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Gary Lewin: The Forgotten Man

It wasn't till I read an article on the Daily Mail website that I realised just what a clanger I'd dropped.

With aftermath of Eduardo's horrendous injury still raging on, one man remained forgotten.

Step forward Gary Lewin.

Gary became the head physio at Arsenal more than 20 years ago. In that time he probably hasn't seen a more gruesome injury than Eduardo's, and because of his quick reactions, Eduardo has the chance of resurrecting his career.

Lewin has taken care of hundreds of Arsenal players, and he has looked after many an England player also after been given the position of head physio for England in 1996. Many people question the appointment of Gary Lewin to the England set up, claiming he would gain unfair knowledge of players injuries, but I seriously don't think there is a better man for the job.

This medical marvel doesn't just limit himself to helping players from Arsenal and England, oh no, in the 2007 Carling Cup final John Terry caught an unfortunate boot to the face and became unconscious. Lewin was the first man on the scene and his swift actions possibly saved the life of the Chelsea defender.

So here's to a man who whilst being so vital to our title credentials, often remains forgotten.

Cheers Gary!!!




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 27 2008

Time: 4:01PM

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A true Arsenal man, a true hero for so many players. Knowing that he is under Lewin's auspices should make Eduardo find some comfort. Well done for bringing him to light R7. He deserves a lot of praise.
G4L
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27/02/2008 16:14:00

It's actually shameful that it took one of the dodgy rags for me to think about it. I hold my head in shame.
Rocky7
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27/02/2008 16:16:00

Shame on you rocky7 but to be honest I don't think that it where many of us that did remember him I sure did not. Just goes to show that he goas at his job with minimum fuss and just gets on with it.
Armory
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27/02/2008 16:26:00

Paul, let's not forget he was also the guy to pull Rocastle's tongue back out when he swallowed it against Millwall - truly a guy who merits a 'big up'.
»»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
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27/02/2008 17:10:00

Yes of course Wingers, one of the true professionals in sport today!!!
Rocky7
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27/02/2008 17:22:00

Those who go, know.
AFC85Lew
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27/02/2008 17:23:00

Well said sir! The guy has always been up there with the very best! Its nice to see him sit alongside Arsene and celebrating with him after the games too, has been with us since forever!!! Cheers son!!!
Wenger_Knows
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27/02/2008 17:28:00

If my memory serves me right, there was this guy from Blackburn, I think David Dunn who expressed his gratitude to Lewin publicly for saving his career last year. Of course if he was from Manure, he would have got more publicity for his work
Joe_@**
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27/02/2008 17:28:00

our unsung hero
fcdematthew
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27/02/2008 18:42:00

A true legend always there when we need him, WELL DONE GARY !!!
gillvy4
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27/02/2008 19:04:00

top guy
ian7
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27/02/2008 19:25:00

Always gets his name sung at away games. I also recall that when Roy Keane got his hip injury, Gary gave United information on how he had treated Ljungberg for the same problem. Topman.
Little Dutch
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27/02/2008 19:32:00

Im ashamed that I was *****ed off at gary becuase it seemed we had the worst medical staffin the league and all our players had minor injuries extend to weeks. But I'm now aware of the man that Lewin is and how he just probably saved eduardo from a life of gloom and depression just to shine that ray of hope upon him ... Thank You ..
.::EgyptianGooner::.
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27/02/2008 19:36:00

Yes kudos to Gary! True Arsenal legend! And to be fair, kudos to Daily Mail who's finally found some class to carry a positive story worthy of public attention - for the first time since the tragedy, IMHO. And kudos to Rocky too - better late than never! And LD really, his name gets sung too? That's awesome! We should give him a song even! Please sing a bit louder for us next time. He started working as Arsenal's physio 20+ years ago but he actually joined the club as an apprentice goalkeeper as a teenager so he's truly Arsenal through and through! Now I'll write another email to Arsenal to thank Gary Lewin. He deserves great regonition from us fans. (Sorry for the long post.) Top pro!
Lou the Gunneress
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27/02/2008 19:51:00

Rocky, get a picture of Gary on this article, i'm really getting sick of seeing this first aid picture in so many articles. and Gary always seems like a nice bloke, when we win the league, i hope he is given the chance to come on the podium and lift the trophy too..
luckys_10
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27/02/2008 20:11:00

If only it were that simple Luckys, we have to pay for our images, though when the time comes for more piccies to be uploaded, he will certainly get his on there.
Rocky7
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28/02/2008 01:20:00

Top man, Gary. I have been sceptical of the physio team efforts what with frequent injuries, and the delayed return times for our players, but at times like these, I realise thats being petty, and not realising the true worth of men like Gary Lewin. Long may he continue.
prits
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28/02/2008 03:52:00

hehe okies. but keep the good work going, and really wish our site, you and tim win those awards and get a big cash bonus..
luckys_10
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28/02/2008 06:58:00

i dont know how many of u guys ever played championship manager as kids.. but i used to until very recently.. and even there gary lewin was the top physio and milan were always lookin for him in my game.. but i offered him double wages everytime and he stayed!! lol.. anyways.. top man.. no doubts about that.. clean as a chit.. minimum fuss.. do your job kinda man.. hope he stays on for a long long time....
go4it_adi
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28/02/2008 07:56:00

I saw Gary Lewin the other day, actually. He was going into the big YMCA off Tottenham Court Road. He's the man.
Moorish
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28/02/2008 10:58:00

There was a similar article in the Telegraph praising Lewin for his quick actions during the first 45 minutes. If he had not taken such actions, Ed's leg might not be saved at all. Well done Gary!!!!
HK_Gunner
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28/02/2008 11:01:00

Didn't Eduardo REFUSE morphine?!?! He must be solid!
JonLFC
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28/02/2008 12:19:00

Yes, he refused morphine after he's allowed to leave the hospital.
entropy13
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28/02/2008 15:35:00

I'm a Brazilian gooner in New York (female) and have been having trouble registering an acct. on this terrific site for some time now. The problem's been fixed so I can finally post comments. Anyway, all praise to Lewin for saving Dudu's foot! It's true Dudu refused morphine but he'd already been given entonox (a mix of gas and air) which is also given to pregnant women in labor, and that made him comfortable.
jaelle
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28/02/2008 16:06:00

Lewin has been brilliant at Arsenal, he keeps players with niggling injuries out of action, when other clubs would probably let them play on. In my view this explains things like Gerrard's run of poor form last year (playing with an injury I mean) and Terry's regular absences from the Chelsea team (Eboue's intervention not included). Lewin also got Diaby playing again whose injury was almost as severe as Eduardo's. You also have to wonder how we manage to sell so many great players at great prices just when they are about to lose peak fitness. Lewin is a massive asset, no doubt about it.
timao
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28/02/2008 18:06:00

welcome to the site Jaelle, the more the merrier
fran merida
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29/02/2008 12:22:00

Gary certainly did a wonderful job with Eduardo - true professional.
eastneydave
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29/02/2008 19:09:00

Where was he when Cech got his cranium crushed? or when JT got his foot broken in three different places? We could have used him then.
Blue is the colour
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01/03/2008 21:09:00

BITC, your JT could have died from swallowing his tongue if not for Gary. The guy deserves some respect.
Lou the Gunneress
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01/03/2008 21:27:00

BITC, don't you have your own medical marvels ? I think you can affored ar least 3 or 5 ? Or maybe somethings you just can't buy? Anyway whats your point with Cech having his cranium crushed ffs?
Paulo Gun
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01/03/2008 23:16:00

 

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