Former midfielder on 20 years as player, scout and senior academy employee at Arsenal, and that League Cup final

A couple of days after Steve Morrow had left hospital, a car pulled up outside his house and waited for him to finish packing his bags. It was driven by Ken Friar, the Arsenal life president, and before long it was dropping Morrow and his wife at the airport for a flight to Cyprus.

“The club had taken care of it all: a week or so out of the media spotlight at a secret location,” Morrow says. “There had been media outside my house, people contacting me, newspaper exclusives offered that I didn’t understand. It was all just a massive confusion.”

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