Martin Lange, British football executive, Died at 71

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Martin Lange died on October 12, 2015 due to a long illness.

Martin Lange was a former club chairman for Brentford FC.

Lange attended Griffin Park in the 1950s.

He also owned the majority of shareholding in the football club between 1981 and 1997.

Martin was elected to the Football League board and proposed the introduction of the end of season play-off system, which subsequently appeared in 1986 to 1987.

During Lange time at the helm of Brentford, the former chairman tore down the famous Royal Oak stand and replaced it with Brook Road in a bid to keep the club afloat.

His influence within the game spread far beyond the boundaries of Griffin Park and he proposed a number of changes to tackle falling attendances and hooliganism, including introducing the end of season playoffs in 1986 as well as supporting the introduction of individual squad numbers and names on each player’s shirt.

Martin Lange passed away at age 71 due to a long illness.