Hemel Hempstead’s Ben Roberts followed in the footsteps of his Arsenal heroes as he was part of the winning team at the inaugural Europcar Cup competition, held at Emirates Stadium.
Hosted by Europcar, the five-a-side tournament gave fans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to showcase their skills at the home of the Premier League giants.
Playing on the same pitch as my heroes was truly a unique experience, and one which I will never forgetBen Roberts
And it was the team representing the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Arsenal Supporters Club – captained by Roberts – who were crowned champions by Arsenal legend Ray Parlour.
The former midfielder, and member of the club’s famous ‘Invincibles’ side, had been on hand throughout the day for team talks and a Q&A session with fans before presenting the trophy.
“Playing on the same pitch as my heroes was truly a unique experience, and one which I will never forget,” said Roberts, whose fellow team members were Rob De Bell, Mark Kenneally, Craig Wiseman, Harry O’Riordan and Sam Rawlings.
“Getting to share this experience with my friends and family has made the occasion even more special.
“I have been an Arsenal fan for many years and to be able to play, and win, on a football ground that is so special to me means the world.
“Meeting Ray (Parlour), getting changed in the official Arsenal changing rooms, and then winning the tournament has been an experience I will never forget.”
Europcar UK Group managing director Ken McCall added: “Today’s tournament was a great way to celebrate a fantastic year’s partnership with Arsenal.
“But, more importantly, it was an opportunity to give back to the people that really make the club such a special place; the supporters.”