Ooh to be a Gooner, Pt. 1

The Bay Area Gooners is a really fun, diverse, good group of people and I’m proud of the community we’ve built. This space will periodically introduce you to Arsenal supporters, you’re rubbing shoulders with at Maggie’s, but maybe haven’t met.

Brian (left)

When Brian O’Boyle was 10 years old, he visited an uncle in England who lived right near Highbury. He’s been a Gooner ever since. Most of his Irish cousins favored Liverpool, which only made Brian more defiant, There was no way I was supporting them.

Brian was born and raised in San Francisco and lives in the Sunset. He is a wireman with Local 6, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and an avid fisherman.

One afternoon, he was having a beer with the late, legendary, Maggie’s bartender, Patrick Dunphy, in West Portal. Patrick suggested he stop by the pub for a match viewing, and he’s been coming ever since.

Patrick Viera is his all-time favorite Arsenal player, while his current fav is Gabriel Martinelli, and Brian is fully on board with the Arteta-led renaissance. He’s seen Arsenal play at Highbury but has yet to make it to the Emirates.

Brian (second from left)

Brian enjoys the great crowd at the pub, and says, Always good to meet new Gooners. If you see Brian on matchday at Maggie’s, say hello!

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