George Mann (cricketer)

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George Mann
Francis George Mann 1947.jpg
Mann in 1947
Personal information
Full name Francis George Mann
Born (1917-09-06)6 September 1917
Byfleet, Surrey, England
Died 8 August 2001(2001-08-08) (aged 83)
Stockcross, Berkshire, England
Batting Right-handed batsman (RHB)
Bowling n/a
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 7 166
Runs scored 376 6350
Batting average 37.60 25.91
100s/50s 1/– 7/32
Top score 136* 136*
Balls bowled 414
Wickets 3
Bowling average n/a 129.66
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling n/a 2/16
Catches/stumpings 3/– 72/–
Source: [1]

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.

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[edit]

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[edit]

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 (MA) 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "George Mann". Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 116. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 
  3. ^ a b c '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. ^ a b c d Hodgson, Derek (16 August 2001). "George Mann". The Independent. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "George Mann". The Daily Telegraph. 13 August 2001. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "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. ^ a b Janes, Hurford (1963). The Red Barrel: A History of Watney Mann. John Murray. p. 175. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Norman Yardley
English national cricket Captain
Succeeded by
Freddie Brown
Preceded by
Walter Robins
Middlesex County Cricket Captain
Succeeded by
Walter Robins