Maurice Watkins CBE was a British solicitor and sports administrator know all about him in this article as like his Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Cause of Death
|Birthdate ( Age)||30 November 1941|
|Place of Birth||Britane|
|Wife /Partner||Elaine Watkins|
|Profession||British solicitor and sports administrator|
|Net Worth||$2.5 Million|
|Last Update||August 2021|
Edward Maurice Watkins CBE was a British solicitor and sports administrator best known as being a long-time director and the club solicitor of Manchester United. He had represented high-profile clients in criminal trials including Eric Cantona and Stuart Hall.
After leaving Manchester United, he served in multiple other sports administration roles including as chairman of British Swimming, overseeing the team’s successful Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycles.He was joint senior partner of Brabners LLP solicitors in Manchester.
Early Life and Family
Watkins was educated at Manchester Grammar School and University College London.Maurice was born on 30 November 1941. He was 79 years old at the time of his death. He died on 16 August 2021. Maurice was a British citizen of white descent.
Maurice Watkins Wife
Watkins was married to his wife, Elaine Watkins. He was the father of his 4 children named Andrew, Peter, Timothy, and James. Maurice also had a stepdaughter named Emma. He used to live in Cheshire with his family.
Maurice Watkins Net Worth
Maurice Watkins was a British solicitor and sports administrator who has an estimated Net Worth of between $2.5 million in 2021.
Martin Edwards asked Watkins to become a director of Manchester United Football Club in May 1984 on the same day as Bobby Charlton. In 1991, when Martin Edwards floated Manchester United on the stock exchange, Watkins joined the PLC Board as a non-executive director. Edwards and Watkins were the only two directors who served both on the Football Board and the PLC Board.
At the AGM in 2005 Malcolm Glazer opposed Watkins’ re-election to the PLC board along with two other directors Philip Yea a fellow non-executive director and Andy Anson. After Malcolm Glazer had completed his takeover of Manchester United he de-listed it from the stock exchange and made it a private company once again. Watkins remained on the club’s football board and was the club’s solicitor.
Watkins oversaw numerous high-profile football transfers both at home in the United Kingdom and abroad. He has also represented clubs and players before FIFA, UEFA, the Football Association, the Premier League and the Football League disciplinary bodies. Also he represented players and clubs at the Court of Arbitration for Sport and international and league compensation tribunals. He worked with the South Africa and Nigerian Premier leagues in respect of broadcasting and regulatory matters as well as the Egyptian Sports Council and UAE footballing authorities.
Watkins regularly spoke on football and sports law issues within the United Kingdom and internationally. He represented both the Football Association and the Premier League at conferences in Egypt, France, Qatar, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Trinidad and Tobago and Japan.In 2012 Watkins was named interim Rugby Football League Chairman after the departure of Richard Lewis.
On 29 June 2012, Watkins stepped down from the board of Manchester United Football Club Ltd after 28 years with the club.On 30 May 2013, it was announced that Watkins would become chairman of Championship football club Barnsley.On 31 August 2017, Barnsley announced that Watkins was leaving the club’s board of directors and his role as chairman.