Bryan Edwards (footballer)

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Bryan Edwards
Personal information
Date of birth (1930-10-27)27 October 1930
Place of birth Woodlesford, Leeds, England
Date of death 21 June 2016(2016-06-21) (aged 85)
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1965 Bolton Wanderers 483 (8)
Teams managed
1971–1975 Bradford City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Bryan Edwards (27 October 1930 – 21 June 2016) was an English football player and manager. He played 518 games for Bolton Wanderers picking up an FA Cup Winners medal in 1958 and later managed Bradford City and was a coach and physiotherapist at several clubs.

Playing career[edit]

Edwards excelled at both football and cricket and had trials for both sports, at Bolton Wanderers and Yorkshire CCC in 1947.[1] He joined Bolton and signed a full-time professional contract in October 1947. He stayed at Burnden Park for 18 years, although his career was interrupted by two years National Service,[1] winning an FA Cup winners medal in 1958 when Bolton defeated Manchester United 2–0. He made 483 league appearances and 518 in all league and cup games mostly as a wing half before later playing as a centre half retiring in 1965, aged 35.

Managerial career[edit]

When Edwards retired he first joined Blackpool as assistant trainer-coach before moving to Preston North End first as coach and later first-team trainer. He moved to Plymouth Argyle as chief coach, before becoming manager at Bradford City in November 1971.

He took over with City struggling towards the bottom of Division Three but he could not arrest the slide and the club were relegated in bottom place in the 1971–72 season. The club came 16th the following season and 8th in 1973–74 before Edwards resigned in January 1975 to be replaced by Bobby Kennedy.

He became a qualified physiotherapist and served as physio and coach at Huddersfield Town and youth team coach at Leeds United before returning to Bradford City in July 1977. He filled a host of roles at Valley Parade including physio, assistant manager and general manager.[1]

Later life[edit]

He died in June 2016, aged 85.[2]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Nat Year Record
G W D L Win %
Bradford City[3] England 1971–1975 167 56 42 69 33.53
Career Total 167 56 42 69 33.53

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