|Full name||Willis Edwards|
|Date of birth||April 28, 1903|
|Place of birth||Newton, Derbyshire, England|
|Date of death||September 27, 1988(aged 85)|
|Place of death||Leeds, England|
|Playing position||Right half|
|1958||Leeds United (Caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Willis Edwards was born in the mining village of Newton, North East Derbyshire, not far from Chesterfield and Alfreton. Like many boys in the area, he left school to go down the pit but he was soon spotted by Chesterfield as a teenager, playing for the village football team Newton Rangers.
Having been close to joining Blackburn Rovers, he instead signed for Chesterfield, where he made his debut in 1919 at the age of just 16. He went on to play 70 league games for the Spireites before joining Leeds United towards the end of the 1924–25 season.
Edwards played for the Elland Road club for 14 years, during which time he was never booked or sent off. He went on to make 444 appearances. Edwards continued turning out for Leeds during the war years and remained at the club after the war. On retiring as a player, he became the Leeds United assistant coach and trainer and he took over the managerial reins when Billy Hampson stepped down in May 1947. His time as manager was relatively unsuccessful and he resumed his place in the backroom staff in April 1948, where he acted as a scout for the club. He only ended his association with Leeds in 1960, after serving the club for 35 years.
Life after football
In his later working years, Edwards worked in Moorhouses jam factory on Old Lane in Beeston and he died in Leeds on 27 September 1988, aged 85.
|Leeds United||May 1947||April 1948||47||13||26||8||27.66|
|Leeds United(Caretaker)||June 1958||December 1958||10||5||4||1||50.00|
- "Players/Managers: Willis Edwards - Player (1925-43) - Manager (1947-48)". The definitive history of Leeds United. mightyleeds.co.uk. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
- "Willis Edwards". England International Database 1872-2012. England Stats. Retrieved 20 May 2012.