I've been an Arsenal fan for as long as I can remember. It all started in 1993 (I was seven at the time) when my late Grandfather asked me to pick a team to support in the game. I picked Arsenal because I didn't like Sheffield Wednesday's kit and Arsenal went on to win the game thanks to a header in extra time from Andy Linighan.
From that point on I was hooked (I used to know all the scores and scorers) and it has long been an ambition of mine to go to an Arsenal away game in Europe.
Having failed to accomplish this by the grand old age of 29, I decided to add this to my 30 before 30 list and I finally accomplished this back in March when I went to watch Arsenal take on the current European Champions Bayern Munich with my Dad in Munich.
In the build up to the match we also took the opportunity to do a spot of sight seeing which saw us stomp around the old town and sample some of Munich's outstanding beers in a few of Munich's famous beer halls including the beer hall where Hitler is said to have staged his famous Beer Hall Putsch. We also visited the Olympic Park, home to the ill-fated 1972 Olympics and the scene of one of England's greatest victories on German soil.
The game itself ended 1-1 and whilst Arsenal performed well on the night but sadly it wasn't enough to see them progress into the quarter finals as we failed to overturn the 2-0 first leg deficit. However, the night and the trip as a whole will live long in the memory and I'd like to say a special thank you to everyone at Arsenal Football Club for taking on board the nature of our request and securing us tickets that we would otherwise have had no chance of getting.
I'd also like to thank my Dad for refusing to give up in the pursuit of a ticket (I had been prepared to gamble on watiing to get a ticket early next season instead) and without him none of this would have been possible.
That's now five challenges down so I'm a sixth of the way there but I've still got a long, long way to go if I'm going to be able to complete all 30 before I'm 30 - I haven't even thought about starting to drive yet - and I need all the help I can get!
Three ways you can help:
1. Follow me on twitter and encourage others to do so to help me reach 30,000 followers
2. Make a donation to my 30 before 30 challenge to help me reach my £30,000 total
3. Sign up to do the London Bikeathon with me and help raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research