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Charlie Hewitt (10 April 1884, Greatham, County Durham – 31 December 1966, Darlington) was a footballer and manager in the first half of the 20th century. He was in charge of Chester when they entered the Football League in 1931 and managed Millwall to the Football League Division Three South title seven years later.
Playing career [ edit ]
As a player, Hewitt was an inside forward who regularly moved between clubs. He had spells with
Middlesbrough (1904–06), Tottenham Hotspur (1906–07) and Liverpool (1907–08). He joined West Bromwich Albion for a £75 fee in April 1908, making his debut in a Division Two match against Fulham during the same month. He later played for Spennymoor United (May–October 1910), [1 ] Crystal Palace (1910–15) and Hartlepools United (1919).
Management years [ edit ]
Hewitt then moved into management with North Wales side
Mold before joining Football League side Wrexham in November 1924. He led them to Welsh Cup success a year later but left in December 1926 and became manager of non-league side Flint and later Connah's Quay Nomads.
In 1930, Hewitt took over as manager of
Cheshire County League side Chester, who were looking to gain election to the Football League. His first season saw the club finish as runners-up, with the side being elected into the league in place of Nelson. Hewitt then established Chester as a force in Football League Division Three North, finishing in the top four in four of their first five seasons. He also led them to Welsh Cup success in 1933.
In April 1936 Hewitt opted to move south and become manager of
Football League Division Three South club Millwall, who he guided to promotion and an FA Cup semi final. After being sacked in April 1940, Hewitt returned to football after the war as manager of Leyton Orient. From 1948 to 1956 Hewitt had a second spell in charge of Millwall, for his final job in football. In July 1956 he was awarded £4,500 in damages, relating to his sacking by Millwall six months earlier. He returned to his native north-east and died on New Year's Eve, 1966. [1 ]
Sources [ edit ]
Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-474-4.
Turner, Dennis; White, Alex (1993). The Breedon Book of Football Managers. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-873626-32-0.
^ a b Matthews (2005) p. 110