Charlie Paynter is known for being one of the most successful managers in West Ham United’s history. Paynter had an 18-year spell in charge of the Hammers, but little is known of one of the longest serving managers in the Irons’ history. Here are five things you may not have known about our former manager
1) Charlie Paynter was born in Swindon on July 28, 1879. However, the future West Ham United manager moved, with his family, to Plaistow as a child. Once he moved closer to Upton Park, Paynter decided that he wanted to pursue a career in football. As a result, Paynter quickly joined his local team, Victoria Swifts.
2) Despite being a lover of football, Paynter also had another passion. That passion was physiotherapy, which he developed an interest for as a teenager. Despite his interest in becoming a physio, Paynter accepted his first job with West Ham United in 1897. But this job was unpaid and resulted in Paynter just coming into work when help was needed.
3) Paynter joined the Hammers in the 1900/01 season. He hoped that this would be the starting point of a fantastic career, but instead his playing career came to an abrupt end before it had even begun. Paynter had not even made a first team appearance in claret and blue before his playing career was over. In a match against Woolwich Arsenal, Paynter suffered a serious knee injury, which ended his career.
4) After his career had come to an abrupt end, Paynter was appointed as West Ham’s reserve team trainer in 1902. But he was not in that position for long. When Syd King was appointed as first team manager in the same year, and vacated the position of first team trainer, Paynter was offered the job. Paynter accepted the role and was the first team trainer for more than 30 years.
5) When Chatham-born King was sacked in 1932, Paynter was chosen to succeed him. Paynter was not seen as a surprise appointment, considering the amount of time he had spent as backroom staff at the club. He went on to have a good record as manager. Having been appointed on November 1, 1932, Paynter remained in charge until August 1, 1950.
In those 18 years, Paynter was at the helm for 480 league games. Under Paynter’s guidance, West Ham won 198, drew 116 and lost 166. Paynter left Upton Park with a win percentage of 41.25 per cent.