Born: 1st October 1936, Dudley, Worcestershire
Died: 21st February 1958, Munich, Germany aged 21
Positions whilst with England: Left Half &
- Edwards was one of the starlets of Manchester United's Busby Babes. Born in Dudley, Edwards signed for the Old Trafford club as a sixteen year old where he helped United win the first ever FA Youth Cup in 1953. At 16 years and 185 days he became the youngest player to play in the top flight on 4th April 1953 against Cardiff. He quickly became a team regular and won his first cap two years later (almost to the day) whilst also helping United to two League titles.
His fate was to be part of the Munich Air Crash on 6th February 1958 when the Manchester United charter flight crashed on take-off after refueling in Munich on the way home from a successful European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade. He died 15 days later of his injuries.
A centre half of immense physique and a fantastic footballing brain, Stanley Matthew's called him "a rock in a raging sea" and Bobby Moore likened him to the Rock of Gibraltar.
- An English Football Internationals' Who's Who by Douglas Lamming (Hutton Press 1990)
- England's Who's Who by Tony Matthews (Pitch Publishing 2013)