- Geoffrey Howard (cricketer and administrator)
Cecil Geoffrey Howard (
14 February 1909- 8 November 2002) was an English cricketerand cricket administrator.
Geoffrey Howard was born in
Hampstead Garden Suburb, a grandson of Sir Ebenezer Howard, a founder of the Garden City Movement who taught him a respect for people and a love for cricket.
As a right-handed batsman and a wicketkeeper, he represented Middlesex in three first-class matches in 1930, while on annual leave from the bank for which he worked.
He earned himself a place in cricket history as an enlightened administrator and a popular tour manager. He was Secretary of Lancashire (1949-1965) and Surrey (1965-1975) and managed three MCC touring teams in
Australiaand the Indian sub-continent. The 1954-55 MCC tour of Australiawas the focal point of his rich and varied life, with England winning a series in Australia for the first time since Bodylinein 1932-33. The MCC 'A' tour of Pakistan in 1955-56 was marred by an incident when several of the England cricketers doused the umpire Idris Beghwith a bucket of water. A major controversy broke out.
He stayed active in retirement. He was President of Surrey in 1989. He collaborated with the author
Stephen Chalkeon the award winning "At the Heart of English Cricket" in 2001, which won the Cricket Society Jubilee Prize in 2002. He died in Minchinhampton, aged 93.
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