David Edwards (footballer)

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David Edwards
AUT vs. WAL 2016-10-06 (168).jpg
Edwards playing for Wales in 2016
Personal information
Full name David Alexander Edwards[1]
Date of birth (1986-02-03) 3 February 1986 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Pontesbury, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Number 4
Youth career
1996–2003 Shrewsbury Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Shrewsbury Town 119 (12)
2007–2008 Luton Town 19 (4)
2008– Wolverhampton Wanderers 283 (41)
National team
2006–2008 Wales U21 9 (1)
2007– Wales 39 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:56, 7 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:03, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

David Alexander Edwards (born 3 February 1986) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Wales national team. He is known for his energetic runs and work rate.

Edwards began his career at hometown club Shrewsbury Town before a short stay at Luton Town, brought him to the attention of Wolverhampton Wanderers, for whom he signed in January 2008. With Wolves he has played in three different divisions, including the Premier League.

A full international since 2007, Edwards has earned over 30 caps for Wales and represented the nation at UEFA Euro 2016.

Club career[edit]

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

Born in Pontesbury, Shropshire,[1] Edwards started as an apprentice at his hometown club, Shrewsbury Town,[2] and made his professional debut in the final match of 2002–03 season as a 83rd-minute substitute for Jamie Tolley in a 2–1 defeat at home to Scunthorpe United on 3 May 2003,[3] as Shrewsbury were relegated from the Football League.[4]

Shrewsbury secured an instant promotion back to the Football League in 2003–04,[5] though Edwards did not play a large role, making just 16 appearances.[6] Upon the club's return to the Football League, Edwards became a regular first-team player, 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.[7] Shrewsbury lost the match 3–1 at Wembley Stadium and missed out on promotion to League One.[8]

Luton Town[edit]

On 26 June 2007, Edwards signed for Luton Town on a three-year deal.[9] 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,[10] with Shrewsbury reporting £250,000 as the initial payment, plus a further £150,000 based on appearances.[11][12]

Edwards made 19 league appearances for Luton Town in League One and scored four goals.[13] 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.[14] He became linked with Championship teams Watford and Nottingham Forest after a strong performance in an FA Cup third round match at home to Liverpool.[15] Luton accepted a £675,000 offer from Wolverhampton Wanderers.[16]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

Edwards playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2014

On 14 January 2008, Edwards signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Wolverhampton Wanderers.[17] Five days after signing, Edwards made a goalscoring debut for the club in a 2–0 win away to Scunthorpe United.[18] 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.[19][20] Following the conclusion of the season, Edwards signed a new three-year contract with the club.[21]

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 on 20 September 2009.[22] He suffered ankle ligament damage that December which kept him out for four months,[23] but he recovered to make five appearances in the closing months as the club retained their top-flight status.[24] Edwards' contribution to Wolves in the 2010–11 season was severely hampered by injuries. He signed a new three-year contract with the club, including an option of a one-year extension,[25] and made 12 appearances, scoring once in a 2–1 victory at home to Manchester City,[26] where he scored past his former Shrewsbury team-mate, and lodger, Joe Hart.[27]

Edwards suffered two injury setbacks during the 2012–13 season, when he firstly tore his hamstring in December in a 4–1 win away to Bristol City,[28] and after returning to first-team action, suffered a broken foot in the reverse fixture.[29] Edwards remained with the club after they suffered a second consecutive relegation,[30] scoring nine goals as the team won promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt as League One champions.[31][32] On 13 June 2014, Edwards signed a new two-year contract with the club.[33]

On 8 August 2015, he scored the winning goal in Wolves' first game of the 2015–16 season away to Blackburn Rovers, finishing Nouha Dicko's cross with his hand.[34] Manager Kenny Jackett said after the game that the goal was scored by Edwards' hand, albeit not deliberately.[34] Five days later, he signed a one-year contract extension to last until 2017.[35] On 23 January 2016, Edwards broke the fifth metatarsal in his foot during a 1–1 draw away to Queens Park Rangers,[36] ruling him out for three months.[37] He returned to first-team football on 5 April as a 92nd-minute substitute for Joe Mason in a 2–1 win away to Milton Keynes Dons.[38]

International career[edit]

Edwards playing for Wales in 2016

Edwards qualifies for Wales through his father from Welshpool.[39] He 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.

His first experience with the senior team was under John Toshack in 2007, remaining an unused substitute against Slovakia.[40] He made his full international debut on 17 November 2007 against the Republic of Ireland at the Millennium Stadium as a 37th-minute substitute for Carl Robinson in a 2–2 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying match.[41]

On 10 October 2008, Edwards scored the opening goal in a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein,[42] and against Azerbaijan on 6 June 2009.[43] 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 volley from Aaron Ramsey's assist in the 16th minute.[44]

Personal life[edit]

Edwards attended Pontesbury's Mary Webb School and Science College[2] and shared a house with England international Joe Hart during their days at Shrewsbury Town.[45] Edwards still resides in Pontesbury with his wife Emma and their two children.[46]

In 2015, Edwards and a friend opened a children's indoor soft play centre in Shrewsbury called Little Rascals.[47] In 2017, Edwards launched his charity, The Little Rascals Foundation, aiming to help children with disabilities. The charity launch event, hosted by Jacqui Oatley with guest speaker Kit Symons, in the absence of Wales national football team manager Chris Coleman, was held at the New Meadow, the home of Edwards' hometown club Shrewsbury Town, and raised just under £13,000.[48]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 7 May 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shrewsbury Town 2002–03[3] Third Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2003–04[6] Football Conference 16 0 0 0 6[a] 0 22 0
2004–05[49] League Two 27 5 1 0 1 0 1[b] 0 30 5
2005–06[50] League Two 30 2 2 2 0 0 1[b] 0 33 4
2006–07[51] League Two 45 5 2 0 1 0 3[b] 1 51 6
Total 119 12 5 2 2 0 11 1 137 15
Luton Town 2007–08[13] League One 19 4 4 0 2 0 1[b] 0 26 4
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2007–08[13] Championship 10 1 10 1
2008–09[19] Championship 44 3 2 0 2 0 48 3
2009–10[24] Premier League 20 1 0 0 1 0 21 1
2010–11[26] Premier League 15 1 2 0 1 0 18 1
2011–12[52] Premier League 26 3 0 0 2 1 28 4
2012–13[53] Championship 24 2 0 0 1 0 25 2
2013–14[31] League One 30 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 31 9
2014–15[54] Championship 41 6 2 2 1 0 44 8
2015–16[55] Championship 29 5 1 0 0 0 30 5
2016–17[56] Championship 44 10 3 0 2 0 49 10
Total 283 41 11 2 10 1 0 0 304 44
Career total 421 57 20 4 14 1 12 1 469 63
  1. ^ Five appearances in FA Trophy, one in Football Conference play-offs
  2. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy

International[edit]

As of match played 11 June 2017[57]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Wales 2007 2 0
2008 8 1
2009 8 2
2010 4 0
2011 1 0
2012 3 0
2014 1 0
2015 4 0
2016 7 0
2017 1 0
Total 39 3

International goals[edit]

As of match played 11 June 2017. Wales score listed first, score column indicates score after each Edwards goal.[57]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 11 October 2008 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales 8  Liechtenstein 1–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification [42]
2 6 June 2009 Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan 14  Azerbaijan 1–0 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification [43]
3 14 November 2009 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales 18  Scotland 1–0 3–0 Friendly [44]

Honours[edit]

Shrewsbury Town

Wolverhampton Wanderers

References[edit]

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