LONDON (AP) — Peter Hill-Wood, the chairman of Arsenal for 31 years who presided over the English club’s title-winning eras of George Graham and Arsene Wenger, has died. He was 82.
Arsenal announced the death of Hill-Wood on Friday, without disclosing any details.
Continuing a long family tradition of involvement in the London team — both his grandfather and father served as chairman — Hill-Wood joined Arsenal’s board in 1962 and was chairman from 1982-2013. During that time, the club moved from Highbury to its current Emirates Stadium. He stepped down from the role because of ill health.
Hill-Wood oversaw the appointment in 1986 of Graham, who guided Arsenal to two English league titles, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.