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Chairman, Directors and Staff ...

1960-61 Season

Mr. ROLAND G. BRANDON. joined June 1960.

The sudden death of Mr. Harold Langman left us with only three Directors, and we were therefore very pleased when Mr. Brandon accepted our invitation to make the fourth member of the Board.

A real " West Hammer " by birth and tradition, Mr. Brandon has been a Hammers' fan ever since his school days, and was a Season Ticket Holder until his appointment. He is a member of an electrical firm and lives near their offices in West London—in the heart of " rival country " which houses our fellow First Division members Chelsea and Fulham! Mr. Brandon made his first appearance as a Director at our Youth Section Presentation Dinner and took a good opportunity then to make the acquaintance of many of the Club,

We are certain that he will be a big asset to our administration and look forward to having him with us for a long time.

Mr. R.H. PRATT, J.P.

We take this opportunity to congratulate our Chairman upon his appointment as Chairman of the Football Combination. Mr. Pratt has served for many years on the Committee of that competition and his administrative powers and capable handling of soccer affairs have earned him praise in manv directions. The Combination clubs can indeed consider themselves fortunate in their choice.

 

Reginald "Reg" Pratt was a businessman and chairman of West Ham United from 1950 until 1979.

Owner of a wood-yard in Wanstead, London, Reg took over the chairmanship of West Ham in 1950 after the death of W.J. Kearns.

Reg had been a board member since 1941. One of his first jobs was to oversee the transition of managers from Charlie Paynter to Ted Fenton.

Reg moved Ted Fenton into The Boleyn Ground several months before the anticipated end of Charlie Paynter's managership, to prepare him for the job. It was with Pratt's approval that Fenton, with Wally St Pier, set-up the youth teams and training methods which led to The Academy of Football and the establishment of training facilities at Chadwell Heath.

In 1961 Pratt was responsible for the removal of Ted Fenton and the appointment of Ron Greenwood.

He retired from the chairmanship in May 1979, aged 74, after 29 years in the post becoming club president and handing over to Len Cearns.  

 

Reg Pratt died 27 March 1984.