It’s Patrick Vieira’s birthday – plus a run down on his mnagerial jobs


The anniversaries for today

23 June 1914: The RAF was established.

23 June 1953: Alf Haynes died.  He played 29 games as a centre half under Herbert Chapman.  Later he ran a newsagents in Oxford and wrote a sports column for the local newspaper and kept his connections with Arsenal under Tom Whittaker, acting as a scout.

23 June 1971: Ex Arsenal man Jimmy Bloomfield became manager of Leicester.  After that he went to Orient, and led them to an FA Cup semi-final and later managed Luton, before his tragically early death from cancer.

23 June 1976: Patrick Vieira born in Dakar, Senegal.  Qualifying for French citizenship he played for Cannes, and made two appearances for Milan before they unexpectedly released him, and Mr Wenger bought him, while he was still managing in Japan.  On 11 June 2018, Vieira was appointed as the manager of OGC Nice.   On 4 December 2020, he left the club and on 4 July 2021, Vieira was appointed as manager of Crystal Palace.  He was sacked by the club on 17 March 2023 and on 2 July 2023, he signed a three-year deal at Ligue 1 club Strasbourg.

23 June 1976: Terry Neill resigned as Tottenham manager.  He had lasted 2 years.  At the time such an early departure at Tottenham was unusual, but since then only four of the club’s 25 subsequent managers have lasted longer.  See also here

23 June 1953: Death of Alf Haynes.  After ending his playing career he had become a scout and had among other things recommended Cliff Holton to Arsenal.

23 June 1955: David Price born in Surrey.  He joined Arsenal in 1970 and made his first team début aged 17 in an end-of-season game against Leeds.  His career ended aged 28 because of an injury after which he became a taxi driver.

23 June 2016: After rumours that Arsenal had tried to sign Vardy from Leicester the club and player admitted that he already had signed a new contract.  The clear implication was that the whole scenario had been set up by newspapers anxious to distract Arsenal and make Arsenal fans angry at another “failed” bid.


Henry Norris at the Arsenal:  There is a full index to the series here correcting 100 years of rumour and false allegations.

Arsenal in the 1930s: The most comprehensive series on the decade ever

Arsenal in the 1970s: Every match and every intrigue reviewed in detail.

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