Duncan Edwards

Born : 01 Oct 1936
Signed : 01 Jun 1952
Debut : 04 April 1953 v Cardiff (H) League
Goals total : 21
Appearances total : 177
Position: : Half-back
Left United : 21 Feb 1958   Died 21 February 1958

debut aged just 16 years and 185 days old  on 4 April 1953, against Cardiff City. Edwards signed as a professional eight months later, on his 17th birthday, becoming a regular member of the team in the 1953/54 season. Although primarily a left-back, he could give an accomplished performance anywhere on the field.

As a player, Duncan Edwards never gave less than 100 per cent. His attitude on the football pitch was paralleled with a determination to succeed in life. When talking of his life after football he realistically said: “It's nice to be cheered, but you can’t live forever on cheers. It’s what you have in the bank when you have finished the game that cheers a footballer most of all. People forget very easily and I don't want to become like some of the old-timers wearing tattered caps and cadging free tickets outside the grounds."

This probably prompted him to become one of the first players to make the most out of his status, sponsoring energy drinks and other products. He also wrote a book, just before his death, called 'Tackle Soccer This Way.'

On the football field his success was spectacular. By 21 he had won three Youth Cup winners’ medals, two league championships and appeared in an FA Cup final.

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