Thank you Danny Fiszman

*Originally posted 14th April 2011

Morning all,

Last night Arsenal Football Club announced the sad news that Danny Fiszman had lost his battle with cancer at the age of 66.

There are many former Managers & players renowned as an ‘Arsenal Legend’, the term applies to Danny Fiszman as well as anyone.

An arsenal fan since childhood, the son of Belgian-Jewish parents who had fled the Nazis during WWII, he first acquired 10,000 shares in the club from David Dein in 1991, a move which earned him a place on the board of directors in 1992, further 6,000 shares were purchased over the next eight years from Dein at a cost of £7m giving him 33% stake in the club.
It is strongly rumoured that when Dennis Bergkamp joined Arsenal from Internatzionale in 1995 that Fiszman paid the £7.5m transfer fee from his own pocket.

When the decision was made to move the club from it’s Highbury home to a new purpose built modern stadium it was Danny Fiszman who was instrumental in making sure the club stayed in Islington. Picking out the Ashburton Grove site, a mere quarter of a mile from the old ground where as Dein had favoured a move to a site in Kings Cross or indeed Wembley. He then vigorously pushed through all plans at club, local council & government level before insuring that one of the best football grounds in Europe was delivered on time & on budget.

A very private man, he rarely gave interviews to the media but on the brief occasions he did in recent years he always gave full backing to Arsene Wenger and what the club were trying to achieve. The love he had for Arsenal Football club and the determination he had to see it grow can never be questioned.

There is no question that when selling his remaining shares in the club to Stan Kroenke earlier this week, a smaller number of shares had previously been sold to the American, that Danny Fiszman would have been anything less than 100% sure that it was in the best interest of Arsenal Football Club and that Kroenke would keep it in safe hands.

The club itself has paid fitting tribute to Mr Fiszman on the offcial website and I am sure that the club and of course the supporters will also be sure to do so at the Stadium he helped build when the team take on Liverpool in the Premier League this coming Sunday.

Thank you Danny Fiszman 1945 – 2011 a true Arsenal Legend – Victoria Concordia Crescit

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