Denis Follows

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Sir Denis Follows, CBE (13 April 1908 – 17 September 1983) was a British sports administrator. Between 1962 and 1975 he was Secretary of the Football Association (FA) and from 1977 was Chairman of the British Olympic Association.[1] He was educated at the universities of London and Nottingham, and was President of the National Union of Students between 1931 and 1933.[2] He was awarded the CBE in 1967 and knighted in 1978.[1]

In January 1970, while serving as the FA secretary, Follows wrote to the Women's Football Association (WFA) to inform them that the 1921 ban on women's football had been rescinded.[3] He was later appointed an honorary life vice president of the WFA.


  1. ^ a b "Sir Denis Follows. Notable services to sport". The Times. 19 September 1983. p. 16. 
  2. ^ Lee Elliot Major (6 March 2002). "Leading the protest". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Lopez 2009, p. 57


  • Lopez, Sue (1997). Women on the Ball: A Guide to Women's Football. London, England: Scarlet Press. ISBN 1857270169.