George Mann (cricketer)

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George Mann
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 style Right-handed batsman (RHB)
Bowling style 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.

Life and career[edit]

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]

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). Mann was a main board director and retained his position on the new company board when the brewery merged with Watney Combe & Reid in 1958.[3]

F.G. Mann was chairman of the Test and County Cricket Board (TCCB) from 1978–83; most notably during the controversy over the rebel tour which Geoff Boycott and Graham Gooch led to South Africa in 1982.

His 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. ^ 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