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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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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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Cook, Sir Theodore Andrea (1867–1928), journalist and sportsman, was born on 28 March 1867 at Exmouth, Devon, the second son of Henry Cook (d. 1884), an assistant master at a preparatory school in Exmouth, and his second wife, Jane Elizabeth Robins, an artist who had exhibited at the ...

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Dixon, Henry Hall [pseuds. the Druid, General Chasse] (1822–1870), sporting writer, was born on 16 May 1822 in Carlisle, Cumberland, the second son of Peter Dixon (1789–1866), a cotton manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah Rebecca, daughter of General Tredway Clarke. He was educated at ...

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Glasgow, Raymond Charles Robertson- (1901–1965), cricketer and journalist, was born on 15 July 1901 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, the younger son of Colonel Robert Purdon Robertson-Glasgow (1868–1937), and his wife, Muriel Barbara Holt-Wilson (d. 1946). The family owned an estate at Craigmyle, Aberdeenshire...

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J. S. Cotton

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Mansfield, Robert Blachford (1824–1908), author and sportsman, born at Rowner, Hampshire, on 1 February 1824, was the second son of John Mansfield, rector of Rowner, and the younger brother of Charles Blachford Mansfield. His mother was Winifred, eldest daughter of Robert Pope Blachford...

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Marston, Edward (1825–1914), publisher, writer, and angler, was born on 14 February 1825 in Lydbury, Shropshire, the son of Richard Marston (1791–1875), a farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Bright (1793–1845). Three years later the family relocated to Montgomeryshire, and two years after that to a farm in ...

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Warburton, Rowland Eyles Egerton (1804–1891), fox-hunter and poet, was born on 14 September 1804 at Norley Bank, Cheshire, the eldest son of the Revd Rowland Egerton (1778–1846), who added the name Warburton by royal licence on 10 August 1813, and his wife, Emma (1782–1881)...

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Thomas Seccombe

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Westwood, Thomas (1814–1888), poet and bibliographer of angling, was born on 26 November 1814 at Westwood Cottage, The Chase, Enfield, and was baptized at St Andrew's, Enfield, on 1 January 1815, the youngest son of Thomas Westwood of Enfield and his wife, Mary...