William Lewis
William Lewis was involved in English
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 Association Football
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 in various capacities in the early 20th century. He was first a referee, then a director and later manager of Brentford
Brentford F.C.
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 between 1900 and 1903. He became the first club secretary
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 of Chelsea Football Club
Chelsea F.C.
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 when it was founded in 1905
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, with his contacts helping the club gain election to the Football League
The Football League
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 the same year. With the resignation of John Robertson on 27 November 1906, he became caretaker secretary-manager of the club. Lewis led the side to its first promotion, in 1907, as Second Division
Football League Second Division
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 runners-up to Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest F.C.
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. He left the job shortly afterwards and was replaced by David Calderhead
David Calderhead
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