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Alan James Ball (1945–2007) by Bob Thomas, 1975 Bob Thomas / Getty Images

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Ball, Alan James (1945–2007), footballer and football manager, was born on 12 May 1945 at 2 Brookhouse Avenue, Farnworth, Lancashire, the son of (James) Alan Ball, builder's joiner, later publican, and his wife, Violet, née Duckworth. His father was an occasional professional footballer with ...

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Sir Alec Victor Bedser (1918–2010) by unknown photographer, 1946 [right, with his twin brother, Eric Bedser] © Popperfoto / Getty Images

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Bedser, Sir Alec Victor (1918–2010), cricketer and businessman, was born on 4 July 1918 at his grandmother's house, 13 Pangbourne Street, Reading, one of twin sons of Arthur Bedser (1890–1978), a bricklayer then serving as an aircraftsman with the RAF, and his wife, ...

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Christopher William Brasher (1928–2003) by unknown photographer, 1956 © Popperfoto

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Brasher, Christopher William [Chris] (1928–2003), athlete, journalist, and businessman, was born on 21 August 1928 in Georgetown, British Guiana, the son of William Kenneth Brasher, a Colonial Office engineer, and his wife, Katie Howe Brasher. His family moved to Jerusalem and then, when ...

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Bunn, Douglas Henry David (1928–2009), equestrian and businessman, was born Douglas Henry David Honeybunn on 29 February 1928 at 16 George Street, Chichester, the third and youngest son of George Henry Charles Honeybunn (1885–1967), master greengrocer, and his wife, Alice Ann, née Philpot (1891–1986)...

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Clark, Roger Albert (1939–1998), rally driver and businessman, was born at 176 Leicester Road, Enderby, Leicestershire, on 5 August 1939, the eldest son of Joseph Clark, garage proprietor, and his wife, Cicerly Mary, née Branson. After leaving Hinckley grammar school in the late 1950s with five O-levels and a keen interest in sport, ...

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Jean Denton, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001) by Nick Sinclair, 1992 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Denton [née Moss], Jean, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001), rally driver, businesswoman, and politician, was born on 29 December 1935 at 103 Broadway, Wakefield, Yorkshire, the elder of two daughters of Charles Josiah Moss, stationery store keeper, later hospital supplies clerk, and his wife, ...

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(William) Bernard Ganley (1927–2009) by Edward Woolley, 1958 © Oldham Evening Chronicle

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Ganley, (William) Bernard (1927–2009), rugby league player, broadcaster, and accountant, was born on 27 January 1927 at 27 Buck Street, Leigh, Lancashire, the son of William Herbert (Bert) Ganley (1890–1970), fruit merchant, and his wife, Anne Mary, née Davies (1895–1970). His father had been a professional rugby league player with ...

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Gold, Sir Arthur Abraham (1917–2002), businessman and sports administrator, was born on 10 January 1917 at 97 Sandringham Road, Dalston, London, the son of Mark Gold, a Jewish taxi-driver and later garage proprietor, and his wife, Leah, formerly Goldstein. He was brought up in ...

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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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John Norman Haynes (1934–2005) by Ken Coton, 1966 © Ken Coton; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Haynes, John Norman [Johnny] (1934–2005), footballer and businessman, was born on 17 October 1934 at the Middlesex Hospital Annexe, St Pancras, London, the son of Edward Robert Haynes, printer's packer, later Post Office clerical assistant, of 3 Grafton Terrace, St Pancras, and his wife, ...

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Llewellyn, Sir Henry Morton [Harry], third baronet (1911–1999), showjumper and businessman, was born on 18 July 1911 at Fairfield, near Aberdâr, Glamorgan, the second son and second child in the family of four sons and four daughters of Sir David Richard Llewellyn, first baronet...

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Thomas Lord (1755–1832) by unknown artist Marylebone Cricket Club, London / Bridgeman Art Library

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Lord, Thomas (1755–1832), founder of Lord's cricket ground and businessman, was born on 23 November 1755 at Thirsk, Yorkshire, the son of William Lord, a labourer from a Roman Catholic family. Lord's ancestors had suffered for their allegiance to the Jacobite cause and had had their lands sequestered, forcing his father to work as a labourer. The family moved to ...

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Machell, James Octavius (1837–1902), racehorse owner and manager, born at Etton rectory, near Beverley, Yorkshire, on 5 December 1837, was the son of Robert Machell (1797–1860), vicar of Marton in Cleveland, who was descended from an old Westmorland family, and his first wife, ...