June 25, 1935
There was a surprise development last night to the announcement by Hearts that they had appointed Mr David Pratt, manager of Notts County, as secretary-manager to succeed Mr William McCartney.
From Nottingham came a statement to the effect that Mr Pratt “would not accept the post of secretary-manager of Heart of Midlothian which he had been offered.”
Hearts’ directors, interview later, were surprised to hear of the report from Nottingham. The chairman, Mr A. Irvine, said they had had no communication from Nottingham.
Mr Pratt it was learned, was in Edinburgh during the week-end, when he told the directors that he was free to accept the appointment if it were offered to him. He had n contract with the Notts County club.
In making their original announcement Hearts had stated that Mr Pratt would take over his new duties in a fortnight.
Mr Pratt is a Fife man, and played for Hill of Beath before joining Celtic on
his discharge from the army after the war.
He was a season and a half with Celtic, mostly in the reserve team, as an outside-left and left half. He later saw service with Bradford City, Liverpool, and Bury.
Afterwards he became player-manager to Yeovil and Petters United, the Somerset club, whom he helped to a big name, and in 1933 he joined Clapton Orient as manager. It was only in April of this year that he became Notts County’s manager.
On the death of Mr Herbert Chapman, the Arsenal manager, it was freely stated that Mr Pratt would be his successor at Highbury. Mr George Allison was appointed however.
(Dundee Courier: June 26, 1935)