Rob Edwards (footballer, born 1982)
|Full name||Robert Owen Edwards|
|Date of birth||25 December 1982|
|Place of birth||Madeley, England|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2003||→ Crystal Palace (loan)||7||(1)|
|2004||→ Derby County (loan)||11||(1)|
|2011||→ Norwich City (loan)||3||(0)|
|2012||→ Fleetwood Town (loan)||4||(0)|
|2013||→ Shrewsbury Town (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Robert Owen "Rob" Edwards (born 25 December 1982) is an English-born retired Welsh international footballer who played as a centre back. He is currently Under-18s coach at his former club Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Edwards began his career with Aston Villa, making his senior debut in the Premier League. After only nine games though he moved to Midlands neighbours Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2004, where he spent four seasons at Championship level. He also played at that level for both Blackpool and Barnsley before retiring in 2013.
Born in Madeley, Shropshire, Edwards started his career as an apprentice at Aston Villa, and worked his way up to his first-team debut on 28 December 2002, in a 1–0 home win over Middlesbrough. In January 2003, after playing in three consecutive matches at right-back he signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract with the club. However, he managed just nine appearances in total for the Villans, all during 2002–03. He was sent on loan to Crystal Palace in November 2003, where he spent one month, playing six games and scoring one goal in a 1–1 draw with Coventry City.
Edwards made the short journey across the Midlands and joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in July 2004 in a three-year deal for £150,000. His Molineux career made a slow start, after playing in the club's opening four league games following the club's relegation from the Premier League, he suffered ankle ligament damage that kept him sidelined for almost six months.
The defender gained more playing time in the 2005–06 campaign after Jackie McNamara's first season with the club was curtailed by injury, allowing Edwards to step in. He played the majority of the following season under new manager Mick McCarthy but suffered knee ligament damage in April 2007. that kept him out of the season's end as the team made the play-offs.
On 5 September 2007 in a reserve team match against Walsall he again suffered knee ligament injury. He scored his first and only goal for Wolves on 9 February 2008 in a 4–2 home defeat to Stoke City.
He was placed on the transfer list in May 2008, despite having one year still to run on his contract.
On 6 August 2008, he left Wolves to join Blackpool, signing a two-year contract with an option for a further year for an undisclosed fee. He made his debut for the Seasiders on 9 August 2008 in a 1–0 home defeat to Bristol City. Edwards was captain of the side for the 1–1 draw at Norwich City on 16 August as Keith Southern who had captained the side up to then in the 2008–09 season, was suspended.
On 29 August, Blackpool manager Simon Grayson confirmed that Edwards would be team captain for the season. His first goal for the Seasiders came on 29 December 2008 when he scored Blackpool's second equaliser in a 2–2 draw against his former club Wolverhampton Wanderers at Bloomfield Road. On 18 February 2009, Edwards scored his second goal in the only goal in the match for Blackpool as they went on to lose 4–0 against Derby County. During the his first season, Grayson left as a Blackpool Manager to join managed Leeds United and Tony Parkes was the caretaker manager for Blackpool where he was manager until end of the season. Also, Edwards suffered an ankle injury but return to training to re-establish his place in the side.
After Parkes left Blackpool over finances, Manager Ian Holloway was manager. At the time, Edwards urged all the players to do their utmost to impress their new manager.  Under Holloway, Edwards made 21 appaearance and never played much as he was on the bench with Holloway favoured Alex Baptiste and Ian Evatt
On 19 July 2010, he agreed a new contract with Blackpool, a one-year deal with an option for a further 12 months. Edwards explain playing in the Premier League was the reason behind him signing a new contract at the club. On November 2010, Edwards made his first Premier League appearance with Blackpool since the 2002/03 season when he faced against his former club Aston Villa in a 3–2 loss. However, Manager Holloway put on Edwards for fielding what they believed to be a weakened team and was fined £25,000. Edwards made 4 more appearance this season with Blackpool in the Premier League campaign. After Blackpool's relegation, Edwards was among 11 players to be released.
After his first-team football at Blackpool was limited, but on 21 February 2011, Edwards signed for Norwich City on loan until the end of the season where he is looking forward to the chance to play first-team football and as cover for Elliott Ward and Zak Whitbread following Leon Barnett's hamstring injury. He made his debut as a second-half substitute for Zak Whitbread in the 1–1 draw against Preston North End on 5 March 2011. Edwards made 2 more appearance for the club and Edwards was hardly used when he was on the bench.
After his released from Blackpool, Edwards was signed for Barnsley on a free transfer, becoming Keith Hill's seventh signing of the summer. Edwards made his debut for the club in a 0–0 draw against Nottingham Forest where he received a yellow card and made his first start and also played 90 minutes. On 21 February 2012, Edwards scored an own goal in a 3–1 loss against Birmingham City.
On 11 October 2013, he announced that he had retired from professional football at the age of 30.
Club career statistics
- As of 24 August 2010
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
|2002–03||Aston Villa||Premier League||8||0||1||0||-||9||0|
|2003–04||Crystal Palace (loan)||First Division||7||1||-||-||7||1|
|2003–04||Derby County (loan)||First Division||11||1||-||-||11||1|
a. 1 league play-off appearance for Blackpool in 2010 (included in 2009–10 total)
- Norwich City
Edwards represented England at youth level, but not in a UEFA-recognised game, so qualified for Wales as his parents are both Welsh. He made his debut for Wales before he left Aston Villa, on 29 March 2003, in a 4–0 European Championship qualifying victory over Azerbaijan.
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- "Former Wales and Wolves defender Rob Edwards announces his retirement from playing". Sky Sports. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
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