Monday, December 17, 2007


NIAC Mitra

There is, I must come clean, an anorak streak coarsing through my veins which is alerted whenever anything Arsenal comes to my attention.

On Wednesday this week, while Borussia Dortmund grab the headlines, a more run of the mill Liga match takes place pitting Pelita Jaya and PSS. What the hell does this have to do with the Arsenal?

Well, it so happens Pelita's coach is one Fandi Ahmad. At PSS there is Rudy Keljtes.

Back in 1982/83 Fandi spent 18 months with NIAC Mitra, based in Surabaya, as he was starting out on his career. Alos at NIAC that season was Rudy and it was a time of great merriment as their club won the old style Galatama.

What the hell has all this got to do with the price of eggs in Lombok I hear no one cry?

In June 1983 Arsenal came to Indonesia on a post season tour, it was around the time they signed Charlie Nicholas, and played NIAC Mitra in Surabaya. The score, if you must know may be found here...


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