Steve Braddock – 1964 – 2022

Steve Braddock – 1964 – 2022: One of the most influential figures on our industry, Steve Braddock, has died, following a long illness.

Steve was synonymous with Arsenal and was a significant figure in the move from Highbury to The Emirates, and in making the training ground at Colney such a success.

Steve Braddock – 1964 - 2022

Steve Braddock – 1964 – 2022

He won countless awards for the quality of his pitches; was voted the turf’s top influencer in 2019, and became only the second inductee to the GMA’s Hall of Fame the following year. The respect in which he was held could be seen as Arsenal wore black armbands in his honour in their match away at Bournemouth, while tributes appeared in the national press.

Steve had been brought to Arsenal by former manager, George Graham, but the man who was closest to him throughout his career was Arsene Wenger, who was as much a close friend to him as he was a mentor.

While the work he carried out on the Arsenal pitches was universally regarded as gold plated, it was his nurturing of talent that he will be perhaps best remembered. There are so many Head Groundsmen at home and abroad who owe their success to the education they received at the feet of Steve Braddock.

Our thoughts are with Steve’s family and friends at this very sad time.

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