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Alcock, Charles William (1842–1907), sports administrator and writer, was born on 2 December 1842 at 10 Norfolk Street, Sunderland, the second child of six sons and three daughters of Charles Alcock (d. 1881), a shipowner and later a shipbroker and insurance broker, and his wife, ...

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Charles William Alcock (1842–1907) by James Russell & Sons Marylebone Cricket Club Photo Library

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Anthony, Donald William James [Don] (1928–2012), athlete, sports administrator, and historian, was born at 43 Middle Ope, Watford, on 6 November 1928, the son of George Anthony, bricklayer, and his wife, Annie Eva, née Starkey. Educated at Watford grammar school, he excelled at sport, playing for ...

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Bassey, Okon Asuguo [known as Hogan Bassey, Hogan Kid Bassey] (1932–1998), boxer and sports administrator, was born in Creek Town, Calabar, Nigeria, on 3 June 1932, the eldest of five sons of Chief Asuquo Bassey. He was educated at Creek Town School, Calabar...

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Okon Asuguo Bassey (1932–1998) by Bernard Zimmerman, 1958 [left, with Jules Touan] © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Brookes, William Penny (1809–1895), surgeon and campaigner for the revival of the Olympic games, was born on 13 August 1809 at 4 Wilmore Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, the first of the five children of William Brookes (1776–1830), doctor, and his wife, Mary Doughty (1786–1869)...

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William Penny Brookes (1809–1895) by unknown photographer, 1880s courtesy of Wenlock Olympian Society

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Chambers, John Graham (1843–1883), sports administrator and journalist, was born on 12 February 1843, at Llanelli House, Llanelli, south Wales, the son of William Chambers, landowner, and Joanna Trant Speke Payne, daughter of Captain S. J. Speke Payne RN. He was educated first in ...

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Dover, Robert (1581/2–1652), organizer of the Cotswold Olimpick games, was born in Great Ellingham, Norfolk, the second son of John Dover, gentleman. He went to Queens' College, Cambridge, as a sizar, matriculating on 15 June 1595, but left without taking a degree. In 1599, at the age of seventeen, he was examined at ...

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Robert Dover (1581/22–1652) by unknown artist, 1636 [Dover figure in front centre] © The British Library