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Aug 6, 2017, 4:12 PM
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Douglas John "Doug" Insole C.B.E.
Doug Insole (Walthamstow Ave., Cambridge Unviv, Pegasus, Corinthian Casuals, Southend U.)
Died Saturday 5th August 2017, aged 91
Insole was a first team footballer for the amateur Corinthian Casuals F.C.,
and played in the 1956 FA Amateur Cup final, before they lost to Bishop Auckland in a replay.
As a teenager he played at inside right for Walthamstow Avenue and on going up to Cambridge won a soccer Blue in all three years, captaining in 1948. He was also selected as a reserve for an England amateur trial.
He was a founder member and first captain of Pegasus although he was not in the 1951 or 1953 amateur cup winning sides. He also played for Southend United, but did not make a first team appearance.
Insole was best known as a cricketer,
who played for Cambridge University, Essex and in nine Test matches for England,
five of them on the 1956-57 tour of South Africa, where he was vice-captain to Peter May.
After retiring from playing, he was prominent in cricket administration,
and served as chairman of the England selectors and as President of the M.C.C.
Insole was born 18th April 1926 in Clapton, London.
He was cricket captain of Cambridge University whilst a history student at St. Catharine's College
and went on to captain Essex for many years.
He scored 20,113 first class runs for Essex, the ninth highest aggregate for the county.
He played as a wicket-keeper and batsman.
He was one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1956.
For many services to cricket he was appointed a C.B.E. in 1979.
He was President of the M.C.C. 2006-7.
Insole was chairman of selectors for England in the 1960s, and in 1968,
he presided over non-selection for a tour to South Africa of Basil D'Oliveira
- which many said was politically based, as D'Oliveira was a 'coloured' South African,
and as such not welcome in the country.
Also during Insole's time Geoffrey Boycott was dropped, in 1967 after having scored a slow 246 not out.
(This post was edited by John Treleven on Aug 8, 2017, 8:24 AM)
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Aug 6, 2017, 7:11 PM
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In the 1990s he was involved in some way behind the scenes at West Ham United. How long this went on I don't know but he did have some role within the club.
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Aug 7, 2017, 1:14 PM
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He was also involved with the FA. Once when I popped into their then HQ at Lancaster Gate, he was there. I didn't recognise him but his mobile rang and he gave his name when answering!