Today we welcomed David Dein to Sir Thomas Wharton Academy.
David joined the Arsenal Board in 1983 and was made Vice-Chairman in the same year. He also rose to Vice-Chairman of the Football Association and has served on numerous UEFA and FIFA Committees.
David was an early proponent of women’s football having been President of the hugely successful Arsenal Ladies Team
He was the man who had the foresight to bring Arsene Wenger to Arsenal in 1996. During David’s reign, the Club won:
The League x 5
The FA Cup x 5
The UEFA Cup Winners Cup x 1
The League Cup x 2
The Community Shield x 5
A total of 18 trophies!
David was a prime mover when the Premier League was launched in 1992. As Greg Dyke, the former Chairman of the FA, told the Financial Times
“David Dein was the most revolutionary bloke I’ve met in football. David Dein created the Premier League, it was his idea.”
Last year the Daily Mail published a list of the 50 most influential people in the history of the Premier League and David Dein was in the top ten with people like Sir Alex Ferguson.
These days David spends much of his time speaking in schools & prisons as well as businesses – he recently spoke to students of the world renowned Harvard Business School in Boston.
He gave a motivational and informative speech to our Year 10 students and also presented our Year 7 football team with the South Yorkshire Trophy that they recently won.