Why was the grave of David Danskin so important to Arsenal FC?

David Danskin is recognised as the founder of Arsenal Football Club. Danskin who died in 1948 at the age of 85 created the football club Dial Square for him and his co-workers. They all paid a sixpence to play at the Woolwich Arsenal factory where they worked in 1886. Dial Square was then renamed to Woolwich Arsenal and the rest as they say is history.

The very first match was a 6-0 win over a team called Eastern Wanderers on 11th December 1886. Danskin, himself was the captain of Dial Square.

Sadly his gravestone had fallen into disrepair and so Arsenal stepped in. When the new gravestone was unveiled it was at a ceremony with four generations of the Danskin family. The club’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham, Pat Rice and members of the Arsenal supporters club were all present.

Danksin’s grandson Richard was reported as saying

“The memorial that is unveiled today is a fitting tribute to David Danskin, his family and the legacy that he leaves for us all to enjoy.”

The unveiling of the new headstone had taken over twenty years to happen and was a culmination of work between the family, football club, supporters and historians.

When people set up up sports clubs, it is usually because they are passionate about the sport and want an opportunity to play. Little did David Danskin know how his initial dream would one day become one of the largest and best football clubs not only in the UK but in the world.

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