Steve Braddock dead at 58: Arsenal pay tribute to head groundsman who got job after chance meeting with George Graham

ARSENAL head groundsman Steve Braddock has handed away aged 58 after affected by an extended sickness.

Braddock joined the Gunners in 1987 following an opportunity assembly with then supervisor George Graham – who wanted somebody to take care of the pitch at Highbury.

Steve Braddock joined Arsenal as a groundsman in 1987

He exceeded in his job, successful the Premier League Pitch of the Season award on a number of events in addition to ‘Turf’s Prime Influencer’ in 2019.

A 12 months later 2020 he turned solely the second particular person in historical past to enter the Grounds Administration Affiliation’s Corridor of Fame.

Braddock was famed for his work on the Highbury turf earlier than making the swap to the Emirates, whereas he additionally labored on the 11 pitches at London Colney, Arsenal’s coaching floor.

He additionally handed on his data to different groundsmen and had his personal mentor in North London – Arsene Wenger.

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The Arsenal legend was like a father determine to Braddock and the pair remained shut up till his loss of life.

The membership has introduced black armbands will likely be worn in Saturday’s match in opposition to Bournemouth in his reminiscence.

A statement additionally learn: “Our thoughts are with Steve’s wife Shuk, their daughters Jasmine and Lily, Steve’s sisters Janice and Susan, and all Steve’s family and friends.”

Tributes have poured in from the Arsenal neighborhood, with many taking to social media to honour the famed groundsman.

One fan wrote: “RIP Steve, Arsenal legend. My love and thoughts are with all his family and friends at this awful time.”

One other added: “The man that gave us “the carpet”. I like how good our pitch has at all times regarded.

“A wonderful professional and understated member of the Arsenal family. Rest In Peace. Best wishes to family and friends.”

A 3rd mentioned: “The man behind the beautiful carpet. Rest in peace Steve!”

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