The team behind the team

May 20, 1977
The team behind the team

Round the board-room table about to go into session – left to right, Sidney Cecil Reakes, Jack Cross, Harold Cartwright, manager Bob Paisley, chairman John Smith, general secretary Peter Robinson, Eric Sawyer and Cecil Hill. One other director, Douglas Corkish, was away on holiday when the photograph was taken.

Chairman John Smith.
Chairman John Smith was co-opted onto the Board in January, 1971 after the death of director Harold Smith (no relation). He became chairman in July, 1973. A J.P., he has just retired after a life-time service with Tetleys, the Liverpool brewers. He had been a director of the company for many years.

Now the major shareholder among the directors, he has brought great business acumen to his role, leading the club from the board-room with a flair and expertise which make him an outstanding club chairman. His family links with the club began with his father, also a shareholder, and he has supported them since childhood.

Vice-chairman Jack Cross.
Jack Cross is a director of Liverpool fruit importing firm, joining the Anfield Board in July, 1971. He is chairman of the Ground Committee. This position is a key role in the running of a major business undertaking, making him responsible for the maintenance of the ground and pitch. He had much to do with the reconstruction of the Kop last year and he also has been involved in the major work of ensuring safety precautions at the ground. He is the club’s representative on the Central League Management Committee.

Director Eric Sawyer.
Eric Sawyer is chairman of the finance committee. As an acknowledged expert in financial matters, he is the director above all who has guided the cash fortunes of the club from its days in the Second Division until now. It is one of the wealthiest clubs in the game with one of the finest grounds.

He joined the Board in 1960, and has run the financial affairs of the club since then. He was a director of Littlewoods Mail Order Stores for 30 years, becoming managing director in 1962, a position he held for seven years before his retirement.

Director Douglas Corkish.
Douglas Corkish is the newest member of the Board, being co-opted in April, 1975, when former chairman Eric Roberts retired. A chartered accountant in the city, he has brought wide commercial experience to the Board and has been made chairman of the Development Association Committee, responsible for the far-sweeping money raising activities of that organisation. Also serves on the finance committee. He is a past captain of Woolton Golf Club.

Director Harold Cartwright.
Harold Cartwright is the son of a former Liverpool chairman, Walter Henry, and is the longest serving member of the Board. He became a director in 1954, was made vice-chairman in 1964 and chairman in 1967, serving in that office for two years. Now retired, he was a senior official with the Royal Liver Friendly Society. Serves on the Development Association Committee.

Director Sidney Reakes.
Sidney Reakes joined the Board in 1955, was vice-chairman in 1961 and became chairman in 1964, holding that office for three years during which the club won the League, FA Cup – League in successive seasons. A J.P., he is well-known in the Whiston area, being a former chairman in the Whiston area, being a former chairman of the local council with large transport and quarrying interest.

He was a keen cricketer in his younger days, being captain of Whiston for 30 years. He does much scouting work for Liverpool, being a frequent visitor to Scotland to check on players. Serves on the Ground Committee.

Director Cecil Hill.
Cecil Hill joined the Board at the same time as Mr. Reakes. He is the son of a former director and his family were well-known in the Liverpool licensing trade. As estate agent in the city, he was an all-round sportsman in his youth, being the first amateur to box at the Liverpool Stadium. He is a member of both the Ground and Development Committees at the club.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: May 20, 1977; via © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

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