VIC AKERS OBE
Arsenal Legend, Vic, has added a wealth of experience to Luke Garrard’s backroom staff.
Akers began his footballing career as a left-back at Tonbridge Angels but really made his name as a player at Cambridge United, where he made 129 league appearances. He was also on the books at Watford, Dartford, Hayes and Slough Town, before retiring at Carshalton Athletic in 1986.
The following year, Akers founded the Arsenal Ladies team and became manager. He managed Arsenal’s Ladies to every major trophy in English Women’s football, winning the FA Women’s Cup 11 times. In total, Vic won 32 major trophies before he retired from his post in 2009, including the Women’s Champions League, the only English Women’s team to ever win this title.
Upon Arsene Wenger’s appointment as Arsenal manager in September 1996, Akers was named club kit man, a role he shared with his son, Paul from 2001. Akers stepped down from his role after 22 years, coinciding with Wenger leaving the club, in May 2018.
Following a few months away from football, Akers joined Luke Garrard’s coaching staff in February 2019 as assistant first-team manager.
Akers was awarded an OBE for his services to sport in 2010.