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Bentley, John James (1860–1918), journalist and football administrator, was born at Chapel Town, Turton, Lancashire, on 14 June 1860, the third of four sons of John Bentley, a grocer, and his wife, Ann Beavan. Turton was only a small village but what may have been the first football club in ...

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Chapman, Herbert (1878–1934)

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Chapman, Herbert (1878–1934), football manager, was born on 19 January 1878 at 17 Kiveton Wales, Kiveton Park, Yorkshire, a small mining village between Worksop and Sheffield. His father, John, was a coalminer who with his wife, Emma Haynes, had five other sons and one daughter. ...

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Cullis, Stanley [Stan] (1916–2001), footballer and football manager, was born on 25 October 1916 at 58 Oldfield Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, the youngest in the family of five boys and five girls of William Cullis, a pipe-fitter, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Walters...

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Houlding, John (1833?–1902), brewer and football club sponsor, was born in Tenterden Street, off Scotland Road, Liverpool, probably in 1833, the year his father, Thomas Houlding, established himself there as a cow keeper and dairyman. His parents came from Lancashire farming stock....

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Marindin, Sir Francis Arthur (1838–1900), soldier, railway inspector, and football administrator, was born in Weymouth, Dorset, on 1 May 1838. Of Huguenot descent, he was the second son of the Revd Samuel Marindin (1807–1852), originally from Chesterton in Shropshire, and his wife, Isabella...

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John Edward Thompson Milburn (1924–1988) by unknown photographer, 1955 Getty Images

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Milburn, John Edward Thompson [Jackie] (1924–1988), footballer, was born on 11 May 1924 at 14 Sixth Row, Ashington, Northumberland, the eldest of three children of Alexander (Alec) Milburn and his wife, Annie (Nance) Thompson (c.1900–c.1982). His father was a coalminer from a family with a strong footballing tradition. ...

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Cuthbert John Ottaway (1850–1878) by unknown photographer, c.1867 Principal and Fellows of Brasenose College, Oxford

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Ottaway, Cuthbert John (1850–1878), sportsman, was born at Hammond Place, Dover, Kent, on 19 July 1850, the only child of James Cuthbert Ottaway (1810/11–1891), surgeon and mayor of Dover, and his wife, Jane, née Bridge (1819/20–1886). He was educated at Eton College (1863–9), where he was a king's scholar and a pupil of ...

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Robert Paisley (1919–1996) by unknown photographer, c. 1981 Getty Images

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Paisley, Robert [Bob] (1919–1996), football manager, was born on 23 January 1919 at 7 Avenue, Hetton-le-Hole, co. Durham, the second of four sons of Samuel Paisley (1894/5–1978), coal hewer, and his wife, Emily, née Bunker. His soccer talent was brought on at Barrington junior...

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Prest, William (1830–1885), football administrator and wine merchant, was born in York, probably on 1 April 1830, one of five sons of John Prest, a successful merchant in the city, and his wife, Arabella. He attended private schools in York from c.1840 to 1848. His father bought ...

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Smith, Gilbert Oswald [G. O., Jo] (1872–1943), footballer and schoolmaster, was born at Chesham House, Warham Road, Croydon, Surrey, on 25 November 1872, the third son of Robert Smith, a merchant, and his wife, Margaret, née Bannerman. He was educated from 1886 to 1892 at ...