Arsenal accused of stealing pie trophy

12:16 31 May 2012

Paul and Nicky Campbell with their Piebury Corner sign. Picture by Dieter Perry

Paul and Nicky Campbell with their Piebury Corner sign. Picture by Dieter Perry

Dieter Perry

It should have been a moment for celebration. After an agonising seven-year trophy drought, Arsenal had finally won something – by topping the Football Pie League.

But the awards ceremony in Brighton descended into acrimony on Friday when the club’s official caterers went off with the gong – despite the fact the hard-won victory was all down to a Highbury couple selling gourmet pies from their front garden.

Paul Campbell, 47 and his wife Nicky, 39, have become a popular matchday fixture this year with their Piebury Corner stand in Gillespie Road, which sells award-winning pastries named after Gunners greats.

Their fans lodged the lion’s share of the 8,500 votes that saw Arsenal win the league, beating out stiff competition from Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion, so they expected to pick up the prize.

Mr Campbell said: “We went up to collect the award and we were all standing on the stage together, but the caterers took it. I said ‘that’s our trophy’, but they said it’s got to go back to Arsenal.”

The Emirates caterers were at the ceremony for a different award altogether and had no idea the pie prize even existed until it was announced, yet they refused to give it to the Campbells.

The Piebury Corner faithful were outraged – with hordes taking to Twitter and Facebook to vent their frustration, some accusing caterers Delaware North of “pie-jacking”.

But the row cooled when the organisers issued a statement on Tuesday to say Piebury Corner will be handed a replica trophy at the beginning of next season.

Speaking to the Gazette, organiser Denis Sheehan accepted that the win was all down to the couple, but insisted the competition was always for clubs rather than individual sellers.

While he said it was always clear people were voting for Arsenal, he praised the contribution of Piebury Corner. “It’s right the caterers took the trophy as they were representing Arsenal,” he added. “But it’s down to Piebury Corner that Arsenal won. Arsenal should be pretty pleased with Piebury that they have won something.”

Mr Campbell added: “It was a bit of a mix-up and we’re laughing about it now. We just hope the trophy will persuade van Persie to stay.”


Live Blog Transfer Window Live 18th August

 

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Arsenal news

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Liverpool's Christian Benteke (left) and Arsenal's Calum Chambers compete for the ball

Arsene Wenger has said that he considered replacing Calum Chambers in Arsenal’s goalless draw against Liverpool and revealed that the England defender is struggling with confidence.

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks on as mascot Gunnersaurus takes part in the Dizzy Challenge. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal trained without Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny ahead of the Premier League clash in Newcastle on Saturday lunchtime.

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Paul Pogba of Juventus FC in action (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

All the latest transfer news and gossip with just four days to go until the transfer window slams shut.

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Referee Mark Clattenburg shows the red card to John Terry of Chelsea (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

All the injury, suspension and availability news from around the Premier League as our London clubs prepare for action on Saturday afternoon.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Arsenal strikers Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes he does not need to sign a striker this summer as his current players will find their finishing touch.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more
Free weekly shop? Yes please!

Win £200 to spend at Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets. Asda prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here.

Read more