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Full name Alexander Graham Doggart
Born June 2, 1897, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham
Died June 7, 1963, Bayswater, London (aged 66 years 5 days)
Major teams Cambridge University, Middlesex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Education Bishop's Stortford College; Cambridge University
Alexander Graham Doggart, chairman of the Football Association, a `double' Blue for Cambridge at soccer and cricket and a former MCC Committee member, who had played county cricket as an amateur with Durham and Middlesex, collapsed and died shortly after the start of the annual meeting of the Football Association in London on June 7. He was 66. He was a great games player and a great sportsman. Doggart was the star of the Corinthians' attack in the last and greatest spell of the famous amateur soccer club. He also won a full cap against Belgium in 1924. He was the highest scorer in the club's history, netting 160 goals in 170 games. Graham Doggart had also been a
very good cricketer - and had served on the committee of MCC. In two Varsity match appearances he scored 45 and 71, and in his first-class career between 1919 and 1930 scored 1,790 runs and took 88 wickets. He was better known as batsman than bowler. In both Varsity matches in which he played (1921-22) Cambridge won by an innings. For several years after the war he was a member of the full MCC Committee and succeeded to the FA Chairmanship in 1961 on the death of Arthur Drewry. Distinguished as player and then legislator, he was both the figurehead and friend of football and footballers, and will not only be missed in every sphere of the game, but - a mark of his stature - will be hard to replace. He was conspicuous for his patience in a game full of conflicting forces and opinions, and it was ironical that one of retiring disposition should in his last years rarely be far from publicity. His devotion to the game was mirrored in the circumstances of his death. Since a heart attack 12 years ago he had had to modify the extent of his activities'
and in recent months had been far from well.Among the many tributes paid was
one from Mr SC Griffith, secretary of MCC, who played club cricket with
Mr. Doggart. He said: `This is a heavy blow to me, for he was a personal friend for many years. With his death we have lost not only a great cricketer, but a splendid committee man and administrator whose services meant more to us
at Lord's than I can say.'His wife, who survives him, was his constant companion and great strength in football affairs in recent years. Their son, Hubert, gained Blues at five sports at Cambridge and played cricket for Sussex and England.
The Cricketer, July 1963
Alexander Graham Doggart, who died while occupying the chair at the annual meeting of the Football Association on June 7, aged 66, played both cricket and Association football for Cambridge University. Educated at Bishop's Stortford College, he saw service in the Army during the First World War before going to the University, where he got his Blue at cricket in 1921 and the following season. With innings of 45 and 71 he helped in substantial victories over Oxford. He also assisted Middlesex and Durham on occasion and in first-class matches between 1919 and 1930 he scored 1,790 runs, average 30.33, took 88 wickets for 31.14 runs each and held 48 catches. He was a member of the Sussex Committee and of the full M.C.C. Committee. As an inside-left, he appeared in the Cambridge football eleven in 1920 and 1921, gained a full International cap for England against Belgium in 1924 and took part in four Amateur Internationals. He was a leading forward for the famous Corinthians, scoring the goal by which they defeated Blackburn Rovers in the F. A. Cup in 1924, and played for Bishop Auckland and the Casuals.
Mr. S. C. Griffith, Secretary of M.C.C.: This is a heavy blow to me, for he was a personal friend of mine for many years. With his death we have lost not only a great cricketer, but a splendid committee-man and administrator whose services meant more to us at Lord's than I can say.
Mr. Denis Follows, Secretary of the Football Association: Graham was a man of high principles and tremendous sense of duty. He never spared himself in the interests of the Association and was punctilious in his attention to his duties. In spite of his health, he never gave up and died serving the game he loved and which he had adorned for so long both as a player and as an administrator.
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