Arthur Drewry


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(1891–1961) A President of the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) from 1956 to his death in 1961, after acting as interim head for six months following the death of Rodolphe William Seeldrayers. With his successor Stanley Rous, he worked with long-term FIFA president Jules Rimet to bring the British football associations back into FIFA after World War II, and was appointed vice-president of FIFA by Rimet. Drewry served as president of the English Football League (1945–54) and as chairman of England's Football Association (1955–61). Working closely with Rous, and holding the positions of both FIFA president and FA (Football Association) chairman at the time of FIFA's decision to award England the 1966 World Cup Finals, Drewry was an experienced football administrator. He had chaired the FA's International Selection Committee in 1945. A fish-processing businessman from Grimsby, England, Drewry married the daughter of Grimsby Town Football Club's chairman (the fishing business was his father-in-law's) and became in turn chairman of the Grimsby club. Drewry's name is little-known, but he had a widespread influence on the administration of soccer in both England and the international setting. England's victory in 1966 prompted some commentators to call for more representative participation in the World Cup Finals. Dr A. Foni, coach to the Swiss national team, contributed to FIFA's technical study of the event and wrote that the premises for the English victory ‘were created well in advance: selection of a definite ground, longer breaks between games, decisions by referees that were slightly but very clearly favourable’. Although written half a decade after Drewry's death, this is a condemnation of the international legacy of the Drewry years, Foni adding that the necessary reform would raise ‘the moral and athletic level of the World Cup’.

From A Dictionary of Sports Studies in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure.