Steve Braddock Wiki
Steve Braddock Biography
Who was Steve Braddock ?
ARSENAL maintenance chief Steve Braddock has died at the age of 58 after a long illness.
Braddock joined the Gunners in 1987 after a chance meeting with then-manager George Graham, who needed someone to look after the pitch at Highbury.
Steve Braddock joined Arsenal as an outfielder in 1987.
He went above and beyond in his work, winning the Premier League’s Pitch of the Season award on several occasions, as well as ‘Turf’s Top Influencer’ in 2019.
A year later, in 2020, he became the second person in history to be inducted into the Land Management Association Hall of Fame.
Braddock was famous for his work on the pitch at Highbury before moving to the Emirates, while he also worked on the 11 pitches at London Colney, Arsenal’s training ground.
He also passed on his knowledge to other gardeners and had his own mentor in North London: Arsene Wenger.
The Arsenal legend was like a father figure to Braddock and the pair remained close until his death.
The club have announced that black armbands will be worn in Saturday’s match against Bournemouth in his memory.
A statement also read: “Our thoughts are with Steve’s wife Shuk, his daughters Jasmine and Lily, Steve’s sisters Janice and Susan, and all of Steve’s family and friends.”
Tributes have poured in from the Arsenal community, with many taking to social media to honor the famous outfielder.
One fan wrote: “RIP Steve, Arsenal legend. My love and thoughts go out to all his family and friends at this terrible time.”
Another added: “The man who gave us ‘the rug.’ I love how good our field has always looked.
“A wonderful professional and discreet member of the Arsenal family. Rest in peace. Best wishes to family and friends.”
A third said: “The man behind the beautiful rug. Rest in peace Steve!”