Arsenal Fans Celebrate St. Totteringham's Day

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Arsenal Fans Celebrate St. Totteringham's Day
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It took a bit longer than last year, but today, Apr. 11 is St. Totteringham's Day 2009. Last year it was the Mar. 9 , a Premier League record.


So may I congratulate the Arsenal squad, manager and fans worldwide. May the celebrations of St. Totteringham's Day continue unabated year in, year out.


For those of you who are wondering what I am blathering on about, I quote:


"An irregular (usually annual) holiday, often celebrated in March or April, observed by Arsenal fans when it is mathematically no longer possible for Tottenham Hotspur to finish above them in the Premiership table."


So whatever the result tomorrow, Tottenham is going to be at least 20 points behind Arsenal, with only six matches and therefore only eighteen points available.


This holiday has been celebrated for eight years now, with the first celebration taking place on Mar. 18, 2002, when the Spurs were beaten by 1-0 at home against Charlton.


Most years it is celebrated in March or April, but some years it goes to the wire.


In 2006, it was celebrated on the last day of the season with Tottenham coming very close to not only finishing ahead of Arsenal, but also taking the champions league spot for the next year.


So while it is almost a given certainty Arsenal fans all over the world will get to celebrate this marvellous day, we must give thanks it has come around relatively early this season.


Once again, a very, very happy St. Totteringham's day to all of you. And many happy Returns.


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