fraudster, see eg
this Frank Maloney page.
- Robert Maxwell
- I'm sure I remember reading (with some horror as I was living in
Oxford at the time and thus all too aware of what it'd mean) that Maxwell's
football ambition was always to get control of the club he supported: Arsenal.
Not sure that one could really consider him to have supported anything or
anyone. But hey, this is the scoundrels section.
- Osama Bin Laden
- See Newsreel revelation
- Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
- a big fan of Denis Compton. Yes, really. Read our proof
- King Olav V of Norway
- sadly departed, devoted fan.
- Prince Harry
- (a regular in the East Stand).
- Michael Portillo
- At least, he was a gooner when MP of Enfield Southgate. It's not
inconceivable that he's "done a Hoey" and switched clubs since moving
to his new constituency of Kensington & Chelsea.
- Edward Heath
- A bit confusing, this one. He was in the celebs list for
long-forgotten reasons, until we came across this story in which he denies
having heard of Arsène Wenger!
But in The Mirror of Thursday 15th July 1999 they say "Former PM Edward
Heath told the Mirror, 'as a lifelong Arsenal supporter, I feel that top
teams must all play their part in a competition as important as the FA Cup'"
It's all very confusing, but he's back in the list even if he doesn't
know who our manager is!
- Fidel Castro
- We've had Castro on the list since it started, but how he came to be on the
list had got lost and I was starting to wonder if I'd made it up all those years ago.
Then Ed Hall emailed to say that Castro's Goonerdon was revealed during the
94/95 Cup-winners Cup campaign:
"At the time of the away leg against Auxerre, Fidel was
touring that part of France, and declared that if it wasn't for the inherent security risks
involved, he would have given anything to watch in the flesh the team that he had followed
passionately since the double season of 1970/1!! "
- Aleksander Kwasniewski
- (president of Poland, became a fan when working in London in 1974)
- Brian Mawhinney
- Former Tory Party chairman
- Kate Hoey
- debatable this one, tries to stitch Venables and Man Utd all
the time though!
She claims to be a Gooner so we've left her here, but purists
will want to read this newsreel item where we outed her as a bandwagon-jumper.
- Chris Smith
- Labour MP for Islington & Finsbury (Sec. of State, Dept of National Heritage).
- Stephen Twigg
- Labour MP for Enfield Southgate (the one who beat Portillo :-) We were at college together and I was once accused of rigging an election in his favour!
- Councillor Steve Hitchins
- Islington council leader, godson of Alex James (SH's father
used to play golf with the Arsenal legend).
- Councillor Joe Trotter
- Mayor of Islington.
- Councillor Rupert Perry
- Former Mayor of Islington, season-ticket holder.
- Iain Coleman
- Labour MP for Fulham (was criticised by former assistant Dominic
McElroy for putting Arsenal matches before his work)
- Chou En-Lai (Zhou Enlai)
- Chinese leader When he died in 1976 at the age of 78, the Mirror headline read "Arsenal lose a supporter". In the article on his
life they reported that he had spent some years in London between the wars
and used to follow Arsenal. (thanks to Dominic for the tip-off)
- Jeremy Corbyn
- MP for Islington, North. Both a Labour MP and a Socialist.
- Olof Palme
- Former Swedish prime minister. Assasinated in 1986.
- John Greenaway MP
- Shadow (Tory) Sports Minister. Allegiance confirmed when
seen complaining about 2001 FA Cup semi final venue on telly
- Chris Patten
- Former Tory MP and Hong Kong Guvnor. Heard on Radio saying
"I'll die an Arsenal fan".
- John Bercow
- Shadow Home Office minister, "rising star" of Tory party.
- Professor the Lord Robert Winston
- pioneer of IVF treatment and other microsurgical
- Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge
- Chairman of BA etc.
- Tim Angel
- of "Angels & Bermans" costumiers. Chairman of BAFTA.
- Karen Millen
- Fashion designer
- Erling Kagge
- Norwegian explorer, the first to make a
solo and unsupported expedition to the South Pole.
Thanks for info and link to Per Arne Flø,
Vice-chairman of Arsenal Football Supporters Club
- Scandinavian Branch
- Nick Scheele
- CEO of Ford Motors. Lives in Detroit but born in Essex.
The following have all been rumoured to be Arsenal fans but we haven't
been able to find sufficient actual evidence to put them in the list.
Please let us know if you can confirm or refute their Goonerhood.
- Chloe Sevigny
- Actress (Kids, American Psycho).
Pictured in Time Out (May 2001) wearing an Arsenal scarf.
Hers or the photographer's?
- Someone from the Shamen
- The Shamen were at Highbury on 28th September 1992
(Arsenal 1 Man City 0, Ian Wright). It was a Monday night game,
possibly our first on Sky, and certainly an early one when
they were still trying to Americanise things with cheerleaders etc.
The band played Ebeneezer Goode (number 1 at the time) at halftime,
on a temporary stage in the centre circle, and were completely drowned
out by booing and a rendition of "Who the f**king hell are you?" from
the stands. Seems the gooners had heard that "Mr C" (lead singer) was a
Tottenham fan. The Shamen did a strop and stormed off, possibly without
finishing the song (but who could tell? no-one could hear it). Their
career went downhill from that moment.
We've been told that at least one of them is actually a Gooner.
Can anyone confirm? (so that we can apologise to him).
- All Saints
- The famous supporters page (see link below) claims that Melanie Blatt
and both Appleton sisters are Arsenal fans. Can anyone confirm or deny
this (with evidence)? We've had confirmation for Nicole but not the
others. See "Not gooners" below for Shaznay Lewis.
- Dani Behr
- Also claimed by the Famous Football Supporters page. Seems unlikely,
given her alleged predeliction for Man Utd and Tottenham players...
Can anyone confirm or deny?
- Nigel Benn, Mel Smith, Emma Noble, Benny Andersson
- More from the FFS list. Once again, if you can confirm or deny any of these (preferably with evidence) please get in touch.
- Michael Mansfield
- QC. Spotted in the North Bank Stand a few times.
- Delroy Lindo
- Hollywood actor born in Eltham. Seen at a game.
- Gwyneth Paltrow
- Has said that she learnt some Arsenal chants to tease (Chelsea fan)
Ralph Fiennes with during the filming of "Shakespeare in Love". Now
she wants someone to take here to a match and we predict as soon
as they do, she'll be a fan. See also this F365 gag
- Norman Lovett
- Holly mkI from Red Dwarf. Uttered the immortal lines
"steaming pile of Hotspur" in his favourite episode "Queeg" (yes, we
know he didn't write it, but there was something about the way he
- One of the members of Canadian hip-hoppers "Len"
- wears an Arsenal away shirt
for most of the video of "Cryptik Souls Crew", their follow-up to "Steal
My Sunshine" (the snowboarding bits)
- Not sure whether she's ever described herself as an Arsenal fan.
She's certainly a Tony Adams fan (see also Joe Strummer, below)
- Actors Kenneth Cranham, Lee Whitlock
- Been seen at Highbury, are they gooners?
- Chesney Hawkes
- ArseWeb reader Glenn saw him sat next to Roger Daltrey (qv)
at the 1993 FA Cup final. Could be he's a gooner himself, or could be he
was just hanging out with a fellow rock legend (ahem) and acting colleague.
- Wyclef Jean
- From the Fugees. John Champman thinks he remembers Wyclef "warbling on about
being a Gooner on T.V
(can't even remember the programme) around about the time we won the Double."
- (Including his various alias' if you feel that way inclined). Recently relegated from the "confirmed" section. Theologically minded gooners may wish to address the question of how an Arsenal-supporting deity could have allowed November 2000 to happen.
- Dave Gilmour, Pink Floyd
- According to the man himself (see this webchat), he's very much a
fair weather football fan. But he does say he has a soft spot for Arsenal, and
had a season ticket for "quite a few years" around the time we won the double
(which double!?). He's included int he "maybe" section because,
as far as we know, he could be following anyone these days. Liverpool
probably, they won a few things last year.
- Chris Ryan
- SAS soldier turned author. Stuart Napper writes, "I've read 3 books of
his and in each one an Arsenal win is mentioned and how he was pleased
about it. Tentative I know but would he put us in every time if he wasn't?".
It was good enough for me, Stuart.
Not good enough for another reader though, who says a) Ryan is a Geordie and
b) he has read all the books and none of them contains anything to support
Gooner hypothesis. Anyone else care to add anything?
- Chris Evans
- Ginger DJ. Jacqui Adams reckons he might be a Gooner because
he played for the Celebrity and ex-Professional XI, and used to go on
about Arsenal on the Big Breakfast (apparently). I have a feeling he
supports some northern club, if anyone, but probably just said whatever
got him noticed and encouraged people like Gazza to invite him
to their parties. Can anyone shed any light?
- Jimmy Young and Pete Murray
- Another couple whose potential goonerdom is evidenced mainly by
their having been seen at the ground. In the company of Cardew Robinson
(qv), as it happens. It was in the early 70s (writes Peter Kay),
and they were both wearing Arsenal scarves and rosettes.
- Sick Of It All
- New York Hardcore/Punk band. Seen in concert in LA by Mo, on FA Cup final
day 2002. They told the crowd they were glad Arsenal won and told the
crowd to shout "Man Utd are motherf**kers", which they did. Only in "Maybe"
section so far because we only actually know that they hate Man Utd.
- Ryan Adams
- Pop star. In the January 2003 issue of Q magazine he said,
"I'd like someone to take me to an Arsenal game. Apparantly I'm supposed to
like them, although I liked Manchester City, Oasis's team. I need to figure
out who my team is." So if anyone knows if Ryan is a Gooner or not,
please let us know, and let him know too! (thanks to Paul for spotting
and sending the quote)
The following have all been rumoured to be Arsenal fans but according
to our information, they are not.
- Ashley Cole
- Former Arsenal and England left-back. Was a gooner as
a youngster and that's why we loved him so. Then he sold
out, proved himself more an Ashley Cole fan than an Arsenal fan,
and went to the cash mountain that is Abramovich's Chelsea.
There's a thin line....
- Stanley Kubrick
- One of the great directors: Spartacus, Clockwork Orange, Dr Strangelove, etc, etc. Can't remember where we heard that he was a Gooner, but apparently it
was a well-known myth about the man which must have got sent to us
when he died. Brian Aldiss, who had been a friend, describes
Kubrick's being a football fan and having "a particular affection for Arsenal"
as a "myth", one of many "speculations about his work and also his
passions". (See this obituary)
And Arseweb reader Antony Adler confirms, having talked to
Kubrick's daughter Katerina about it. She emailed Antony saying,
"I do remember him liking the team that George Best played for---er,
Manchester United was it? He was a big G. Best fan . But I don't think that
he "supported" any team in particular. I think he watched a game on it's own
merits, some are good entertainment and exciting and full of tension and
some games are boring, and some teams have interesting players. K ".
So, the "myth" that he was a football fan was no myth, but it does appear that
the Arsenal connection was probably just some hopeful Gooner's fantasy.
- Simon Gallup
- Bass player with The Cure. Moved from the Gooners list to the "maybe" section because we were
a bit confused by
his web page (click on his name). He definitely was an Arsenal fan,
but now the page says he follows Reading, and says "Simon used to love
Arsenal - but something happened...". There were pictures of 10
Arsenal players though. Was it a joke?
So, Inge Tesdal posted a question about it in an online Cure forum
in Dec 2002,
and got the following revealing replies...
"He's now supporting Reading because he lives there now!
And he's also disgusted by the money which is leading football into a wrong
way. That's what he told me last July."
"I met a couple of girls from Chicago after the Hyde Park show last summer
and they had gotten to hang out with the band at the show and one of them
was wearing an Arsenal shirt and Simon made her pin it to hide the Arsenal
As Inge says, it seems that sadly Simon is a Gooner no longer.
Burning of Cure records is at individual Gooner's discretion ;-)
- Daniel Levy
- ENIC chairman (Tottenham owners) rumoured to be a Gooner because he is
be an Arsenal ST holder. But no, he's a Spurs fan who has season tickets
at Arsenal because his son is an Arsenal fan.
- Joe Cole
- Comes from Islington and was once described as an Arsenal fan by
Jimmy Neighbour of the West Ham backroom staff. But actually
- Stephen Carr of Tottenham
- Previously on the gooners list above because Trish McGarry, a neighbour from Dublin,
wrote... "before playing for Tottenham he used to parade around very
proudly in an Arsenal jersey". Carr himself has claimed (on Norwegian
telly!) to have been a Man Utd fan.
According to another correspondent Jimbo, this is in fact the truth.
The probable reason for Carr showing off an Arsenal top is that he was
in fact on Arsenal's books for a while before crossing to the dark
- Joe Strummer
- legendary Clash frontman, recorded a song with Tony Adams (see newsreel)
However it turns out that despite this he's no Gooner. From October 1999
edition of Q magazine: "I realised that I was a phoney. I realised that
I didn't care about anything in the whole universe except for the fact:
that Tony Adams should be captain for the England football team. I am a
Chelsea fan, have been since about 1971 or so. But when I look at him
there's something great about the man. When you're watching a team on the
field they also represent your culture, your tribe. Also, not a lot of
people know this: he plays the piano. A lot better than me for instance,
although that wouldn't make much. What I am saying is that he's remarkable
and shouldn't be taken for granted." Well said that man.
Nick Hornby writes to point out that on Strummer's forthcoming album
there's a track titled Shaktar Donetsk. "What's going on?".
- Shaznay T Lewis
- of All Saints used to play for Arsenal Ladies, but
contrary to previous reports she is a Tottenham supporter. See this article,
where she "confesses sheepishly", and also admits that she knows nothing about
football, never practiced, and played in only 3 matches.
- Dave Gahan
- (see music section above). Supports Chelsea (as does fellow band member
- Brian Moore
- Oft-rumoured to be
an Arsenal fan, perhaps because of his enthusiasm when commentating
on our matches (eg Anfield 89). He actually supported (and was a
director of) Gillingham. RIP Sept 2001.
- Martin Tyler
- Claims to be a Woking supporter despite having co-wrote a
well-known book about Arsenal. Ok so that's no evidence, so how
about his turning up to commentate on Chelsea vs Arsenal wearing
an Arsenal tie? Still, he says he supports Woking....
- Dennis Waterman
- ...actually Chelsea
- Bob Mills
- Comedian. Actually an Orient fan, but has married into a family
of mad Gooners.
- Prince William
- Alleged to be a Gooner after being seen at Highbury, but must
just have been accompanying his brother (see above).
Actually Wills supports Villa (but he's not saying why).
- Marina Sirtis
- That Deanna Troi psychic type off Star Trek. Yep, she's from
North London. She's a Tottenham fan and is included here because people
could get confused by the fact that she used to be an Arsenal fan till
corrupted by an early boyfriend. Allegedly.
- Chris Perry of Tottenham, ex Wimbledon
- We were told he's a gooner but apparently he's a lifelong Dons fans
- Ally Begg
- of Bad Boys Inc.(!) Not sure where the allegation of his goonerness came
from but it seems to have been a mistake. He has said he's an Aberdeen fan,
and if he was Arsenal would he do all that stuff on MUTV?
- Steve McFadden
- He's been seen at Highbury a few times but, unusually for an EastEnders
actor (see above), McFadden's not a Gooner. The man
who plays Phil Mitchell is in fact a Man Utd fan. But his living in
Highbury has not been a complete waste of time... his son
Matthew is an Arsenal fan.
- Eric Thorstvedt !!!!
- Used to pick the ball out of the net for Tottenham.
He was a Gooner but...
- Lennox Lewis
- Was in above list after we were told he was an East Stand regular,
actually he's a lifeling Irons fan, see this page from The Guardian.
- (Splodgenessabounds). Can't remember who told us he was a Gooner or why, but apparently
he's a Charlton fan.
- Paul Cook
- drummer from Sex Pistols. Again, can't remember why he was in the Gooners list, but
this interview makes
it clear he's Chelsea.
Q - What do you think of Gianluca Vialli signing to Chelsea?
A - I think it's great. It seems we're going to have every player on the
Chelsea team, their name will end with "O" or "I" so it is going to be great.
Vialli Gianluca is a great name. I know. And we've signed another Italian called
Roberto DiMatteo for six million pounds as well.
Q - Almost as much as The Sex Pistols are getting on this Filthy Lucre tour!
A - Much more. Much more. We couldn't even afford to buy him if we put all our
Also in this interview, Steve Jones mentions Cook and Chelsea. So I think that's
pretty definitive. Let 'em have him, John Lydon is the Pistol we wanted!
- Mick Mahoney
- Playwright. Don't remember why he was in our Gooners list but it
was clearly a mistake. A reader writes, "He's a Millwall
fan. I grew up with him in Kentish Town we were all gooners but Mick would
be down the Den on a saturday. He was
actually a VERY naughty boy in his youth and his writing has drawn on
many of those experiences. He may well be seen
at Highbury from time to time as he's well connected in area but I'm sure
he's still a lion at heart."
If you liked this page, you'll probably enjoy browsing the
Arsenal at the movies page too.
Many thanks to the many people who've contributed names and info
for this list, but especially to Jason Hall, ex Arsenal DJ, for loads
See also Famous Football Supporters page. They don't display their evidence
or link as thoroughly as
our list does, and their Arsenal list is woefully short. But
if you're looking for other people/other clubs it's the place to go.
Thomas Andersson used this page as source material for his
Arsenalsupportrar celebrity Gooners list (in Swedish) on a Swedish Arsenal website.