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Full name Archibald John Burgess Fowler
Born April 1, 1891, Marylebone, London
Died May 7, 1977, Basingstoke, Hampshire (aged 86 years 36 days)
Major teams Middlesex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Other Umpire, Coach, Scorer
Relation Son-in-law - GEE Lambert
FOWLER, ARCHIBALD JOHN BURGESS, who died on May 7 in London, aged 86, had many trials for Middlesex as a slow left-armer between 1921 and 1931 and received his County Cap. He never quite made his place secure, but must have been fairly near it in 1924 when he took 5 for 29 against Lancashire, then a very strong side. Later in the mid-thirties he succeeded George Fenner as head coach at Lord's. Those of us who regard Fenner as one of the finest coaches we have ever known realise what it means that Fowler was in his turn regarded as outstanding. He constantly umpired at Lord's and finally for many years acted as scorer, his connection with the ground extending in all for over half a century. He was a Life Member of the Middlesex County Cricket Club.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
Archie Fowler spent 60 years at Lord's, first as player then successively as first-class umpire, coach, and scorer. His round, smiling face - nut-brown in the sunnier summers - was for many generations a familiar part of the Lord's scene. As a slow left-arm bowler Archie was on the fringe of the 1921 Middlesex side which, under F. T. Mann, retained the Championship. However, coaching was his real metier, and when George Fenner, MCC's first head coach, retired prematurely owing to ill-health in the early 'thirties he was appointed to the job, and had a big hand in developing a fine bunch of young cricketers, among whom Denis Compton was his special pride and joy.
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