Harry Edwards (footballer)

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Harry Edwards
Personal information
Full name Henry Ross Edwards
Date of birth 1870
Place of birth Coventry, England
Place of death Coventry, England
Playing position Inside forward / Centre half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
18??–1892 Singer's
1892–1893 Small Heath 5 (1)
1893 Ryton Rovers
1893–1894 Leicester Fosse
1894–1895 Derby County 0 (0)
1895–1898 Wolverton L&NWR
1898–1899 Watford
1899–1900 Bedford Queens Works
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Henry Ross Edwards (1870 – after 1899) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for Small Heath.[1]

Edwards was born in Coventry, Warwickshire. An inside forward,[2] he attracted the attention of the Small Heath club, whose scout went to watch him playing for Singer's; they signed him, together with his more impressive teammate Frank Mobley, who went on to score 64 goals in four seasons for Small Heath.[3] Edwards played in the first five games of the 1892–93 season – Small Heath's first season in the Football League – and scored on his debut, in a 5–1 defeat of Port Vale,[4] but could not compete with Billy Walton and the prolific Fred Wheldon.[2] He played for Leicester Fosse in the Midland League and for Derby County, without appearing in their Football League side, before moving to Southern League club Wolverton L&NWR.[1] Edwards settled well at Wolverton, playing as an attacking centre half, and stayed for three seasons before moving to fellow Southern League club Watford.[2]

Edwards' younger brother Bill was also a professional footballer who played for Small Heath.[2]

Edwards died in his native Coventry.[2]


  1. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 82. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 85. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ Matthews, p. 111.
  4. ^ Matthews, p. 141.