Arsenal won footballs best toilets award – and even got an interactive trophy

Arsenal once an award for having the "best toilets in football" and even got an interactive trophy as a reward.

The Gunners' Emirates Stadium is seen as being one of the most impressive sporting venues in England since it's official opening in the summer of 2006. However, it was their former home, Highbury, which earned them the honour of having the best toilets in football following the ground's redevelopment to make it into an all-seater stadium in line with post-Hillsborough disaster requirements.

After work on the stadium was carried out between 1992 and 1993, then vice-chairman David Dein was invited to a ceremony where he received a unique trophy to mark the honour.

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Recalling the story, he told Sky Sports News: “So when we were building, we had to build after Hillsborough, we had the Lord Justice Taylor report, so we had to convert our stadium to all-seater and we had the North Bank.

“So I was talking to the architects and I said ‘look, you know the thing that always bothers me is that there is never enough toilet space for people at half-time.’ He said ‘well the normal rate is 60 to 70 men for one urinal and about 30 for women.’

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“I said ‘well, I want half of that. I want to double it to make sure that people can get in easily.’ So he said ‘well it’ll take up a lot of space’ and I said ‘I don’t care let’s do it.’

“Rolling the film forwards about six months afterwards, the architect said to me ‘we’re up for an award, our company, would you mind coming to the awards with us?’ I said ‘certainly’. Then the next thing, the MC says ‘and the best toilets in football go to Arsenal Football Club’ and I got this award.”

Dein then held up the miniature toilet he received as a trophy for winning the award before showing that it even makes a noise when flushed!

Having been appointed in 1983 after buying shares from then chairman Peter Hill-Wood, Dein served as Arsenal vice-chairman for 24 years until leaving his role in 2007.

During that time, he oversaw the formation of the Premier League, the club's success under Arsene Wenger and the move to the Emirates Stadium.


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