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Paul Barnett: A Strange Obsession

A Strange Obsession

By Paul Barnett
February 2005,
A digital story from Shoebox Stories

"I don't think I'm strange. But when other people find out about my strange habits, they usually do. I'm just an Arsenal fan and that's why I need to keep all these fixture lists and why I need to fill in each score from every game and why it takes me ages to fill in the score when we lose and why I fill it in straight away when we win.

And why, even though I try to fight it, I still get a bit annoyed when my Southampton supporting friend fills in 0-10 before the game even happens. And why I noted the time that I ball-boyed for us when we won the league. And why I can spend a Saturday with friends and only half of me will be there, the other half tuned into the match on my little radio. That's not strange is it?"

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