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

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

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

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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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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

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Elvin, Sir Arthur James (1899–1957), sports promoter, was born in Norwich on 5 July 1899, the son of John Elvin, a police officer who died while his son was still at school, and his wife, Charlotte Elizabeth, née Holley. Arthur (as he was always known) left his local school at fourteen and after a variety of jobs joined the ...

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Hadingham, Reginald Edward Hawke [Buzzer] (1915–2004), businessman and tennis administrator, was born on 6 December 1915 at 30 Beukplein, The Hague, one of four sons of Edward Wallace (Tim) Hadingham, naval officer and businessman, and his wife, (Ethel) Irene Penelope, née Gwynne-Evans. He was born in the ...

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Hartman, Dame (Gladys) Marea (1920–1994), sports administrator, was born on 22 June 1920 at 33 Honeybrook Road, Clapham, London, the daughter of Ernest George Hartman and Esther Brook, who both worked in the hotel catering trade and eventually rose to senior positions at the ...

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Heatly, Sir Peter (1924–2015), civil engineer, diver, and sports administrator, was born on 9 June 1924 at the Royal Maternity and Simpson Memorial Hospital, Edinburgh, the son of Robert Heatly (1901–1968), plumber, and his wife, Margaret Ann, née Sproull (1898–1955...

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Jackson, Clement Nugent (1846–1924), sports administrator, was born in Simla, India, on 2 April 1846, the second son of Lieutenant-General George Jackson (1812–1889), of the Bengal staff corps. Educated at Somerset College, Bath, in 1864 he was awarded a scholarship to Magdalen Hall, Oxford...

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Jackson, Nicholas Lane [called Pa Jackson] (1849–1937), sports administrator, was born on 1 November 1849 at 14 Southgate Road, De Beauvoir Town, Middlesex, the son of Nicholas Lane Jackson, a cheesemonger, and his wife, Mary Prior. His family had a long association with the west country. He grew up in ...

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Laffan, Robert Stuart de Courcy (1853–1927), sports administrator and Church of England clergyman, was born in London on 18 January 1853, the eldest of four sons of Lieutenant-General Sir Robert Michael Laffan, governor of Bermuda, and his wife, Emma, née Norsworthy (1829/30–1896). During his father's military service, he had travelled widely, and attended schools in ...

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See Larcombe [née Thomson], Ethel Warneford

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Ley, Sir Francis, first baronet (1846–1916), industrialist and promoter of sport, was born on 3 January 1846 in Burton upon Trent, the only surviving child of George Phillips Ley (1821–1886), for over forty years the high bailiff of the Burton upon Trent county court...

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Light, Hilda Mary (1890–1969), sports administrator, was born at Woodridings, Pinner, Middlesex, on 6 September 1890, the elder daughter in the family of two daughters and one son of George Miller Light (1856–1920), solicitor, and his wife, Catherine Elizabeth, née Jackson (1857–1944). Her mother, a gold medallist at the ...