Former Arsenal scout Steve Rowley has tragically passed away at the age of 63 due to illness. Rowley was one of the main reasons Arsenal were able to bring world-class players into the squad. He found the likes of Robin Van Persie, and Cesc Fabregas all of who were great servants to the club.
Fabregas has expressed his condolences for the former scout via his Twitter handle.
“What a sad day it is. A great man has left us, a true Arsenal legend. I don’t know where I would be today if you didn’t manage to convince Arsene to sign me as a 16 years old. I will never forget your advices and the confidence you gave me everyday, You will be greatly missed.”
Later on, Arsenal also gave their condolences to their former scout and thanked him for his contributions to the club.
“Everyone at the Club is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our former Chief Scout Steve Rowley after a short illness.”
“Steve, 63, had been associated with the Club since January 1980,when he began a part-time role in our youth scouting operations in Essex. Notable early successes in the identification of talent – including Tony Adams and Ray Parlour – led to a full-time position during George Graham’s time as manager”
“Upon his arrival in 1996, Arsène Wenger appointed Steve as our Chief Scout, a position he held until 2017.”
“During four decades with the Club, Steve and his network of scouts were responsible for identifying and securing many players instrumental in on-pitch success for the Club”
“Our thoughts are with Steve’s family and friends at this time. Rest in peace, Steve”
Pundit Ray Parlor also offered his condolences for Steve.
“My old scout. I was 11 or 12 years old when I signed for Arsenal. Best decision I ever made, to get to Arsenal”
“He helped me out so much in my career. His nephew text me this morning, Tony Adams text me about the passing of Steve Rowley.”
“What a legend he was. Absolutely devastating news for Arsenal football club.”
“What a legend. I wouldn’t be where I was, playing for Arsenal if it wasn’t for Steve Rowley, so thanks Steve.”
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