Six foot tall forward Edmund Edwards joined Hull City in May 1936 to add height and power to manager David Menzies’ forward line. Edwards began the 1936/37 season in City’s first team playing at inside right and scored his first City goal in a September 1936 Division Three North Cup tie against York City. The tragic death of manager Menzies in October 1936 was bad news for Edwards’ City career, he scored his second goal for the Tigers against Mansfield in mid-October a few days after Menzies died but that proved to be his final senior appearance for the club.
Edmund Clifford Edwards was born in Tudhoe, a colliery village near Spennymoor where his father worked as a coal miner. However while still a child his family moved to Thurcroft, a purpose-built coal mining community to the south of Rotherham in South Yorkshire. Edmund attended Rotherham Grammar School and by the late 1920s was a prominent local league cricketer, his left arm bowling and batting was a feature for several Bassetlaw League teams, principally Thurcroft Main Colliery, throughout the 1930s.
Edwards appeared to come late to football, playing for the Sheffield United A team during the 1933/34 season before joining Midland League side Worksop Town in the 1934 close season. After scoring nine goals for Worksop in the opening weeks of the 1934/35 season Edwards was signed by Division Two side Bury in October 1934, however he did not break into the Shakers’ first team and returned to Worksop Town in early August 1935. Within a few days he had signed for Division Three South side Clapton Orient, Edmund made his senior debut for the London side in their opening League game of the season against Luton and made a second start a month later in a divisional cup tie. He made no further first team starts for Clapton although he did score 27 goals for the reserve side during the 1935/36 season. This form was enough to entice Hull City to claim his signature in May 1936.
Edwards joined Cheshire League side Mossley for the 1937/38 season and in October 1937 he was selected for a Cheshire League select XI to play their Southern League counterparts. In July 1938 Edmund returned to Football League action when he signed for Division Three North side Carlisle United. He started the Cumbrians’ first and last League games of the season, drawing a close to his senior career that involved just 15 starts in five years.
Edwards returned to Thurcroft where he worked as a mechanical engineer at the local colliery. He remained in the area for the rest of his life and died in August 1991.
Date/Place of Birth: 15 November 1909, Tudhoe
Hull City First Game: 29 August 1936, Port Vale A (Division Three North), 26 years, 288 days old
Hull City Final Game: 17 October 1936, Mansfield Town A (Division Three North), 26 years, 337 days old
Sheffield United (1933-1934), Worksop Town (1934), Bury (1934-1935), Worksop Town (1935), Clapton Orient (1935-1936), Hull City (1936-1937), Mossley (1937-1938), Carlisle United (1938-1939)
Hull City Record
Career: 11 apps, 2 goalsEdmund Edwards