UK time is: 15:42:19
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Remembering Danny Fiszman

Arsenal is traditionally a club of innovators. Tradition with vision was long a buzz word in the Arsenal boardroom in the 80s and 90s. From the rabble rousing of Norris, the footballing and structural vision of Chapman to the pioneering spirits of Graham and Wenger. Arsenal is a club whose evolution has been sped up by great men. Some of these men are widely known and celebrated, their anecdotes fastened to our history and passed on through the campfires of N5. Like the men I have mentioned. Others, not so much.

The likes of Allison, Whittaker and Don Howe have taken more of a back seat in the large, dusty volumes of Arsenal history. Today, we remind ourselves about one of those pioneers. It`s a year ago today that we lost Danny Fiszman. Amos penned a neat tribute to his achievements and quiet pioneering spirit , so I won`t rehash too much old ground. Suffice to say, Arsenal`s position as one of the biggest clubs in Europe, playing in one of the continent`s finest stadiums owes much to the foresight, determination, business acumen and work ethic of the Willesden born son of Belgian Jewish refugees.

Fiszman made his fortune in diamonds with the Star Diamond Group, but his passion was Arsenal. He purchased 2,840 shares from his friend David Dein in 1999 and eventually increased his stake to 24% by 2007. To help finance the purchase of such a large holding, Fiszman sold Star Diamonds to concentrate fully on being a Director at Arsenal. In truth, all of his efforts had long been concentrated solely on the club he loved. In 2003, when funding dried up for the new stadium project, Fiszman was regularly working 15 hour days for Arsenal.

He was a private man, who rarely gave interviews, so details are sketchy. But some time around 2008, his health was beginning to fail. He gradually began to sell his shareholding to Stan Kroenke Sports Enterprises. In early 2011, it became apparent he had been suffering from throat cancer. On April 11th, 2011, with death staring him in the face, Fiszman spent his last hours of life tying up the sale of his remaining 16.11% share in the club to Stan Kroenke. He died less than 48 hours after the deeds were signed. The club he loved were secure.

Fiszman died on 13th April, 2011, leaving his beloved wife Sally. Fiszman`s hobbies, other than Arsenal, included flying. To the extent that he was a qualified commercial jet pilot. 24 hours after his death, the club unveiled their tribute, renaming the Clock End Bridge the Danny Fiszman Bridge in his honour. The Emirates Stadium stands as a lasting reminder of his legacy to the club. In remembrance of Danny, I`m always minded of Isaac Newton`s famous quote, "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." May you continue to rest in peace Danny. LD.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 13 2012

Time: 9:53AM

Your Comments

Nice piece Tim. It's always sad when someone dies, especially of such a horrible disease, but we all have to go some time and when we do we can only hope that we're remembered with fondness. Job well done Danny. RIP.
Rocky7
Thanks for the piece LD. Surprised to note that the .com site has not put up a remembrance for the man; perhaps, in deference to his life style. May he rest in peace.
Naijagunner
RIP Danny. Gooner legend.
Sajit
RIP Danny - a gooner till the very end.
Deltaforce
A man who liked to keep his achievements quiet, who contributed immensely to the new stadium. He had a greater impact on the club and its future than some of the others that we fans talk about, like Dein or Hill Wood.
prits
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Arsenal Articles

Arsenal v Burnley Match Preview (Friday October 31 2014)

Kroenke's 3m Can Be Understood (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Three Points And No Mistake! (Sunday October 26 2014)

Sunderland v Arsenal Match Preview (Friday October 24 2014)

A Busted Flush (Thursday October 23 2014)

Isn't It The Sign Of A Great Team? (Thursday October 23 2014)

Team News: Anderlecht vs Arsenal (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Anderlecht v Arsenal Match Preview (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Archived Arsenal Articles

List All Vital Arsenal Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Amos. 95
2. Naijagunner 61
3. paul_ownz 55
4. Galway Gooner 42
5. Joe_@** 30
6. Guyfox 29
7. shewore 21
8. Little Dutch 14
9. Rocky7 13
10. NYArse 11

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Sunderland 0 - 2 Arsenal
Arsenal 2 - 2 Hull City
Chelsea 2 - 0 Arsenal
Arsenal 1 - 1 Spurs
Aston Villa 0 - 3 Arsenal
Arsenal 2 - 2 Man City

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Southampton 9 6 1 2 15 19
3. Man City 9 5 2 2 9 17
4. West Ham 9 5 1 3 5 16
5. Arsenal 9 3 5 1 4 14
6. Swansea 9 4 2 3 3 14
7. Liverpool 9 4 2 3 1 14
8. Man Utd 9 3 4 2 3 13

Breaking League News

Tonev Gets Seven Match Ban
Aston Villa : 31/10/2014 15:20:00
Steer Returns amp; Disappears To Yeovil
Aston Villa : 31/10/2014 15:11:00
The Villa Times - 31/10/2014
Aston Villa : 31/10/2014 13:00:00
Arsenal v Burnley Match Preview
Arsenal : 31/10/2014 12:29:00
Eto`o set to trigger new deal
Everton : 31/10/2014 12:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who is most likely to end as top scorer this season?
Suggested By:  
Campbell 5%
Giroud 2%
Podolski 2%
Ramsey 2%
Sanchez 36%
Sanogo 2%
Walcott 5%
Welbeck 46%