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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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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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Lynn, William (1792–1870), hotelier and sports promoter, was born in 1792 at East Grinstead, but nothing else is known about his early life. He first ventured into the catering trade in London before moving to Liverpool, where in the 1820s he leased the ...

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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, Thomas Assheton (1776–1858), quarry owner and sportsman, was born in Queen Anne Street, Cavendish Square, London, on 2 August 1776. He was the second of the nine children of Thomas Assheton Smith (1752–1828), a landowner and MP, and his wife, Elizabeth (...