The day Lee Dixon took the tube to Highbury
So when was the last time you saw a major Premier League footballer on public transport? It's probably as rare a sighting as Elvis in your local Tesco.
But if you happened to be on the Piccadilly Line travelling to Arsenal station for Lee Dixon's testimonial game against Real Madrid on 8 November 1999 and the bloke in a smart suit sitting opposite you looked vaguely familiar... well that's because it was in fact - Lee Dixon.
This surprising revelation came as the former Gunners and England right-back and I were took a nostalgic walk from Highbury to the Emirates as part of 5 live Sport's birthday tribute to his old boss - Arsene Wenger at 60.
Waiting for the bus on my way to meet Lee, I was asking myself how many footballers were sufficiently in touch with their roots to get out of their Mercs and Range Rovers and travel the way the fans do. Did any of them know what an Oyster Card was? Or did they think it was something you used to buy a new Rolex?
As Lee and I strolled past Arsenal tube station, I asked him that question. And it turns out that on the day of the game 10 years ago, he and the chairman of his testimonial committee decided that the traffic in North London was likely to be horrendous - so Dixon suggested taking the public transport route.
"He went: 'Are you mad?'. I said: 'No, it'll be a right laugh'. So we took the tube to my own game, then walked up Avenell Road with all the fans. It was amazing," he told me.
"A lot of them on the tube were saying: 'No, that can't be him - why would he be on a train going to his own game? It doesn't make sense.' So I got left alone on the tube, but as soon as we got out onto the streets....well, I got there a bit late, but I didn't miss the kick off!"
It's not often you get the chance to indulge in unashamed nostalgia with a man who won four league titles (and of course two doubles) for your favourite club.
Lee Dixon enjoyed plenty of success as part of Wenger's first Arsenal team
Lee hadn't been back to Highbury since wrecking balls replaced footballs in the summer of 2006, and Arsenal moved just over the railway line to the Emirates. He thought it would upset him too much.
But walk down Avenell Road, and it's as if nothing has changed. Add the scent of frying onions and horse manure, and it would feel like a match day. The old shell of the East Stand is still in place, even down to the art deco lettering to either side of the old main entrance. And up the steps and through the main doors, the famed marble halls, with the bust of Herbert Chapman proudly on its plinth to greet all visitors, are beautifully preserved.
Herbert Chapman was the man who made Arsenal great in the 20th century. He built a side which brought trophies to Highbury, including two league titles in 1931 and 1933, but he also rebuilt the club, developing the stadium with the construction of the East and West Stands, introducing floodlights for the first time, even taking control of details like the design of the turnstiles and scoreboard.
He was a tactical innovator, he was big on fitness and diet, advocating the use of physiotherapists and masseurs, and he was one of the first managers to try to buy foreign players.
Sound familiar? It's surely no coincidence that Wenger drums into all new players the importance of respecting the past, even as he takes the club to even greater levels in the 21st century.
Dixon would be first to admit that he was probably at the wrong end of his career but when Wenger promised him that with the right diet and fitness regime he could play on into his late 30s, he jumped at the chance.
With the Famous Four at the back, Patrick Viera and Emmanuel Petit joining Dennis Bergkamp in the foreign legion, along with Marc Overmars and Nicholas Anelka, Wenger brought the double to Highbury in 1998 - his first full season in charge.
When I spoke to Emmanuel Petit on the phone from Paris, he told me his move to Arsenal, and the influence of Arsene Wenger, probably turned him into a World Cup winner with France just a couple of months after he'd become a double winner.
Then came another double in 2002, and the famous 'Invincibles' season of 2004, when despite the scepticism of those around him, Wenger delivered on his promise that his team could go the whole season unbeaten.
But standing in an empty Emirates with Lee Dixon at the end of our walk, it was hard to ignore the fact that the list of Arsenal's silverware which adorns the perimeter of the stadium stops at 2005.
Dixon's view, and that of former vice-chairman David Dein, is that another trophy is not far away, although Petit believes that the patience of fans, shareholders and the media may well be tested if it doesn't come this season - and the club could be at risk of losing the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie.
So as Wenger celebrates his 60th birthday - according to him, by attending the Arsenal AGM and then going home to watch some Europa League football on the TV - what does the future hold for English football's most cerebral manager?
The view of those I've talked to is that it'll be him making the decision about how long he stays - and there is plenty of unfinished business yet, ending the wait for a trophy, a Champions League title to win and seeing the current crop of promising youngsters delivering on that promise.
And don't forget that he qualifies for his Freedom Pass, too. So don't be surprised if you bump into him on the number 43 bus sometime soon - he's got used to surprising us, down the years.
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