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Arsenal on Friday announced the death of their longtime groundsman Steve Braddock.

Braddock joined the team in August 1987 and remained with the English top-flight club till his death at the age of 58.

Steve Braddock clears snow off the Emirates Stadium pitch

Announcing his death via their official website, Arsenal said:

It is with deep regret that we report the death of our Head Groundsman, Steve Braddock, after a long illness.

Born and bred an Arsenal fan, Steve joined the club in August 1987, after a chance meeting with George Graham, who informed him that the club was looking for a new lead to be responsible for the pitch at Highbury. After getting the job, he set about creating a playing surface at Highbury that would be the envy of the footballing world – and he achieved exactly that.

Under Steve, Arsenal’s pitch at Highbury became the game’s gold standard. He understood the art of preparing a pitch better than anyone in the game.

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.

In Steve’s memory, our men’s first team will be wearing black armbands at our match at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Steve Braddock

Braddock won several English Premier League Pitch of the Season awards and other personal accolades like ‘Turf’s Top Influencer’ (2019).

And in 2020, he became the second person in history to enter the Grounds Management Association’s Hall of Fame.

By Amara

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