Arsenal announce the tragic death of former chief scout Steve Rowley, 63, following a short illness

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Arsenal announce the tragic death of former chief scout Steve Rowley, 63, following a short battle with illness, five years after he waved goodbye to the club following almost two decades in the role

  • Former Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley has passed away at the age of 63
  • Rowley spent over two decades in his role with the club before departing in 2017
  • The Gunners have paid tribute to his ‘instrumental’ contribution to their success

Former Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley has passed away at the age of 63 following a short battle with illness, the club has announced.

Rowley, who played a crucial part in the Gunners’ success under Arsene Wenger, spent over two decades with the north London club before departing in 2017.

He first joined in the 1980s and worked alongside both George Graham and Wenger, identifying and signing players who Arsenal insist proved ‘instrumental’ for them on the pitch. 

A club statement read: ‘Everyone at the Club is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our former Chief Scout Steve Rowley after a short illness.

Former Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley has died at the age of 63, the club has announced

Former Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley has died at the age of 63, the club has announced

‘Steve, 63, had been associated with the Club since January 1980, when he began a part-time role in our youth scouting operations in Essex. 

‘Notable early successes in the identification of talent – including Tony Adams and Ray Parlour – led to a full-time position during George Graham’s time as manager. 

‘Upon his arrival in 1996, Arsène Wenger appointed Steve as our Chief Scout, a position he held until 2017. During four decades with the Club, Steve and his network of scouts were responsible for identifying and securing many players instrumental in on-pitch success for the Club.

‘Our thoughts are with Steve’s family and friends at this time. Rest in peace, Steve.’

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