Recently retired Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has been honoured for his contribution to the Club with the unveiling of a bust at Emirates Stadium.

Mr Hill-Wood served on the Arsenal board for 51 years from 1962, following in the footsteps of his father, Denis, and grandfather Samuel in a family legacy stretching over 86 years.

This was a big surprise for me. I knew nothing about it in advance and I am very flattered and honoured

Peter Hill-Wood

He retired earlier this year and on Thursday he was joined by family, Arsenal board members and manager Arsène Wenger for a surprise ceremony to unveil the bust in the directors' entrance of Emirates Stadium.

Paying tribute to Mr Hill-Wood, Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick said: “We are delighted to mark Peter’s contribution in this way. He has been at the heart of all the Club’s major decisions over the past 51 years and his steadfast and visionary leadership have underpinned the progress we have made in that time.

“His contribution to Arsenal Football Club, and that of his father and grandfather before, is immense. We felt it important that it was formally recognised in this way.”

Following the ceremony Mr Hill-Wood, who is recovering well after illness, said: “This was a big surprise for me. I knew nothing about it in advance and I am very flattered and honoured.

"I always regarded it as a great honour to help lead this wonderful football club and I have so many great memories during my time on the board and as chairman. I still have many friends at the Club, and I look forward to following our continued progress.”

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