Michael James Stewart
Date of Birth:
16 September 1932
Place of Birth:
Herne Hill, London
(1951/52 - 1953/54)
Born in Herne Hill, Mickey Stewart played football for Dulwich Hamlet Junior School as a boy but it was at Alleyn's as a teenager that his sporting prowess started to get him noticed more widely. Playing for several years as a member of both the first XI football and cricket teams he joined Wimbledon in 1952 after completing two years of military service. His exceptional ball control made him a fans favourite but he was not to be at Plough Lane for long. Such was his cricketing ability he quickly became part of the great Surrey side that dominated county cricket in the late 1950s.
He had played in an England amateur international against France and had hoped to play in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, but as a professional cricketer the Olympic Committee ruled that he was ineligible. He therefore decided to turn professional as a footballer, and left Corinthian-Casuals and joined Charlton Athletic.
Stewart played first class cricket for Surrey from 1954 to 1972 and also appeared in eight test matches for England between 1962 and 1964. A right-handed opening batsman, Stewart averaged 35.00 with the bat in Test cricket with a highest score of 87. He was an outstanding close catcher, particularly at short leg. In 1957, he took 77 catches during the season. He served as cricket manager of Surrey (1979-1986) and England (1986-1992), and was director of coaching for the ECB (1992-1997).
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