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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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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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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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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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McCarthy, Daniel (1883–1957), sports administrator and politician, was born at 50 Upper Dorset Street, Dublin, on 22 January 1883, the son of John McCarthy, a coach finisher, and his wife, Bridget, née Rabbit. A product of the reawakening of Irish culture in the late nineteenth century who pursued his beliefs into the political arena, he was active in the ...

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Nowlan, James (1855–1924), sports administrator, was born in Kilkenny. His working profession was as a cooper, but his main interest lay with the Irish cultural revival of the late nineteenth century. From the late 1870s he became a keen advocate of the Irish language movement and of traditional pastimes. As an alderman of ...

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Thompson, Edith Marie (1877–1961), sports and empire settlement administrator, was born at 44 Russell Road, Kensington, London, on 19 May 1877, the only daughter of William Frederic Thompson (1847/8–1921), barrister and mineral and chemical merchant, and his wife, Marie Charlotte, née Warde (1849/50–1900)...