William H Edwards
Date of Birth:
08 January 1952
Place of Birth:
(1974/75 - 1977/78)
Paddington born Billy Edwards began his football career with Spurs where he played centre half as their youth team won the 1970 FA Youth Cup. Unable to progress at White Hart Lane he teamed up with Allen Batsford at Walton and Hersham. Converted to left back, he was part of the successful Stompond Lane outfit that won the FA Amateur Cup in 1973 before he stared in the 4-0 victory over Brian Clough's Brighton side in the FA Cup the season after.
Moving to Plough Lane with his manager in the summer of 1974 he was an influential part of the Wimbledon side that won at Burnley and look league champions Leeds to an FA Cup replay before winning the Southern League title. Edwards was virtually ever present over the next two seasons as the club completed a hat trick of title triumphs before being elected to the Football League. He was voted Player of the Year following the 1976-77 campaign in which the Dons had one of the meanest defences the Southern League had ever seen.
After making his Football League debut at Torquay in the club's third Fourth Division match he went on to play 21 more games for the club before he moved onto Maidstone United following the arrival of Dario Gradi as manager in January 1978. He enjoyed three seasons at London Road before becoming player manager at Tooting & Mitcham.
In later years he regularly policed Wimbledon games during the Selhurst Park era.
1973-1974 Walton & Hersham ? (?)
1974-1978 Wimbledon 132 (9)
1978-1981 Maidstone United 31 (1)
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