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The School played host to a footballing mastermind on Tuesday 6 May, when former Football Association (FA) and Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein was invited to speak in the Old Chapel in a talk organised through the Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA).
David joined the Arsenal Board in 1983 and has served on numerous UEFA and FIFA Committees. One of the main architects in the creation of the Premier League in 1992, he has been at the forefront of many of the important changes in the sport.
David was also the driving force behind the appointment of Arsène Wenger, unquestionably the most successful manager the north London club has ever had. During David’s time at Arsenal, the club won a total of 18 trophies including five FA Cups and the UEFA Cup, as well as topping the Premiership table five times.
To an audience of around 150 pupils and parents at the School, David told the inspiring story of how he and a small group of football visionaries created the Premier League against a backdrop of falling attendances, racism, stadium disasters and hooliganism, and turned it into Britain's most successful sporting export. The Premier League is now the most watched football league in the world.
Head of Football at St John’s, Richard Jones, commented, “The success of David Dein is quite extraordinary and it was fantastic to have him speaking in the newly refurbished Old Chapel. Football at St John's continues to go from strength to strength and by having such high-calibre and motivational speakers at the School, the pupils’ enthusiasm for the sport will only grow.”
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