Eddie Colquhoun

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Eddie Colquhoun
Personal information
Full name Edmund Peter Skirving Colquhoun[1]
Date of birth (1945-03-29) 29 March 1945 (age 72)
Place of birth Prestonpans, Scotland
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1967 Bury 81 (2)
1967–1968 West Bromwich Albion 46 (1)
1968–1978 Sheffield United 363 (21)
1978–1980 Detroit Express 69 (4)
1979–1980 Detroit Express (indoor) 11 (1)
1981 Washington Diplomats 9 (0)
Total 490 (24)
National team
1971–1973 Scotland 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Edmund Peter Skirving Colquhoun (born 29 March 1945 in Prestonpans) is a Scottish former footballer, who played for Sheffield United and Scotland. He played in the position of Centre back.

Known to players and fans as Eddie Colquhoun, he started his professional football career with Bury in 1962. He made 81 league appearances and scoring twice for the Shakers. He moved on to West Bromwich Albion in 1967. He stayed for three seasons with West Brom.

In 1968, Sheffield United had just been relegated to Second Division, the Blades manager at the time was Arthur Rowley, and he signed Colquhoun from West Brom for £27,500.[2]

He made his debut for Sheffield United against Huddersfield Town on 19 October 1968. Colquhoun was uncompromising, hard tackling and a leader in his play, and was instantly made team captain for his home debut at Bramall Lane against Charlton Athletic on 26 October 1968, in a match United won 2–0. The following week he scored his first goal for the Blades against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on 2 November.

Colquhoun proved to be an excellent signing and was an integral part of the Sheffield United side which won promotion to the First Division in season 1970–71. He made a total of 416 appearances (363 league) with 21 goals (21 league) in all competitions for Sheffield United between 1968–1978.[3]

A sign of his popularity was the chant containing his name; We ain't got a barrel of money, But we've got Woodward and Currie, And with Eddie Colquhoun, Promotion is soon, United.

He won nine international caps for Scotland between 1971–1973. He made his international debut in a UEFA European Football Championship Qualifier against Portugal at Hampden Park on 13 October 1971.[4]


  1. ^ "Eddie Colquhoun". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Clarebrough, Denis (1989). Sheffield United F.C., The First 100 years. Sheffield United Football Club. 
  3. ^ Since 1988 Football League Database. (accessed 28 December 2006)
  4. ^ Eddie Colquhoun at the Scottish Football Association

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