Gary Lewin

Gary Lewin
Born Gary Lewin
(1964-05-16) 16 May 1964
East Ham, London
Nationality British
Education BSc (hons) Dip Phys, MCSP, SRP
Alma mater Guy's Hospital (1983–1986)
Occupation Physiotherapist for the England national football team
Employer The Football Association

Gary Lewin (born 16 May 1964) is the current permanent first-team physiotherapist for the England national football team. He was formerly head physiotherapist at Arsenal Football Club, having been at the club between 1980 and 2008, when his cousin (Colin Lewin) took over after his departure.


He joined Arsenal as a young goalkeeper aged 16, and became reserve-team physio at the age of 19, after a one-year spell at Barnet as a player. He trained at Guy's Hospital School of Physiotherapy from 1983 to 1986, before returning to Arsenal in 1986 as first -team physiotherapist.[1]

He has a BSc (hons) in Biology, a Diploma in Physiotherapy, is a Member of the College of Sports Physiotherapists, and is a State Registered Physiotherapist.[1] He has become an expert on hamstring injuries, due to his experiences with Tony Adams, and advised Birmingham City's physio's on the treatment of often-injured midfielder David Dunn.[2]

During the 2007 Football League Cup Final on 25 February 2007, Lewin was close to the incident where Chelsea skipper John Terry was hit in the face by Abou Diaby's foot during a corner in the Arsenal penalty area. Terry swallowed his tongue and Lewin was the first physio that rushed over and assisted Terry, possibly saving his life.[3] This is not the only time he has done this - in 1989, he almost had to break David Rocastle's jaw to perform the same life-saving treatment.[4] More recently, Lewin has been credited by then Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva with saving da Silva's foot and career after a broken leg suffered on February 23, 2008.[5]

Lewin was first-team physio at Arsenal for 22 years, and from 1996 onwards was also physio for the England national football team as well. His time at Arsenal came to an end when he became the Head of Physiotherapy to the England Senior Men's Football Team for the Football Association on 1 August 2008.[6]

Following Gary Lewin's switch to the full-time England job, his cousin Colin Lewin has taken over at Arsenal.[7]

During England's first game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, against Italy, Lewin was stretchered off. During the celebrations for the equalising goal by Daniel Sturridge, Lewin jumped up and slipped on some synthetic turf, and was later diagnosed with a dislocation to his left ankle and from that dislocation he fractured the fibula in two places, fractured the back of the tibia and also ruptured the ligaments.[8]

Gary Lewin is also a trustee of the Brain & Spine Foundation, the only UK wide charity providing medical information and emotional support on the full range of neurological conditions.


  1. 1 2 "Gary Lewin". Archived from the original on 2 May 2008.
  2. "Grateful Dunn Hails Arsenal Staff". 4 December 2004. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  3. Lawton, Matt (27 February 2007). "You saved my life: Terry pays tribute to England physio". Daily Mail. London.
  4. "Soccer Shorts". The Straits Times. 13 November 1989. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  5. Nathanson, Patrick (27 February 2008). "How Arsenal physio Lewin saved Eduardo". Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  6. "FA rub off major coup as Arsenal's top physio Gary Lewin's joins England full-time". Daily Mail. London. 7 June 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2008.
  7. "Colin Lewin". Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  8. Martin Samuel (3 July 2014). "England physio Gary Lewin's horrific ankle injury against Italy compared by witnesses to Eduardo leg break". The Telegraph. Retrieved 25 November 2014.


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