Francis Payne

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Francis Payne was one of the men responsible for drafting the rules the London League and became London League members Thames Ironworks F.C.'s club secretary in 1897, succeeding Ted Harsent in the post. It is to be noted that the rules of the London League allowed "The Irons" to finish second rather than fourth owing to a "technicality".

He was also involved in other Iron Works sports, including athletics and tennis. Francis Payne was replaced by the man he succeeded as the football club secretary, Ted Harsent, after Thames Ironworks had gained entry to the Southern League in the summer of 1898.

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  • Blows, Kirk; Hogg, Tony (2000). The Essential History of West Ham United. Headline. ISBN 0-7472-7036-8. 
Preceded by
Ted Harsent
Thames Ironworks F.C.
Club Secretary

Succeeded by
Ted Harsent