About Arsenal Mumbai
Arsenal Mumbai Supporters Club's journey began in May 2006 when a group of young Gooners in Mumbai, started the Arsenal Mumbai Fan Club page on a widely used social networking website of that time - Orkut. The page started attracting other Gooners based in Mumbai and in a couple of weeks, more than 100 members joined the group.
As the group became viral and many more members joined in, a Footie meet was decided to be held only for Arsenal fans in Juhu beach on a Sunday morning. This was the 1st Footie meet by AMFC held on 23rd December, 2006 which later on became a huge hit. As the number of fans who attended the Footie meets starting increasing, AMFC shifted their Footie meets to Shivaji Park to accommodate more fans from different parts of the city.
The popularity of the Footie meets grew so much that one of the widely watch Football shows in India - Football Focus on ESPN also talked about Gooners in Mumbai meeting up every Sunday and pictures of the group were also telecasted.
AMFC also began screening key Arsenal matches since early 2007. Our first screening was Arsenal Vs Manchester United on 21st of January, 2007 where Thierry Henry scored a goal in the injury time and won the game for Arsenal. The screening is one of the most cherished moments for the Mumbai Gooners. Since then, AMFC decided to screen all important matches for Arsenal in order to get more Gooners under one roof to watch the match.
Official Supporters Club recognition from Arsenal FC
In 2007, AMFC decided to apply for the official supporters club affiliation by Arsenal FC, UK. One of the AMFC members travelled to London to showcase AMFC's credentials and make a strong case for it. Finally after one year, In October 2008, Arsenal granted its affiliation as the official Supporters Club of Arsenal in Mumbai - It was first of its kind in India. AMFC soon became Arsenal Mumbai Supporters Club.
Where is AMSC today?
Since then, AMSC has only grown. As of today, AMSC has over 1000 members, 1500+ Twitter followers & over 125,000 likes on the Official Facebook page.
Recently, Arsenal Mumbai Supporters Club's screening of the North London Derby (Arsenal v/s Spurs) dated 31st August, 2013 was rated one of the best in the world by Bleacher's Report. They rated Arsenal Mumbai as 6th Best place in the world outside London to watch an Arsenal game.
Our main aim is to build a strong community for Gooners in Mumbai and keep supporting the club we love - ARSENAL FC!