Arsenal have always been a football club with a rich history. And with each new generation of fans comes a new set of memories that will be held dear to those who witnessed them for the rest of their lives. These memories will be passed on to those who came after them and will be preserved in the history books for all to see.
Today we will be taking a trip down Memory Lane (which is Just off Avenell Road), by looking at the life of an Arsenal legend and ex manager, Bertie Mee.
With that being said, today we will be taking a trip down Memory Lane (which is Just off Avenell Road), by looking at the life of an Arsenal legend and ex manager, Bertie Mee.
Bertram Mee (nicknamed Bertie) was born in 1918 in Nottinghamshire. As a young man he enjoyed a fruitful if not short playing career as a professional footballer, playing for teams such as Southampton and Derby County.
Bertie would unfortunately suffer a career ending injury which would force him to end his career. With his playing days over, he swapped his studded boots for a steel toe capped version and decided to join the army.
Bertie spent 6 years in the Royal Army Medical Corps. During this time he underwent training to become a physiotherapist and rose through the ranks to become a Sergeant. Although he could no longer play football, the love of the game was still with him and after leaving the army he put his physiotherapy training to good use by joining the medical team at Arsenal.
Bertie Mee’s time as manager of Arsenal lasted for 10 years, and in this time he managed to pick up three trophies for the Gunners.
After the dismissal of then current manager Billy Wright in 1966, Bertie was offered the position of manager at Arsenal. This was an offer that shocked Bertie, but one that he would naturally accept.
Bertie Mee’s time as manager of Arsenal lasted for 10 years, and in this time he managed to pick up three trophies for the Gunners. In 1970 he lead Arsenal to the European Fairs Cup Final, where they beat Anderlecht.
This trophy ended a 17 year silverware drought that Arsenal had been experiencing at the time, and one year after that in 1971 he made history for Arsenal with the clubs first ever double, winning the FA Cup against Bill Shankly’s Liverpool and ending the season as League Champions. Bertie saw that the league victory was even sweeter for the fans by winning it for us on the final day of the season at White Hart Lane.
After his spell as Arsenal manager, Bertie left to become the assistant manager at Watford, and later a director of the club. In 1984 he received an ‘Order Of The British Empire’ Medal for his services to football. Bertie would carry on his duties as a director of Watford before finally retiring from the beautiful game in 1991, and ten years later in 2001 he passed away at the age of 82.