Peter Hill-Wood (1936-2018)

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Peter Hill-Wood, Arsenal’s chairman from 1982 to 2013, has died at the age of 82.

During his time at the helm, the Gunners enjoyed huge on-field success under managers George Graham and Arsene Wenger and successfully completed a move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium.

Peter was the third generation of his family to serve as chairman of our club, following his father, Denis Hill-Wood (in office 1962–1982), and his grandfather, Samuel Hill-Wood (1929–1936 and 1946–1949).

He first joined the board in 1962 and served continuously until ill health forced him to step down.

As Gooners come, they don’t get bigger than Peter, who famously remarked at full-time of our 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield in May, 1989: “Never in doubt.”

Our thoughts are with Peter’s family and friends at this time.

The club has released the following statement. 

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Matt
Matt

Synonymous with the club. Hard to remember he’s not still the chairman.

chuqu
chuqu

R.I.P sir and thanks for the trophies.

Mydialsquare
Mydialsquare

The best ever…

“We made a promise to our new manager we wouldn’t announce it yet”.

“Who did you promise that too?”

“Arsene Wenger.”

Solid gold!!!

RIP sir. And thanks to you and your family for the work you have put into our wonderful club. (And thanks for your interest in our affairs!)

Flern
Flern

Did this really happen?
I can’t find it anywhere

SG_Gooner
SG_Gooner

But Hill-Wood, who sold his shares to majority owner Stan Kroenke, rejected the claims as ‘complete and utter rubbish.’

He told The Guardian: “It was nice to make that money, but I was never involved in Arsenal for that reason.

shokim
shokim

Rest in peace, Sir.

Average Joe
Average Joe

RIP Mr. Hill-Wood, the greatest Gooner of them all!

Gudang Bedil
Gudang Bedil

Arsenal is literally in his blood. RIP.

Drew
Drew

If only the Hill-woods were still in ownership of our club. RIP Peter thank you for your and your family’s stewardship and service to our club.

Chiza
Chiza

RIP hill wood.. You would always be loved… I pray your spirit continue to bless our club as we continue to strive to be the best out there… God bless Arsenal

Avenell Road
Avenell Road

Hard to believe none of these guys aren’t at the club no more!! R I P

allezkev
allezkev

Definitely the end of an era…

SG_Gooner
SG_Gooner

He sold us to the American. and he mentioned he made a tidy sum from selling the shares.

Did we get any benefits??

N7 Gooner
N7 Gooner

Not the time pal

thesoulofpdavis
thesoulofpdavis

I think people like yourself don’t remember the situation that existed that caused the club to be sold to Kroenke.

Thanks to our previous successes and our brand of football at the time, we had many vultures circling as they saw the debt we had amassed due to the new stadium as both a weakness but also as a sure sign that the club could leverage substantial amounts of money.

Kroenke was the best of a very bad bunch that were interested in our club. Peter Hill-Wood and the board were under no illusions that the club had to move forward commercially for us to stay sustainable. This was the motivator as it was increasingly obvious that our previous board was reaching its limits and the chances of us becoming some Oligarchs play thing a very real threat.

So no, I do not blame the “better the devil you know” approach of the old guard because the evidence vindicates the choice s Kroenke does not take vast sums out the club and neither do we spend like theres no tomorrow.

We are Arsenal, so any imbecile with money to spend while they live out every bedroom Football Managers wet dream would have tainted this club to a point where we would not be Arsenal. Just some franchise of a great club that once earned its place as one of the Giants of the the English game sticking to its principles. But now in true franchise mode, becoming some soulless husk of a merry go round. Buying players here there and everywhere for ridiculous sums and slowly bankrupting the club as the team is stocked with NPCs kissing the badge and going through the motions.

I would take the Limpars, the Morrows, the Stephen Hughes’s, Paul Davis left foot curled free kicks in the Cup Winners Cups, David Hillier and his penchant for luggage, Tony and his prison time, Ian Wright and his meeting Dennis for the first time at a petrol station, Fabregas and his Pizza arm. A team we are intricately entwined with. That is why Im pragmatic about Kroenke. He is not rocking the boat.

Wreh's FA Cup dream
Wreh's FA Cup dream

‘NPCs’? Come on mate, you’re better than that.

thesoulofpdavis
thesoulofpdavis

No,I meant NPCs. You see this all over the place in other teams where one week they love the club and the following week their agent is kicking of transfer speculation with the old line “it would be an honour to play for (insert major European team here)”.

SG_Gooner
SG_Gooner

we werent really that vulnerable. These investors that came in did not help to clear our debts a single cent dude.
it is people like you and me who religiously pay for match tickets and jerseys that helped put money into the club

the American merely put money into hill wood’s hands, nina, fizsman et al.

none into AFC.

I hate these people who had the history and stewardship over us to sell out on us.

we are rich because of the explosion of global TV revenue, thanks to scudamore and skysports and willing suckers like me to pay the exponential rise in tv fees to watch arsenal.

Charles Charlie Charles
Charles Charlie Charles

Well said SG_Gooner. Need to stop people trying to revise history.

RIP Peter Hill-Wood. Great servant to the club.

sploop
sploop

Fiszman sold his shares from his death bed, he couldn’t exactly keep them could he

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Thank you…brought a tear to my eye.

redsy
redsy

Gave his life to the Arsenal a legend in my eyes.

Rest in peace

goonero
goonero

Thank you for your stewardship of a club whose story has engrossed so many over the years. Rest In Peace.

N7 Gooner
N7 Gooner

RIP to a great servant to the club. Hope he and Danny Fiszman are enjoying a pint up there.

GraeB
GraeB

A bottle of Bollinger or a fine claret are more likely, but agree with sentiments.

N7 Gooner
N7 Gooner

Haha fair one 🙂

runningRayrunningRayrunnningdownthewing
runningRayrunningRayrunnningdownthewing

Extremely sincere guy. Wore his heart on his sleeve – apologies for the cliché – however, us Arsenal fans do. Why it hurts when we play crap. I cop grief wearing my 89 strip to the bus stop and then need to remind ignorant supporters, primarily Liverfool tossers, who give me “You’re living in the past.” Well May, 89′ you probably weren’t even born, however, the benefit of the doubt, here – when did you last win the title? Moreover, may I bring up 2004? Quick reply – “We are still undefeated, you Gooner c*$t!” Indeed. Let’s see after the weekend, yes? We are Arsenal. Love to all. Hope you had a safe Christmas.

Homer
Homer

RIP, a great Arsenal man.

Cygans Parting
Cygans Parting

Just read what Bob Wilson(Mr. Arsenal, Ken Friar(Bridge) & Arsene Wenger (Legend) had to say about Peter Hill-Wood. Rest in peace sir.

Frog
Frog

Thank you for concerning yourself in our affairs.

Possession
Possession

Unfortunately, that statement soured my respect for the man.
RIP

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

My heartfelt condolences

Ozzie
Ozzie

I remember standing for a minute’s silence at Highbury the day after his dad, Dennis Hill Wood, died.
It was against Liverpool. They were top of league. We had no chance. Ian Rush scored early (his 68th that season) but we weathered the storm and Alan, Alan Sunderland’s qualiser earned us an unlikely draw.
Let’s hope history repeats itself.

Ozzie
Ozzie

Was anyone here present the week Don Howe resigned? Or remembers the protests that week chanting “Hill-Wood out” and “Stick Venables up your arse”??