Pictures: Club finishes Ken Friar Bridge

Ken Friar with his statue
Mr Friar with his statue

Arsenal Football Club has commemorated the completion of the Ken Friar Bridge outside Emirates Stadium.

At a short ceremony attended by Mr Friar himself, family, friends and Club staff, a statue was unveiled at the end of the bridge, opposite the Arsenal Museum at the north end of the stadium.

The statue depicts Mr Friar playing football as a youngster in 1945 in front of the old Highbury Stadium.

Behind the statue is a display telling the famous story that saw Friar miskick a ball underneath a parked car that transpired to be that of the then Arsenal manager, George Allison.

So impressed was Allison with young Mr Friar’s enthusiasm that he was told to report to his office the next day, whereupon he was offered a job as a messenger at the stadium on matchdays.

From that day on, Mr Friar became a loyal servant to the Club and over the course of the past 60 years and more has been instrumental in the success of Arsenal during this time.

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