California Gooners Über Alles

As the country’s most populous state, you’d expect to find a few Gooners here and there.

But in the past decade, there’s been an explosion of Arsenal supporters groups throughout our great state.  We’ve listed the ones we know about.

If we’ve missed any, let us know in the Comments section.

Bay Area Gooners
bayareagooners.com
Home Pub:
Maggie McGarry’s
1353 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133

Fresno Gooners
Facebook.com/fresnogooners
Home Pub:
‪Peeve’s Public House
1243 Fulton Mall
Fresno, CA 93721

Inland Empire Gooners
Facebook/InlandEmpire.Gooners

Los Angeles Gooners
LAGooners.com
Home Pub:
The Fox And Hounds
11100 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604

North County Gooners (San Diego)
Facebook/NCountyGooners
Home Pub:
The Stage & Lion Pub and Grille
850 Tamarack Avenue
Carlsbad, California 92008

Orange County Gooners
OCGooners.com
Home Pub:
The Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant
1120 W 17th St, Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 550-6700

Sacramento Gooners
Facebook/Sacramento-Gooners
Home Pub:
de Vere’s Irish Pub
1521 L Street
Sacramento, California 95818

San Diego Gooners
Facebook/SDGooners
Home Pub:
Bluefoot Bar & Lounge
3404 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104

Santa Barbara Gooners
Facebook/SBGooners
Home Pub:
The Press Room
15 E Ortega St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

 

On the road again

Peter Anderson AKA the Gooner On The Road joined the Bay Area Gooners for the Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal match on Wednesday at Maggie McGarry’s.

Peter is crisscrossing the globe in his quest to meet as many Gooners as possible and raise money for the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, in honor of his mother who passed away in February.

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His journey is made possible in part by generous Gooners around the world who’ve offered Peter accommodations at each of his stops.

San Francisco was no different as two of our members, Blake Kraft and Peter Sanchez. not only opened their home to Peter, but acted as his personal tour guides around our fair city.

1412425_3606474655994_1803812177_oThere was a good crowd at Maggie’s for the match, a little surprising because mid-week matches are tough for most working folk.

They were rewarded with a historic win as Arsenal became to the first English side to win at Dortmund’s ground (much in the way they did some years back against AC Milan at San SIro).

As previously reported, we held a charity raffle during halftime.  One of our Gooners, Royce Chang won an Mesut Özil away kit, and we raised $300 for Peter’s fundraising efforts. Peter was also given a BAG t-shirt and a certificate proclaiming him an honorary Bay Area Gooner.

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Peter is next headed to the burgeoning Fresno Gooners who are gifting him with a complimentary tattoo. and then it is on to the LA Gooners.

We wish Peter safe travels and much success with his fundraising efforts.  Please follow his exploits here and if you can offer him a couch to sleep on along the way or donate to his cause, please don’t hesitate to do so.

Move over Kerouac! It’s the Gooner On The Road!

As most Gooners are aware, ours is massive global community. Cumnavigate the globe and anywhere you go, you’ll meet football fans intelligent, sophisticated, and discriminating enough to support the Arsenal.

One such Gooner has decided to do just that. Peter Anderson is the Gooner On The Road. Peter says, he is attempting to couch-surf his way around the world by relying on the goodwill of fellow Gooners…to test the unity of the global Arsenal collective.ontheroad

Peter’s trip is not an entirely fun, frivolous undertaking. He hopes to raise £10,000 for the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, in memory of his mother, who succumbed to the disease last February.

The Bay Area Gooners will host Peter on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 for the second leg of Arsenal’s Champions League matchup against Borussia Dortmund.

Beginning this Saturday at our match-viewing for Crystal Palace v Arsenal, we will be offering Gooners (via a raffle) a chance to win a 2013/2014 Mesut Özil short sleeve kit (home or away – winner’s choice). ozilshirt

Raffle tickets will be available from Mark at the pub during all matches up until half-time at the November 6th Dortmund match.

During half-time, Peter will select the winning ticket himself.  Tickets are $5 each, 3 for $10.  You do not have to be present for the drawing to win.

All profits from the raffle will go towards the Gooner On The Road‘s fundraising efforts for the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.

If you can’t get to the pub to buy a ticket or you simply want to contribute to Peter’s fundraising efforts without entering the raffle, you can donate via PayPal.

Gooner On The Road - London Street SignYou can follow all Peter’s exploits on his Gooner On The Road blog, where he writes about the various Gooners he’s met on his trip.

We wish Peter best of luck on his journey and look forward to meeting him in November!