Fred Everiss

Fred Everiss was associated with West Bromwich Albion from 1896 until his death in 1951. Remarkably he was secretary-manager of the club for 46 years until 1948. Records suggest Fred is the longest serving manager of all time. When he stepped down as manager, he was succeeded by his , Ephraim Smith, who was in turn replaced by Fred's son, Alan, as secretary from 1960 to 1980. In total the family record of service to West Brom lasted for 84 years.

Everiss initially joined Albion as an office boy in September 1896, where he was responsible for match programmes and clerical duties. Having made a significant impression he was then appointed the club's new secretary-manager following Frank Heavan's resignation. He then went on to become a much loved and respected figure at the Hawthorns and in 1926 he was presented with an illuminated address as a tangible token of the high regard in which he was held by the players, past and present.

In 1927 he became secretary of FLESA (Football League Secretaries' and Managers' Association) which was a forerunner of the LMA. This was a position he held for many years before eventually becoming Chairman.

During the war years, Everiss took over most jobs at the Albion – even that of ARP night-watchman – and he virtually ran the club himself. Upon his retirement as secretary-manager in 1948, he joined the board and was a director until his death.

Although strictly not in control of team affairs, he served on selection committees and controlled the club's training staff during his years as secretary-manager. So he can be certainly credited for the team's successes during this period as he had such an influence on the club.

During the early years of taking the job there were a number of challenges. A boardroom split in 1904 was quickly followed by the main stand burning down on bonfire night. The turning point came in 1910 after Everiss helped gather WBA's youngest ever side and the season ended in triumph with the second division title.

They lost the 1912 FA Cup Final to Barnsley but the league championship was gained in 1919/20 with one of the club's greatest ever sides. The Throstles finished runners up in 1924/25, but were relegated back to division two in 1927.

Four years later, Albion would regain their first division status and they won The FA Cup by beating Birmingham at Wembley. The club also reached the final in 1935.

The name of Fred Everiss will certainly always be remembered by West Bromwich Albion football club.

Honours (3)
  • domestic-trophies
    • West Brom:
      • FA Cup Winners, (1930-01-01)
  • league-titles
    • West Brom:
      • Football League Division One Champions, (1919-01-01)
      • Football League Division Two Champions, (1910-01-01)
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