Andrew Stephen

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Sir Andrew Stephen (20 May 1906–25 February 1980) was a chairman of Sheffield Wednesday F.C. and the Football Association.[1] He was born to a family of tenant farmers near Aberdeen.[2] He trained as a doctor at the University of Aberdeen's School of Medicine and qualified in 1928.[3] Two years later Stephen moved to Sheffield to become a General Practitioner. In 1946 he joined Sheffield Wednesday as their medical officer. Four years later he joined the club's board and in 1956 became chairman. From 1958 he also held the post of the club's representative to the British Association of Sport and Medicine

In January 1967, whilst still chairman of The Owls, Stephen became the first Scottish person to be elected as chairman of the Football Association.[3] He was knighted in The Queen's birthday honours list on 3 June 1972.[4] The following year he stepped down as chairman of Sheffield Wednesday, although he carried on his roles of club representative to the BASM and as chairman of the FA until the end of the 1975-76 season. He remained a member of FIFA's Medical Committee until his death.

Stephen died at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield on 25 February 1980 at the age of 73, leaving behind his wife and three sons.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Players, Managers and Administrators". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. Archived from the original on 2 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  2. ^ Miles, Alice; Rumbelow, Helen (2006-10-21). "If we want to be a truly progressive school, we must turn the clock back 500 years". London: The Times. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  3. ^ a b c Purcell, W. (1 March 1980). "Sir Andrew Stephen". Br J Sports Med. 14 (1): 4. doi:10.1136/bjsm.14.1.4. PMC 1858774. 
  4. ^ "Honours and Awards". 1972-12-12. p. 1. Retrieved 2008-05-22. [dead link]