It has been a funny old week in the media .…. dominated by football!
I thought that I would share an extract of an article that I discussed with a client in a recent session which framed the basis for further exploration …
Wenger: Living in a pub made me
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger credits growing up in a pub for helping to shape his outlook on life and knowledge of football.
Wenger’s parents owned a bistro called La Croix d’Or in the little French village of Duttlenheim where he would spend hours in the company of the football-loving customers.
Wenger once said, “There is no better psychological education than growing up in a pub because when you are five or six years old you meet all different people and hear how cruel they can be to each other.”
“You hear the way they talk to each other like saying ‘You’re a liar.’ And from an early age, you get a practical psychological education into the minds of people”.
“It is not often that a boy of five or six is always living with adults in a little village”.
“I even learned about tactics and selection from the people talking about football in the pub… and who should be in the team.”
In 2021, as we ease our way out of lockdown and are finally able to meet up and socialise outdoors with each other, we must acknowledge that alcohol may be a presenting issue and that some of us may be drinking to excess.
Do you know someone who has grown up ‘in or around’ a pub environment?
What has this experience taught them?
What has it taught you?
I look forward to speaking to you soon.
P.s. Football is still that game that as little boys we used to put our jumpers down to make goal-posts!