Denis Hill-Wood

Denis Hill-Wood
Personal information
Full name Denis John Charles Hill Hill-Wood
Born (1906-06-25)25 June 1906
Hoxne, Suffolk, England
Died 5 May 1982(1982-05-05) (aged 75)
Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, England
Batting Right-handed batsman
Relations Sir Samuel Hill-Wood, 1st Baronet, Basil Hill-Wood, Wilfred Hill-Wood, Charles Hill-Wood
Domestic team information
1928-1929 Derbyshire
First-class debut 23 May 1928 Oxford University v Derbyshire
Last First-class 22 June 1929 Derbyshire v Kent
Career statistics
Competition First Class
Matches 12
Runs scored 453
Batting average 22.65
100s/50s 0/2
Top score 85
Balls bowled 222
Wickets 3
Bowling average 41.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/4
Source: ESPNCricinfo, February 2012

Denis John Charles Hill Hill-Wood MC (25 June 1906 – 5 May 1982) was the chairman of Arsenal Football Club from 1962 until 1982. He was also an English cricketer who played First Class cricket for Oxford University and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in 1928 and Derbyshire in 1928 and 1929.

Hill-Wood was the third son of Sir Samuel Hill-Wood, 1st Baronet, who was chairman of Arsenal for twenty years, as well as a first-class cricketer for Derbyshire. Hill-Wood went to Oxford University and played seven matches for the university in the 1928 season. He then played for MCC in Ireland and made his first-class debut for Derbyshire at the end of the 1928 season when he played three matches. He played one match in the 1929 season.[1]

Similarly to his father, Denis became chairman of Arsenal football club in 1962, a job which he held until his death in 1982. A bust of Hill-Wood was commissioned and used to stand inside the Directors' Landing of the East Stand of Arsenal's Highbury stadium, and now stands in the Directors' Entrance of Emirates Stadium after Arsenal's move there.

Denis had three brothers who also took part in first-class cricket for Derbyshire, the others being Basil Hill-Wood, Wilfred and Charles. Denis's son, Peter, played one first-class match in 1960.

Hill-Wood was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. During the Second World War he served with the Royal Armoured Corps and was wounded in Libya.[2] With other officers he was awarded the Military Cross in 1943 "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East".[3]


  1. Denis Hill-Wood at Cricket Archive
  2. "Mr Denis Hill-Wood". The Times. London. 5 May 1982. p. 12.
  3. "No. 36138". The London Gazette. 17 August 1943. pp. 3721–3722.
Business positions
Preceded by
Sir Bracewell Smith
Arsenal chairman
Succeeded by
Peter Hill-Wood

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