12 Facts About Arthur Drewry


Arthur Drewry was an English football administrator who served as the fifth president of FIFA, the world governing body of association football, from 1955 to 1961.


Arthur Drewry was born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, and educated at the Grimsby Collegiate School.


Arthur Drewry reached the rank of quartermaster sergeant with his squadron in the Yeomanry.


Arthur Drewry held several civic roles in his native Grimsby, serving both as a borough councillor and a Justice of the Peace.


Arthur Drewry later served as President of the Football League from 1949 to 1955.


Arthur Drewry served on the Football Association's International Selection Committee from 1944, and after his presidency of the Football League served as chairman of The Football Association from 1955 to 1961.


Arthur Drewry succeeded Amos Brook Hirst as chairman of the FA; Hirst had resigned due to ill health.


In 1953 Coronation Honours, Arthur Drewry appointed a Commander of Order of the British Empire.


Arthur Drewry had been appointed the vice-president of FIFA by Jules Rimet, and served as the interim president for the six months following the death of Rimet's presidential successor, Belgian Rodolphe William Seeldrayers.


At the 30th FIFA Congress in Lisbon, Portugal, Drewry defeated France's M Larfarge by 38 votes to 16 for the presidency.


Arthur Drewry oversaw the 1958 FIFA World Cup during his term in office, and ultimately served as president for five years before his death from a year-long illness in 1961.


Arthur Drewry was the third FIFA president to die in office.