Grattan Endicott

1924 - 2021

We are sad to report the death of Grattan Endicott on 25th April aged 97. An obituary will appear here but readers can also find one on the WBF website.


Grattan gave great service both to his county and the EBU over many years. He was a delegate to the EBU Council from the NWCBA throughout the 1970’s. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1980 and served for 13 years until 1993. He became the EBU Treasurer in 1984 and was remembered in this period for improving working conditions and salaries for staff and introducing a pension system and healthcare.

He was a  member of the L&E from 1976 to 1991 and became chairman in 1981. He subsequently attended as a Vice President and made material, useful contributions. He became a member of the WBF Laws commission in 1987 and was instrumental in developing the various law changes in the last three decades. 

He was a very successful NPC of the GB Women’s Team winning medals in the European championship, Venice Cup and Olympiad.

He was the President of Merseyside & Cheshire. He became a Vice President of the Union in 1994.

Until 2004 he was Secretary and CEO of the Foundation for Sports and the Arts, which in his time there distributed some £785 millions to these activities, and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1998 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his work with the Foundation. He retired from this position in 2004. During the time he was with Littlewoods Football Pools he was the organizer from its initiation of the Pools Panel which judged the results of postponed matches for football pool purposes.

Tollemache Cup winner: 1975