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Abrahams, Harold Maurice (1899–1978), athlete and civil servant, was born at 30 Rutland Road, Bedford, on 15 December 1899, the youngest in the family of two daughters and four sons of Isaac Klonimus (1850–1921) of Vladislavovka in Russian-occupied Poland and his wife, Esther Isaacs...

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Aislabie, Benjamin (1774–1842), wine merchant and cricket administrator, was born on 14 January 1774 in Newington Green, Middlesex, the third son, and sixth and last child, of Rawson Aislabie, soap and wine merchant of Newington Green, and his wife, Frances Rayson, of Dunham, Nottinghamshire...

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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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Alexander, Frederick Matthias (1869–1955), originator of the Alexander technique and teacher, was born on 20 January 1869 at Wynyard, north-west Tasmania, the eldest of seven children of John Alexander (1843–1936), farmer and blacksmith, and his wife, Betsy Brown (d. 1923), a nurse....

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Allardice, Robert Barclay [known as Captain Barclay] (1779–1854), pedestrian, was the son of Robert Barclay (1731–1797) of Ury, Kincardineshire, founder of the town of Stonehaven, who took the name of Allardice upon his marriage to Sarah Ann Allardice (d. 1833) in 1776. The marriage was dissolved in 1793, and ...

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Allen, Sir George Oswald Browning [Gubby] (1902–1989), cricketer and cricket administrator, was born on 31 July 1902 in Sydney, Australia, the younger son and second of the three children of Sir Walter Macarthur Allen (1870–1943) and his wife, Marguerite Julie (Pearl), daughter of ...

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Allison, Malcolm Alexander (1927–2010), footballer, football coach, and football manager, was born on 5 September 1927 at Summerhill, Oakfield Lane, Dartford, Kent, the eldest in the family of four sons and one daughter of Archibald Allison (1907–1974), electrical engineer, and his wife, Doris Myrtle, ...

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Ames, Leslie Ethelbert George (1905–1990), cricketer, was born at Fairfield House, Elham, Kent, on 3 December 1905, the son of Harold Ames, accountant, and his wife, Edith Broadbridge. He attended the Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, and was unusual in his day in embarking on a career as a professional cricketer after a grammar school education. He left school at seventeen and was apprenticed in his cousin's grocery business, but a year later he joined the ...

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Angelo, Domenico [formerly Angiolo Domenico Maria Tremamondo] (1717–1802), fencing master, was born on 6 February 1717 in the Italian seaport of Leghorn, the eldest of six brothers, sons of Giovanni Tremamondo, a merchant from Leghorn, and his wife, Catrina Angiola, née Malevolti...

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Apperley, Charles James [pseud. Nimrod] (1778–1843), writer on sport, was born on 22 July 1778 at Plasgronow, near Wrexham, Denbighshire, the second son and the fourth of eight children of Thomas Apperley (1730–1814) and his wife, Anne, daughter of the Welsh poet the ...

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Applebee, Constance Mary Katherine (1873–1981), promoter of women's field hockey, was born Katherine Mary at Chigwell Row, Chigwell, Essex, on 4 June 1873, the daughter of James Kay Applebee (1827–1903), a Unitarian minister and lecturer, and his second wife, Katherine Ann Applebee, née...

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Applegarth, William Reuben [Bill] (1890–1958), athlete, was born at 3 Union Street, Guisborough, Yorkshire, on 11 May 1890, the son of Henry Applegarth, a journeyman grocer, and his wife, Harriet, née Bulmer. Soon after his birth the family moved to Kentish Town, London...

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Archer, Frederick James [Fred] (1857–1886), jockey, born at St George's Cottage, Cheltenham, on 11 January 1857, was the second son in the family of three sons and two daughters of William Archer, a steeplechase jockey who won the 1858 Grand National and who later became landlord of the ...

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Aspinall, John Victor (1926–2000), gambler and zoo owner, was born on 11 June 1926 at Delhi, India, the second son of Mary Grace (1904–1987), daughter of Clement Samuel Horn, engineer, and wife of Colonel Robert Stivala Aspinall (1895–1954), of the Indian Medical Service (IMS), serving in ...

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Astley, Sir John Dugdale, third baronet (1828–1894), sportsman, a descendant of Thomas de Astley, who was slain at Evesham in 1265, and of Jacob Astley, Lord Astley, was the eldest son of Sir Francis Dugdale Astley, second baronet (1805–1873), of Everleigh, near Marlborough...

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Austin, Henry Wilfred [Bunny] (1906–2000), tennis player and evangelist, was born at 11 Crescent Road, South Norwood, Croydon, on 26 August 1906, the son of Wilfred Austin, stock jobber, and his wife, Kate Leah Cock. He seems to have acquired the nickname Bunny...

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Bailey, Emmanuel McDonald [Mac] (1920–2013), athlete, was born on 8 December 1920 in the village of Hard Bargain, Williamsville, Trinidad. He was educated at Tranquility Boys' School in Port of Spain (of which his father, Charles McDonald Bailey, was headmaster) and Queen's Royal College for Boys...

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Bailey, Trevor Edward (1923–2011), cricketer, broadcaster, and journalist, was born on 3 December 1923 at 11 Imperial Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, the younger son (there were no daughters) of Bertrand Fothergill Bailey (1884–1947), a civil servant at the Admiralty, and his wife, Muriel Elsie, ...

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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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Barnes, Sydney Francis (1873–1967), cricketer, was born on 19 April 1873 at Cross Street, Smethwick, Staffordshire, the second son of the five children of Richard Barnes, a metal tester and later foreman shipper, who worked in Birmingham for the Muntz Metal Company for sixty-three years, and his wife, ...