George Mann (cricketer)

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George Mann
CBE DSO MC
Francis George Mann 1947.jpg
Mann in 1947
Personal information
Full nameFrancis George Mann
Born(1917-09-06)6 September 1917
Byfleet, Surrey, England
Died8 August 2001(2001-08-08) (aged 83)
Stockcross, Berkshire, England
BattingRight-handed
Relations Frank Mann (father)
John Pelham Mann (brother)
Simon Mann (son)
International information
National side
Test debut16 December 1948 v  South Africa
Last Test28 June 1949 v  New Zealand
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches7166
Runs scored3766,350
Batting average 37.6025.91
100s/50s1/07/32
Top score136* 136*
Balls bowled414
Wickets 3
Bowling average 129.66
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match0
Best bowling2/16
Catches/stumpings 3/–72/–
Source: CricInfo, 29 July 2020

Francis George Mann, CBE , DSO , MC (6 September 1917 – 8 August 2001) was an English cricketer, who played for Cambridge University, Middlesex and England. [1] He was born at Byfleet, Surrey and died at Stockcross, Berkshire.

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As a cricketer, George Mann was a right-handed middle-order batsman. His father, Frank Mann, also captained England, making them the first father and son to both captain England. [2] Colin and Chris Cowdrey are the only other father and son to have done this for England.[ citation needed ]

Early life and education

Mann was born on 6 September 1917 in Byfleet, Surrey, England. [3] [4] The son of Frank Mann, he was the brother of John Pelham Mann. He was educated at Eton College, an all-boys public school, and captained the school's cricket XI in 1936. [5] He was also a member of the Eton College Contingent of the Officer Training Corps, and reached the rank of cadet under-officer. [6] He studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. [3] While at Cambridge, he earned two cricketing blues, having represented the university in 1938 and 1939. [5]

Military service

Mann served in the British Army during the Second World War, having joined up before the outbreak of war. [5] On 8 July 1939, he was commissioned in the Royal Welch Fusiliers as a second lieutenant. [6] He transferred to the Scots Guards on 13 March 1940. [7] He was awarded the Military Cross (MC) in 1942. [4] On 28 June 1945, the then temporary major Mann was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy". [8]

Mann maintained his links with the army after the war. On 8 July 1949, he was moved from the Supplementary Reserve of Officers to the Regular Army Reserve of Officers, and was granted the honorary rank of major. [9] Having reached the age limit, he resigned his commission on 6 September 1967 and was permitted to retain his honorary rank. [10]

Cricketing career

Mann captained England in each of his seven Test matches, winning two, and drawing the other five; his father had also been captain in every Test he played in. Wisden said of Mann: "as a captain he was ideal, zealous to a degree, and considerate in all things at all times".[ citation needed ] After leading England in South Africa in 1948/49, Mann led his side for two Tests in the following summer, before he stood down, citing inability to participate regularly due to his family's brewing business commitments (Mann, Crossman & Paulin). [11]

Mann was chairman of the Test and County Cricket Board (TCCB) from 1978 to 1983. [4] He was therefore chairman during the controversy over the rebel tour which Geoff Boycott and Graham Gooch led to South Africa in 1982.

Later life

Mann was a main board director and retained his position on the new company board when his family brewery merged with Watney Combe & Reid in 1958. [11] He was non-executive Deputy Chairman of the Extel Group from 1980 to 1986.

Mann died on 8 August 2001 in Stockcross, Berkshire, England. [4]

Personal life

In 1949, Mann married Margaret Hildegarde Marshall Clark. Together they had four children: three sons and one daughter. His wife predeceased him, dying in 1995. [3]

Mann's son, Simon, was sentenced for thirty-four years in Equatorial Guinea in 2008, on charges related to an attempted coup in 2004, but was pardoned on 2 November 2009.

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References

  1. "George Mann". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  2. Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 116. ISBN   1-869833-21-X.
  3. 1 2 3 'MANN, (Francis) George', Who Was Who , A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014; online edn, April 2014 accessed 24 Nov 2017
  4. 1 2 3 4 Hodgson, Derek (16 August 2001). "George Mann". The Independent . Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  5. 1 2 3 "George Mann". The Daily Telegraph . 13 August 2001. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  6. 1 2 "No. 34643". The London Gazette . 7 July 1939. p. 4667.
  7. "No. 34809". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 March 1940. p. 1464.
  8. "No. 37151". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 June 1945. p. 3375.
  9. "No. 38659". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 July 1949. pp. 3337–3338.
  10. "No. 44401". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 September 1967. p. 9668.
  11. 1 2 Janes, Hurford (1963). The Red Barrel: A History of Watney Mann. John Murray. p. 175.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Norman Yardley
English national cricket Captain
1948/91949
Succeeded by
Freddie Brown
Preceded by
Walter Robins
Middlesex County Cricket Captain
19481949
Succeeded by
Walter Robins