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Duncan Edwards

Manchester United FC

18 caps, 5 goals

P 18 W 10 D 5 L 3 F 50: A 21
69% successful

1955-57

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
1620

Profile

Full name Duncan Edwards
Born 1 October 1936 at 23 Malvern Crescent, Holly Hall, Dudley, Worcestershire [registered in Dudley, December 1936]. To Gladstone and Sarah (n�e Harrison) Edwards.
Attended Priory Road Junior School and Wolverhampton Road Secondary Modern, Dudley
Partner Duncan had announced his engagement to his girlfriend, Molly Leach, days before the tragedy.
Died 21 February 1958 in the Rechts der Isar hospital, Munich, aged 21 years 143 days [not registered in England & Wales].
Edwards succumbed to the injuries that he had sustained in the plane crash fifteen days earlier.
One of 23 fatalities of the Munich Air Disaster, one of four England players.
Funeral Service on 26 February, held at St Francis' Church and buried in Holly Hall Cemetery, Dudley, with his sister, Carol Anne, who had died in 1947, aged 14 weeks.
Height/Weight 5' 11", 13st. 0lbs [1957].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Patrick Talbot's White Shirt, Black Country [2004] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies x
 

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) Played school football with Wolverhampton Street Secondary School, where his skills and talent were harnessed and was soon playing regularly football with Dudley Schoolboys and Worcester County XI.  Despite interest from several clubs, Duncan always wanted to play for Manchester United FC, and on 31 May 1952, that wish became a reality when Jimmy Murphy and Bert Whalley secured Edward's signature as an amateur, at his Dudley home. He eventually signed his professional contract on 1 October 1953.
Club honours Football League Champions 1955-56, 1956-57; FA Cup runners-up 1956-57;
Individual honours Football League (four appearances), European Football of the Year (third place) 1957;
Distinctions Became the youngest Manchester United FC player in the Football League when he played against Cardiff City, 4 April 1953, aged 16 years 185 days.
Also became the first International player to appear in the FA Youth Cup Final in April 1955.
One of only handful of players who have a street named after him.  Duncan Edwards Close is in Dudley, DY1, opposite Dudley Cemetery.  Also a Duncan Edwards Court in the Newton Heath area of Manchester, M40.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Patrick Talbot's White Shirt, Black Country [2004]

England Career

Player number One of three who became 743rd players (745) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-half
First match No. 294, 2 April 1955, England 7 Scotland 2, a British Championship match at The Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 18 years 183 days.
Last match No. 317, 27 November 1957, England 4 France 0, a friendly match at The Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 21 years 57 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1954-55, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1957-58;
Team honours British Championship winners 1954-55, 1956-57, (shared) 1955-56, (shared) 1957-58;
Individual honours England B (4 appearances), England U23 (6 appearances), England Youth, England Schoolboys (1950-53, 9 appearances)
Distinctions Cousin of Ray Westwood (Bolton Wanderers and England), second cousin of Dennis Stevens (Bolton Wanderers and England U23).

On 6th February 1958 the airliner carrying players and backroom staff of Manchester United, plus a number of journalists and supporters, crashed in a blizzard on its third attempt to take off from Munich airport. United were returning from Belgrade where they had just beaten Red Star Belgrade in the European Cup and had stopped off at Munich for re-fuelling. Twenty-three of the forty-four passengers on board the aircraft lost their lives. - Munich Remembered and Never Forgotten - Munich58.co.uk

 

Duncan Edwards - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
18+ 18 9 18 0 0 1620 5 324 min 2 None None
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Duncan Edwards - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 7 6 0 1 29 11 +18 0 1 4.143 1.571 85.7 +5
Away 11 4 5 2 21 10 +11 2 2 1.909 0.909 59.1 +2
All 18 10 5 3 50 21 +29 2 3 2.778 1.667 69.4 +7

 

Duncan Edwards - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 17 9 5 3 47 20 +27 2 3 2.765 1.176 67.6 +6
Red 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 18 10 5 3 50 21 +29 2 3 2.778 1.667 69.4 +7

 

Duncan Edwards - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

3 2 1 0 10 3 +7 0 0 3.333 1.00 83.3 +2
WCF 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
World Cup 3 2 1 0 10 3 +7 0 0 3.333 1.00 83.3 +2
British Championship 6 3 2 1 17 8 +9 0 1 2.833 1.333 66.7 +2
Friendly 9 5 2 2 23 10 +13 2 2 2.556 1.111 66.7 +3
All 18 10 5 3 50 21 +29 2 3 2.778 1.667 69.4 +7

 

Duncan Edwards - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP 1956-58 3 2 1 0 10 3 +7 0 0 3.333 1.00 83.3 +2
All 3 2 1 0 10 3 +7 0 0 3.333 1.00 83.3 +2
British Championship Tournament
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1954-55 1 1 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 7.00 2.00 100.0 +1
BC 1955-56 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1956-57 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 0 0 1.50 1.00 75.0 +1
BC 1957-58 2 1 0 1 6 3 +3 0 1 3.00 1.50 50.0 =0
All 6 3 2 1 17 8 +9 0 1 2.833 1.333 66.7 +2
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 3 2 1 0 10 3 +7 0 0 3.333 1.00 83.3 +2
BC 6 3 2 1 17 8 +9 0 1 2.833 1.333 66.7 +2
All 9 5 3 1 27 11 +16 0 1 3.00 1.222 72.2 +4

 

Duncan Edwards - Match History
 Club: Manchester United F.C. - 18 full caps

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 18 full capsx

Age 17
1 u23 20 January 1954 - Italy U23 3 England U23 0, Stadio Comunale, Bologna Fr AL Start ?
1 b 24 March 1954 - West Germany B 0 England B 4, Gl�ckauf Kampfbahn, Gelsenkirchen Fr AW Start 6
May 1st 1954 was the date set by FIFA for a list of forty names to be submitted, from which the final 22 could be selected for each country's World Cup squad. England's list appeared on April 22 1954, nine days ahead of the deadline. 18 were destined not to make the final cut including Duncan Edwards.
2 b 22 May 1954 - Switzerland B 2 England B 0, Basel Fr AL Start 6
Age 18
2 u23 8 February 1955 - Scotland U23 0 England U23 6, Shawfield Park, Glasgow Fr AW Start
9
3 b 23 March 1955 - England B 1 West Germany B 1, Hillsborough, Sheffield Fr HD Start 6
1 294 2 April 1955 - England 7 Scotland 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start 6
2 295 15 May 1955 - France 1 England 0, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris Fr AL Start 6
3 296 18 May 1955 - Spain 1 England 1, El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Chamartín, Madrid Fr AD Start 6
4 297 22 May 1955 - Portugal 3 England 1, Estádio do Futebol Clube do Porto, Oporto Fr AL Start 6
Age 19
4 b 21 March 1956 - England B 4 Switzerland B 1, The Dell, Milton Road, The Common, Southampton Fr HW Start 6
5 302 14 April 1956 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Start 6
6 303 9 May 1956 - England 4 Brazil 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 6
7 304 16 May 1956 - Sweden 0 England 0, R�sunda Fotbollstadion, Solna Fr AD Start 6
8 305 20 May 1956 - Finland 1 England 5, Olympiastadion, Helsinki Fr AW Start 6
9 306 26 May 1956 - West Germany 1 England 3, Olympiastadion, Westend, Berlin Fr AW Start 6
Age 20
10 307 6 October 1956 - Northern Ireland 1 England 1, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AD Start 6
11 310 5 December 1956 - England 5 Denmark 2, Molineux, Waterloo Road North, St.Peter's, Wolverhampton Fr HW Start 10
12 311 6 April 1957 - England 2 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start 6
13 312 8 May 1957 - England 5 Republic of Ireland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley WCP HW Start 6
14 313 15 May 1957 - Denmark 1 England 4, Idrætsparken, København AW Start 6
15 314 19 May 1957 - Republic of Ireland 1 England 1, Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin AD Start 6
Age 21
16 315 19 October 1957 - Wales 0 England 4, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AW Start 6
17 316 6 November 1957 - England 2 Northern Ireland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley HL Start 6
18 317 27 November 1957 - England 4 France 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 6

Notes

23145376 Lance Corporal Edwards D also served in the Army for two years doing National Service.
Serving mostly at the Ammunitions Depot at Nescliff.

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