David Edwards (footballer)

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Dave Edwards
Eggert Jonsson, David Edwards 2008.jpg
Edwards, in red kit, playing for Wales
Personal information
Full name David Alexander Edwards
Date of birth (1986-02-03) 3 February 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Pontesbury, England[1]
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Wolverhampton Wanderers
Number 4
Youth career
1996–2003 Shrewsbury Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Shrewsbury Town 120 (12)
2007–2008 Luton Town 19 (4)
2008– Wolverhampton Wanderers 166 (19)
National team
2006–2008 Wales U21 9 (1)
2007– Wales 26 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:08, 18 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:37, 14 Sep 2012 (UTC)

David Alexander Edwards (born 3 February 1986, Pontesbury) is a Wales international footballer who plays as a midfielder for League One club Wolverhampton Wanderers. He is known for his energetic runs and work rate.

Early life[edit]

Edwards was born in Shrewsbury, and attended Mary Webb School in Pontesbury.

Club career[edit]

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

Born in Shrewsbury, Edwards started as an apprentice at his hometown club, Shrewsbury Town[2] and made his debut on the final match of 2002–03 season, coming on as a substitute in a 2–1 defeat at home to Scunthorpe United on 3 May as the Shrews were relegated from The Football League.

He did not play a large role in Shrewsbury's promotion-winning campaign from the Football Conference, but did enjoy a run of games in the second half of the season. Upon the club's return to the Football League, he became first choice, a role he retained for three successive seasons at Gay Meadow. Towards the end of the 2006–07 season, Edwards was the subject of transfer speculation, after rejecting an offered extension to his Shrewsbury contract. He was then controversially left out of the play-off final against Bristol Rovers by then-manager Gary Peters despite playing an important role in their run to the final.[3] The Shrews went on to lose 3–1 and missed out on promotion to League One.[4]

Luton Town[edit]

On 26 June 2007, Edwards signed for Luton Town on a three-year deal. As he was under 24, Shrewsbury commanded a compensation fee to cover his youth development. The eventual fee was agreed at a tribunal, but clubs reported differing figures; Luton claiming it was £250,000,[5] with Shrewsbury reporting £250,000 as the initial payment, plus a further £150,000 based on appearances.[6][7]

Edwards made 19 league appearances for Luton Town in League One. However, the club was struggling financially and were only able to pay their players' weekly wages twice in three months, hence a 10-point deduction.[8] He became linked with Championship sides Watford and Nottingham Forest after some good performances in the FA Cup tie against Liverpool. Luton accepted a £675,000 offer from Wolverhampton Wanderers. On 16 January, he signed a two and a half year deal.[9][10]

Wolves[edit]

Edwards playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers

Two days after signing, Edwards made a goalscoring debut for Wolves on 18 January, in a 2–0 win at Scunthorpe United, the club he had faced in his Shrewsbury debut.[11] However, injuries kept him from playing a regular role in the remainder of the season. He returned fit for the following season, but found new signing David Jones often preferred alongside captain Karl Henry in central midfield; however, Edwards still started half the season's games as they won promotion to the Premier League.

The midfielder became a regular in the team after promotion, and contributed the winning goal against Fulham in the first home win of the season.[12] He suffered ankle ligament damage in December 2009 which kept him out for four months,[13] but he recovered to make a handful of appearances in the closing months as the club retained their top flight survival. Edwards' contribution to Wolves in the 2010–11 season was severely hampered by injuries. He did however, make 12 appearances, scoring once, in a 2–1 victory against Manchester City, where ironically he scored past his former Shrewsbury team-mate, and lodger, Joe Hart.[14]

Edwards suffered two injury setbacks during the 2012–13 season, when he firstly tore his hamstring in December 2012 a match away at Bristol City,[15] and then, after returning to first team action, suffered a broken foot, ironically in the return match against Bristol City.[16]

He is contracted to the club until Summer 2014.[17]

International career[edit]

Despite his English birthplace, Edwards chose to represent Wales at international level, qualifying through his Welsh Grand-Parentage.

Edwards had previously played for the Wales U17 and U19 teams making his U21 debut against Cyprus on 16 May 2006. He had been selected for the under-21 squad for an earlier friendly against Northern Ireland on 28 February 2006, but missed the match through injury. He made his full international debut on 17 November 2007 against the Republic of Ireland as a substitute in a 2–2 Euro 2008 qualifier.

On 10 October 2008, Edwards scored the opening goal in a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein, and against Azerbaijan on 6 June 2009.[18] He ended the campaign with two goals. Following Wales' disappointing qualifying campaign, he was called up again for 14 November 2009 friendly against Scotland, a 3–0 win, and opened the scoring with a close-range finish from Aaron Ramsey's assist.[19]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list. Wales's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 October 2008 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales  Liechtenstein 1–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
2. 6 June 2009 Tofik Bakhramov Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan  Azerbaijan 0–1 0–1 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
3. 14 November 2009 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales  Scotland 1–0 3–0 Friendly

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shrewsbury Third Division 2002–03 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Football Conference 2003–04 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
League Two 2004–05 27 5 1 0 1 0 1 0 30 5
2005–06 30 2 2 2 0 0 1 0 33 4
2006–07 45 5 2 0 1 0 3 1 51 6
Total 120 12 5 2 2 0 5 1 132 15
Luton Town League One 2007–08 19 4 4 0 2 0 1 0 26 4
Total 19 4 4 0 2 0 1 0 26 4
Wolverhampton Wanderers Championship 2007–08 10 1 0 0 0 0 - - 10 1
2008–09 44 3 2 0 2 0 - - 48 3
Premier League 2009–10 20 1 0 0 1 0 - - 21 1
2010–11 15 1 2 0 1 0 - - 18 1
2011–12 26 3 0 0 2 1 - - 28 4
Championship 2012–13 24 2 0 0 1 0 - - 25 2
League One 2013–14 25 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 26 6
Total 164 17 4 0 7 1 0 0 175 18
Club career total 303 33 13 2 11 1 6 1 333 37

As of 08:47, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
1 Includes Johnstone's Paint Trophy

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ "Dave's joy at Premier prospect". Shropshire Star. 21 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Edwards forgives Peters for axe". BBC Sport. 16 April 2008. 
  4. ^ "Shrewsbury's finest 2000–10". Shropshire Star. 6 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Edwards Deal Agreed". www.lutontown.co.uk. Retrieved 18 August 2007. 
  6. ^ "Edwards Fee". ShrewsWeb (registration required). Retrieved 18 August 2007. 
  7. ^ "Luton, Shrews end Edwards dispute". BBC Sport. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 4 August 2007. 
  8. ^ "Edwards escapes mad-Hatters party". South Wales Echo. 13 January 2008. 
  9. ^ "Wolves complete Edwards transfer". BBC Sport. 14 January 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2008. 
  10. ^ "Edwards' up and downs of 2007". South Wales Echo. 5 February 2008. 
  11. ^ "Scunthorpe 0–2 Wolves". BBC Sport. 19 January 2008. 
  12. ^ "Wolverhampton 2–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. 20 September 2009. 
  13. ^ "Wolves suffer Dave Edwards ankle injury blow". BBC Sport. 14 December 2009. 
  14. ^ "Wolves hero: Hart will be happy I fired the winner". Daily Mirror. 30 October 2010. 
  15. ^ "Wolves: Dave Edwards ruled out with hamstring injury". BBC Sport. 4 December 2012. 
  16. ^ "Wolves trio Carl Ikeme, Bakary Sako and Dave Edwards ruled out for the season". Express & Star. 25 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "Options taken up". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 17 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Azerbaijan 0–1 Wales". BBC Sport. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  19. ^ "Wales 3 Scotland 0 – Diamond victory for Tosh". Western Telegraph. 16 November 2009. 

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