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Bertram "Bertie" Mee OBE (25 December 1918 – 22 October 2001) was an Englishmarker football player and manager, noted for managing Arsenal to their first Double win in 1971. He was the younger brother of fellow footballer Georgie Mee.

Early life

Born in Bulwellmarker, Nottinghamshiremarker, Mee played for Derby County and Mansfield Town as a young man, but his playing career was cut short by injury. In 1940–41, Mee made 16 guest appearances for Southampton, scoring twice.

Mee joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and trained as a physiotherapist, and spent six years, rising to the rank of sergeant. After leaving, he worked for various football clubs as a physiotherapist, before joining Arsenal in 1960, succeeding Billy Milne.


After the sacking of Billy Wright in 1966, the club asked Mee to become manager, a highly surprising move, perhaps even to the man himself; Mee asked for a get-out clause for him to return to physiotherapist after twelve months if it didn't work out. Mee recruited Dave Sexton and Don Howe as his assistants, in order to make up for any tactical shortcomings of his own.

Arsenal hadn't won a trophy since 1953, but under Mee, with a crop of players from Arsenal's youth system, such as Charlie George, John Radford, Pat Rice and Ray Kennedy, began to show promise. Arsenal reached two successive League Cup finals in 1968 and 1969, but lost them both to Leeds United and Swindon Town respectively. However, the following season, the club won its first European trophy and its first trophy of any kind for 17 years, beating Anderlecht to claim the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, 4-3 on aggregate; after being 3-0 down in the away leg, Arsenal grabbed a late consolation and then beat the Belgian side 3-0 at Highburymarker.

The Fairs Cup was only the warmup for the main act, namely the FA Cup and League Double win in 1971. The League title was won at White Hart Lanemarker, home of their deadly rivals Tottenham Hotspur, on Monday May 3rd, the last day of the season; five days later Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 at Wembleymarker after extra-time, the winning goal scored by Charlie George. It was only the second time a club had won a Double in the twentieth century.

Despite heavy spending in the transfer market, Mee's Arsenal could not build on this success. They lost the 1972 Cup final to Leeds and gradually drifted into mid-table obscurity. The departure of players like Charlie George and Frank McLintock had a negative effect. Mee announced his resignation in 1976 as Arsenal's most successful manager in terms of victories with 241 wins, a number that would not be surpassed until 2006 by Arsène Wenger.


He would later join Watford as assistant to Graham Taylor in 1978 in charge of scouting (where he was credited with discovering John Barnes), and later became a director of the Hornets before retiring in 1991.

Mee was made an OBE in 1984 for services to football. He died in Londonmarker at the age of 82, in 2001.


  1. "Sons and Daughters" - Bob's '70-71 Footballers
  2. "Bertie Mee dies" - BBC Sport

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