February 8, 1936
Death of man who build up the Football League.
Mr. Tom Charnley, for 32 years secretary of the Football League, died on Saturday at his home in Preston. He was 76 years old. When he retired in 1933, and was succeeded by Mr. Fred Howarth, the League gave him a retiring allowance of £350 a year and clubs presented him with a silver tray and a cheque.
Tom Charnley became secretary of the Football League in 1901, when it was formed into a limited company. There were then two divisions with 18 clubs in each. He saw the League built to its present status of four divisions and 88 clubs. Before taking over the League secretary-ship Mr. Charnley was secretary of Preston North End.
(Source: Leeds Mercury: February 10, 1936; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited