Right half Edelston joined City towards the end of 1912/13 season and was a first team choice throughout the subsequent two seasons. The football league was halted by World War One in 1915, but Edelston stuck around to play in wartime matches (in a variety of positions, including goalkeeper) and gave the Tigers a further season of service when the senior game resumed in 1919. In the summer of 1920, as he departed the Tigers, Edelston was chosen to represent the England FA on a tour of South Africa.
Edelston was born near Wigan and began his career at St Helens Recreation, signing for City in March 1913.
On leaving the Tigers in 1920, Edelston had six months at Manchester City before moving to Fulham later that same year. He served Fulham for six years as a player then a further eleven years as a member of office staff, reserve team manager and caretaker first team manager. He had further spells on the coaching staff at Clapton Orient and Brentford, and managed Reading in the 1940s. Edelston died in March 1970.
His son Maurice Edelston, born in Hull, was a professional player for Reading either side of World War Two and went on to become a well known sports broadcaster, covering tennis and football – he commentated on several FA Cup Finals in the 1960s and 1970s.
Date/Place of Birth: 27 April 1891, Appley Bridge
Hull City First Game: 29 March 1913, Fulham H (Division Two), 21 years, 336 days old
Hull City Final Game: 26 April 1920, Rotherham County H (Division Two) , 28 years, 365 days old
St Helens Recreational, Hull City (1913-1920), Manchester City (1920), Fulham (1920-1926)
Hull City Record
Career: 117 apps, 0 goalsJoe Edelston