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(1) Brian Belton, The Lads of 1923 (2006)
Paynter was to have a long association with West Ham and King. Charlie, who was six years younger than King, was brought to London when his family moved to the capital. By the age of 12 he was a fully-fledged East Ender living and going to school in Plaistow. From an early age Payner was an all-round sportsman and when the home of Thames Ironworks FC, the Memorial Grounds, was opened in 1897 he began to spend most of his free time there, competing in athletic events and coaching. Such was his devotion that his apprenticeship as an electrician was cancelled (something of a scandalous event at the time) but he responded by developing his skills in athletics and knowledge of the arts of coaching.
(2) East Ham Echo (13th April 1923)
Whilst doing your ordinary training, you had, however, always played football, and must have been thought well of to have come under the notice of West Ham's able and discerning secretary-manager, Mr. Syd King. In the August of 1901 you played in a trial game, I believe, and then signed amateur forms, whilst practically at the same time also signing for West Norwood, the then crack amateur side. You deputized that season for the "great Tommy Fitchie" as he was known, in Norwood's English Cup-tie, and you performed well, too, from all accounts.
They badly wanted you to play for them regularly, but the lure of the Memorial Grounds was too strong on you, for you still had your "stable" of runners and cyclists to look after. Later in the season, when the evenings drew in, one saw you helping Abe Morris, the then West Ham trainer, in his work, and all after your own day's training, which just showed your love of the work.
Once again it will be seen, in football, as in other sports, you preferred to have something to do with the training of the players instead of indulging in the game yourself. Was it because a football trainer's job is a remunerative one, and there is a life berth if one, like yourself, proves capable, or was it rather the love of training others that kept you off the track and the green square? Anyway, your directors eventually saw your keenness for the position, and you were offered the assistant traineeship under Jack Ratcliffe, who followed Abe Morris, and your last season 1903-04, on the old ground, you spent under Will Johnson, who had trained two teams to win the English Cup - the Spurs and Sheffield Wednesday.
It was in the season 1904-05 that West Ham trekked to Boleyn Castle, and you became associated in work with, although you had known him for years previously with - to use your own words - "the dearest and kindliest old soul in sport," Tommy Robinson, who was appointed trainer. It is quite true I mentioned a few weeks back that he "fathered" you, and I am delighted to see that you wholeheartedly endorse that statement. You were together for eight years, and, during that time, as I have heard you say, you "learned to love the old-chap as much as he loved his cigar." It is only human that there should be times when one is dissatisfied and feel that they would like to do better themselves. But your affection for the West Ham Club, its kindly officials, and Tommy Robinson, always won you over, and so you remained to become what you are today - trainer of the final Cup team! And you have also had the pleasure of seeing two of your men, Victor Watson and Jack Tresadern, for the second time in one year, chosen to represent England in international matches, although he could not be spared because of the Cup-tie on the first occasion.
When Tommy retired at the end of the season 1911-12, your true sporting spirit obtained its proper reward. You were appointed first team trainer, and now you have reached the last hurdle in another great ambition - to train a team to win the Cup, and what is equally important - a team that may gain promotion. May these ideals both be realized. You and your directors richly deserve all the blue ribbons of the football field. The sporting fraternity locally, and in London and the South of England generally believe fervently that success will be yours all the way.
(3) Jimmy Ruffell, interviewed by Brian Belton in 1973.
Syd King was a good manager. But he left a lot of the day-to-day stuff to our trainer Charlie Paynter. It was Charlie that most of us talked to about anything. Syd King was more about doing deals to get players to play for West Ham. But he was good at that. He got us to the Cup final and got West Ham promoted in 1923 so you can't ask for much more than that can you...
A lot of the time we, the players, would decide what we were going to do. George (Kay) and Jack (Tresadern) kept an eye on other players and came up with ways of playing them. But anything anyone had to say Charlie Paynter chatted about. That's how it was done then, by the team, which included the trainer and manager; but it was the player's job to play... that's what you got paid for. And then, if things didn't go well it was down to the players. There wasn't always a set plan but you knew what was expected.
Syd King was a Mason, I think a few of the West Ham board were. He played a bit of golf and he liked a drink. A lot of people did. But like Paynter some of the players were Temperance or teetotal.
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