FULL NAME: Vic Akers
Arsenal legend Vic Akers OBE joined the club as an integral part of Luke Garrard’s senior management team in February 2019.
Wood Chairman Danny Hunter and Akers have been friends for more than 20 years and his arrival at Meadow Park will be seen as a real boost to the club. The former Arsenal Ladies’ manager will be bringing his vast experience and success to our senior management team, in an exciting move.
Akers provided Arsenal with more than three decades worth of service, in which time he founded the Arsenal Ladies team and managed them to every single major trophy in English women’s football. Akers spent 22-years as the manager of the Arsenal Ladies team, where he won the FA Women’s Cup 11 times, the FA Women’s Premier League Cup 10 times and the FA Women’s Premier League 11 times. Arguably though, his greatest feat was achieved here at Meadow Park, when his Arsenal Ladies team lifted the UEFA Women’s Cup in 2007, beating Umeå IK to become the first ever English side to do so.
His haul of 32 major trophies included five League and FA Women’s Cup doubles and four domestic trebles – truly remarkable statistics. Akers’ services didn’t just stop as the manager of the Arsenal Ladies team though. Initially appointed as head of Arsenal’s community programme, the now 72-year-old worked in the Arsenal First Team setup, as club kit man. During his years at Arsenal, Akers worked alongside some of the Gunners’ biggest ever names, including Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Viera, Emmanuel Petit and Martin Keown, to name just a few.
Akers also enjoyed a glittering non-league playing career, having come through the ranks at Fulham. This included winning the treble of the Isthmian League Premier Division, Berks and Bucks Senior Cup and the Isthmian League Cup with Slough in 1981. As well as his time with Slough, the left-back won promotion from the Fourth Division with Cambridge United and won the Southern League Cup with Dartford.
Akers was duly awarded an OBE for his services to sport in 2010, having revolutionised the women’s game.