Everyone at the club is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our former coach and scout, Steve Burtenshaw, at the age of 86.
Steve came from a footballing family and spent his playing days with Brighton & Hove Albion until he retired in 1966.
After a spell on the coaching staff with the Seagulls, he joined Arsenal as reserve team coach in November 1967.
During his time in charge of the reserves, Steve's sides won the Football Combination twice, the Football Combination Cup and the London FA Challenge Cup.
In 1971, he was promoted to first-team coach before leaving the club two years later to join QPR.
After spells as manager of Sheffield Wednesday, Everton and QPR, Steve returned to Highbury in 1981 as our chief scout.
Then, after Don Howe's departure in March 1986, Steve took charge as caretaker manager for the rest of that season.
Under George Graham, Steve returned to his role as chief scout and stayed with us until 1996, before taking similar roles at QPR and Manchester City. He retired from football in 2005.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
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