West Bromwich, Staffordshire born Fred Everiss was secretary-manager of West Bromwich Albion for 46 years from 1902 to 1948, later serving the club as a director after his retirement in 1948. Everiss led Albion to the League Championship in the 1919-20 season, and to the FA Cup in 1931, and under his stewardship they were runners up in the League in 1924-25 and FA Cup Finalists in 1912 and 1935, also winning the FA Charity Shield in 1920.
Everiss joined Albion’s office staff in 1896. Having been appointed secretary-manager in 1902, his 46 years in the job technically make him English football’s longest-serving manager of all time, although much of his combined role was administrative, and the job of picking the team was left to the directors. Indeed, Albion did not create the full-time post of ‘manager’ until Everiss left his position. He was made a director upon his retirement in 1948 but died three years later in 1951 at the age of 68.
Everiss’ son Alan joined the Albion staff in 1933. He was associated with the club for 66 years, serving as clerk, assistant-secretary, secretary, director and life member.