My good friend Derek Almond took me to the Emirates Stadium to do a celebrity guided tour in 2014.
How I met Charlie George.
I knew that we were going to be shown around the stadium by the legendary Arsenal player Charlie George, but didn't realise that I would literally spend some time with just him & Derek on the side of the https://www.arsenal.com/Arsenal pitch at the Emirates Stadium.
I had a great day on my Emirates Stadium Tour & saw all the stadium being shown around in a small group by Charlie George the ex-Arsenal player. Whilst we were in the director's box at the Emirates Stadium all the people on the tour were asking Charlie if they could have their photo taken with him & he was happy to pose for photos with everyone. He must have noticed that I was walking with a stick & he came over to me & asked if I was OK & if I wanted a photo with him. I said I was fine & that I would like a photo taken with him but I wanted it taken pitchside. He told me that was no problem & as we continued our tour & people walked down towards the players training facilities & dressing room he took me down in a lift so I wouldn't have to walk.
We all looked around the stadium's training facilities & dressing room before making our way up the players' tunnels into the dugout area & seating around it. After Charlie had told us about the dugout & how that Manage Arsene Wenger insisted on having seat number 13, which is a lucky number in most countries around the world, people started to leave & head towards the exits. I hang back hoping to get my photo taken with Charlie but as he walked towards me there was a security alert in the stadium as an unattended bag had been found near the dugouts & the stadium was being evacuated. I was a bit upset not to get my photo with Charlie but as security started to lead us out, Charlie stopped me & told the security guard he would show us out. He then took me & my friend, Derek, back towards the pitch blaming the alert on a tourist who had probably left their shopping somewhere.
He then happily posed for photos with both myself & my friend Derek, having a chat with us before security came back & gave us the all-clear, it had been someone's shopping bag. Charlie George was always a great footballer & one of my heroes, but he proved what a gentleman he was that day by helping me when he saw I had trouble getting around & what a great man he was by staying behind for photos & having a chat whilst the stadium was being evacuated.
Thanks very much, Charlie, you are a true Arsenal Legend.