Arsenal Legends & brief Friday round up

*Originally posted 15th April

The heros of Arsenal Football Club are never forgotten, always held in high esteem by the fans and often fittingly remembered by the club – The famous bust of Herbert Chapman which still remains in pride of place in the old East Stand entrance at Highbury, the indoor sports facility at Hale End named after David Rocastle, the illustrations of 32 legendary players that adorns the stadium and the ongoing ‘Arsenalisation’ of the inside and outside of Ashburton Grove.
The club has now paid tribute to two long serving, and true, Arsenal men – Ken Friar & the late Danny Fiszman – with the renaming of the two bridges,formally known as the ‘North Bridge’ & ‘South Bridge’.
The unveiling of these memorials came only hours after the death of Danny Fiszman and it is only right that he and Mr. Friar have been rightly honoured by the club.
As discussed in yesterdays blog Mr Fiszman ha d along standing association with the club and was instrumental in the move to Ashburton Grove.
Ken Friar has worked for Arsenal since 1950, starting out in the Matchday Ticket Office, ‘Mr Friar’ as he is affectionately known by all Club employees, became Club Secretary in 1973 before Ten years later being promoted to Managing Director, a position he held until 2000, when he took on the role as co-ordinator of the stadium move.
In an era when too many fans demand clubs to be epitomized by the transfer fees it pays for supposed ‘Super Stars’ of the modern game it is refreshing that we can be reminded of just what it takes to really build a football club and the reasons why all Arsenal fans should be truly proud.
For all the goals of Bastin, Wright & Henry, the saves of Kelsey, Wilson & Seaman, the vision of James, Brady & Bergkamp, spirit of Eastham, McLintock & Adams as well as the trophies won by Chapman, Graham & Wenger, it is men like Friar & Fiszman who make a football club what it is, who behind the scenes and often without the adulation quietly go about making the club what it is.
These men are true Arsenal legends and deserve to always be remembered as such.
There are a few snippets of team news floating about this morning – but we’ll have a better handle on that after Wenger’s press conference this afternoon so I’ll report more tomorrow.
The only other bits of news are that TalkSport are suggesting that after just one season at the club Chamakh could be heading back to France us a glimpse into the kits for next season Thanks for reading.
Up The Arsenal!

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