Alf Gover

29 February 1908 – 7 October 2001

Right Hand Bat
Right Hand Fast Bowler
MBE – 1998
Wisden Cricketer of the Year – 1938

Alfred Richard “Alf” Gover MBE born 29 February, 1908 in Woodcote, Epsom, was an English Test cricketer.
Alf was the mainstay of the Surrey bowling attack during the 1930s, but will be best remembered for the cricket school that he founded.
Alf’s Cricket School
After retiring from the First Class game, But after that he devoted his life to his cricket school in Wandsworth. He established this school in 1938 and had already trained a number of future Test players by the time of his last match for Surrey. However, in the following decades Gover gradually developed his school to such an extent that it became regarded as the most valuable school for the fine-tuning of cricketers’ skills. His school, redeveloped from its humble origins as an industrial shed, was where many Test or potential Test players developed the necessary skill to rise to the highest levels in cricket. Viv Richards, Andy Roberts and Ian Bishop are some notable examples of players who benefitted from Gover’s coaching. It was primarily for his work in cricket coaching, rather than his deeds for Surrey in the 1930s and 1940s, that Gover was awarded an MBE in 1998.
 Gover continued to be principal at his school until 1989, and he wrote widely on cricket right up to his death at the age of 93 in 2001. At the time of his death Gover was the oldest surviving Test cricketer, and his death left Bob Appleyard as the only living bowler who had ever taken 200 wickets in an English season.
Alf was President of the Lord’s Taverners in 1974 and President of Surrey -1980.
Alf was a great friend of  Tadworth Cricket Club and attended in June 1992 where he officially opened the new brick clubhouse you see today. I was lucky enough to also attend, although I was new to the club.
Paul Griffiths