F D Ahl is to be remembered as a leader who made a significant contribution
to Brentham and its future.
Firstly, he spent some years as Chairman of the Club and it was during that period that the
Estate Owners made it clear that they wanted to dispose of their interest in the Club that
originally was to serve the Garden Village. Under Frank's leadership the freehold was
acquired and he guided the Club on its new path forward as a private club. That would have
been a major decision at that time in 1947 so soonafter the war.
Secondly he was instrumental in leading the Cricket Club to the top level of Club Cricket.
He had earlier embarked on a professional career and played for Worcestershire from 1931
to 1933, principally as a wicket keeper. He joined Brentham and captained the side from
1942 to 1948. In club cricket he was principally an accurate medium paced swing bowler and
amazingly took nearly 1,000 wickets for the Club during his career from the early 40s until the
By the time of his retirement Brentham CC was established amongst the better teams in the South
of England and this achievement was substantially down to Frank's efforts.