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Doug Insole CBE JP 1926-2017 A true sporting legend

Anonymous 07 August 2017


We were greatly saddened to hear of the passing of one of the Foundation’s former esteemed Trustees Doug Insole who died on 5th August 2017.

Doug dedicated his life to sport and his impact as player and administrator was immense. As well as being a gifted cricketer winning nine England caps and amassing over 25,000 first class runs mostly for his beloved Essex, he was also an accomplished footballer and played for Corinthian Casuals at the 1956 Amateur Cup Final. His contribution to cricket on his retirement was huge. Known as Mr Essex at Chelmsford, Doug served the County with distinction as Chairman and then as President. In addition he spent almost two decades as an international selector and is a former Chairman of the Test and County Cricket Board. He managed two Ashes Tours to Australia and was Chairman of the European Cricket Council for nine years. Altogether he spent 20 years on the board of the MCC and in 2007 he served as its President. For his many services to cricket, he was appointed a CBE in 1979.

Doug was a passionate supporter of grass roots sport and recognised the importance of playing fields in starting a sporting habit for life. He initially supported the Foundation as a Vice Patron of the Peter May Memorial Appeal before becoming a Trustee in the late 1990’s. Doug was a key player in ensuring that the Peter May Sports Centre in Walthamstow came to fruition in 2000.

LPFF Chief Executive Alex Welsh said, “I just loved being around Doug for his support and wisdom. Despite his many accomplishments and his status within the game, Doug was unfailingly helpful and humble and loved watching his grandchildren playing sport at Douglas Eyre and Peter May Sports Centres. Whenever we met he would call me “maestro” which, coming from a man like Doug, made me feel ten feet tall.”

Doug Insole CBE JP 1926 – 2017 A true sporting legend.