Bryan Edwards (1930-2016)

  • June 21, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Bryan Edwards has passed away at the age of 85.

Edwards represented Wanderers between 1947, having signed on his 17th birthday, and 1965, making a total of 518 appearances during an 18-year career which leaves him sixth on the club's all-time appearance list.

Having missed the 1953 FA Cup final due to a combination of military service and a broken leg, Edwards returned to feature in the 1958 victory over Manchester United to forever place his name in Trotters folklore.

After retiring from the game, Edwards would go on to have coaching spells at Blackpool, Preston North End and Plymouth Argyle, before moving into management at Bradford City in November 1971.

He spent little over three years in charge at Valley Parade, overseeing the Bantams' relegation into the fourth tier, before resigning from his post in January 1975.

Edwards would later train as a physiotherapist and worked for Huddersfield Town and Leeds United, before returning to Bradford in July 1977 where he held the roles of physio, assistant manager and general manager at various times.

His death leaves just three surviving members of Bolton's 1958 FA Cup winning side - Tommy Banks, Doug Holden and Brian Birch - and he is survived by his wife, Jean, two sons and grandchildren.

Everybody at Burnden Aces would like to send their condolences to Bryan's family at this difficult time.

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