Vic Akers

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Vic Akers
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Personal information
Full name Victor David Akers
Date of birth (1946-08-24) 24 August 1946 (age 70)
Place of birth Islington, London, England
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Arsenal (kit manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Tonbridge
1969–1971 Bexley United
1971–1975 Cambridge United 129 (5)
1975–1976 Watford 22 (0)
1976-1978 Dartford
1978-1980 Hayes 78 (7)
1980-1984 Slough Town
1984-1986 Carshalton Athletic
Teams managed
1987–2009 Arsenal Ladies
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Victor David Akers, OBE (born 24 August 1946) is a former football player and manager. Akers played as a defender wherein the role of a left back. He was also manager of Arsenal Ladies winning numerous trophies with the team. Akers is currently Arsenal's kit manager, a position he has held since 1996.[1][2][3]

Playing career[edit]

Born in Islington, London, Akers started his career in the youth set-up with Fulham but did not sign a professional contract with the club.[4] He moved into non-league football with Tonbridge (where his consistency at left-back meant that the young Malcolm Macdonald was forced to play as a left-footed right back, before converting to striker when he joined Newcastle), before signing for Bexley United in May 1969.[4] In July 1971 he signed for Cambridge United for £5000, and was part of the side that claimed the club's first Football League Second Division promotion in 1973.[4] He made 129 league appearances for Cambridge before joining Watford in July 1975 for a fee thought to be either £1000 or £2000.[4] He was an ever-present for the first half of the club's first season back in the Fourth Division after relegation, making 22 league appearances as well as a further 4 in cup competitions.[4] In July 1976 he joined Dartford for free, helping them win the Southern League Cup of 1977.[4] He went on to play for Hayes in 1978, and by October 1980 had joined Slough Town winning a treble of Isthmian League Premier Division, Berks and Bucks Senior Cup and the Isthmian League Cup of 1981.[4][5] By March 1984 he was playing for Carshalton Athletic where he spent two years at and away from Colston Avenue. Akers then joined Arsenal as the head of the club's community section.[4]

Management career[edit]

Akers was appointed head of Arsenal's community section in 1986 and in 1987 founded the Arsenal Ladies team. He thus managed Arsenal Ladies to every major trophy in English women's football winning the FA Women's Cup ten times, the FA Women's Premier League Cup ten times and the FA Women's Premier League eleven times.[6] Akers, in so doing, attained five League and FA Women's Cup Doubles and four domestic Trebles. Akers also won the UEFA Women's Cup with Arsenal in 2007, being the first English side to do so.[6] He retired in 2009 from the Arsenal Ladies post having won thirty-two major trophies in total.[6] He is Arsenal's kit manager, where he is assisted by his son Paul.[7]

Akers was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours.[8][9]

Honours[edit]

Playing career[edit]

[5]

Cambridge United
Dartford
Slough Town

Managerial career[edit]

Arsenal Ladies[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vic Akers OBE: Profile". Arsenal.com. 
  2. ^ "Vic Akers OBE, Ladies Staff:Profile". Arsenal.com. 
  3. ^ a b "Arsenal Ladies: Honours". Arsenal.com. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Jones, Trefor (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. Surrey: T.G Jones. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1. , pp 21
  5. ^ a b "Vic Akers: Profile". Slough Town FC.net. 
  6. ^ a b c "Akers honoured at FA Women's Awards". Arsenal.com. 
  7. ^ "Paul Akers". Arsenal.com. 
  8. ^ "(Supplement) no. 59282". The London Gazette. 31 December 2009. p. 8. 
  9. ^ "New Year honours list: OBEs". The Guardian. London. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
n/a
Arsenal Ladies Manager
1987–2009
Succeeded by
Tony Gervaise