LONDON (AP) – Peter Hill-Wood, the chairman of Arsenal for 31 years who presided over the English club’s title-winning eras of George Graham and Arsene Wenger, has died. He was 82.
Arsenal announced the death of Hill-Wood on Friday, without disclosing any details.
Continuing a long family tradition of involvement in the London team – both his grandfather and father served as chairman – Hill-Wood joined Arsenal’s board in 1962 and was chairman from 1982-2013. During that time, the club moved from Highbury to its current Emirates Stadium. He stepped down from the role because of ill health.
Hill-Wood oversaw the appointment in 1986 of Graham, who guided Arsenal to two English league titles, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
Wenger joined as manager in 1996, and the Gunners won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups under the Frenchman.
Arsenal says “Peter and his family’s influence on the club cannot be understated.”
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