William Lewis (football)

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William Lewis
Teams managed
Years Team
1900–1903 Brentford
1903–1904 Brentford (caretaker)
1906–1907 Chelsea (caretaker)

William Lewis was an English football referee, director, secretary and manager, active in the early 20th century. He managed Brentford and Chelsea, the latter in the Football League.

Managerial career[edit]


Lewis was named secretary-manager of Southern League Division Two side Brentford in 1900,[1] leading them to the title and promotion to the Southern League Division One in the 1900/01 season. The Bees finished second-from-bottom in their first season in Division One, but held onto their status in the league after a relegation playoff with Grays United was called off before going into extra time.[2] Brentford finished bottom of Division One in 1902/03, but once again held onto their place in the league with a 7-2 relegation playoff victory over West London rivals Fulham.[3] He stepped down from the role in May 1903 and was replaced by Richard Molyneux.[1] Lewis covered the manager's position for Molyneux for part of the 1903/04 season, after Molyneux was suspended from football for attempting to buy a goalkeeper out of the army.[1] Lewis remained at Brentford as secretary until 1905.[4] He later returned to the club in an administrative capacity.[1]


Lewis became the first club secretary of Chelsea when it was founded in 1905, with his contacts helping the club gain election to Football League the same year.[5][6] With the resignation of player-manager John Robertson on 27 November 1906,[7] Lewis became caretaker manager of the club, while retaining his secretarial duties.[5][6] Lewis led the side to its first promotion in the 1906/07 season, finishing as Second Division runners-up to Nottingham Forest. He left the job in June 1907[8] and was succeeded by David Calderhead.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Lewis was a schoolteacher by profession.[1]


As a manager[edit]




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  2. ^ "Football Club History Database - Grays United". Fchd.info. 1902-04-28. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  3. ^ "Football Club History Database - Fulham". Fchd.info. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  4. ^ "William Lewis - TheChels.info - The Chelsea Football Club Wiki". TheChels.info. 2010-09-05. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  5. ^ a b Cheshire, Scott (1998). Chelsea: An Illustrated History. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-143-5. 
  6. ^ a b Glanvill, Rick (2006). Chelsea: The Official Biography. Headline. ISBN 0-7553-1466-2. 
  7. ^ a b "History of Chelsea Football Club". Soccermaniak.com. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  8. ^ "William Lewis | Chelsea Manager | Stamford-Bridge.com The History of Chelsea FC". Stamford-bridge.com. Retrieved 2014-07-27.