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Ernest Frederick "Ernie" Edds (19 March 1926 – 7 June 2017) was an English footballer who played as a forward. He made 190 appearances in the Football League for Plymouth Argyle, Blackburn Rovers, Torquay United and Swindon Town.

Ernie Edds
Personal information
Full name Ernest Frederick Edds[1]
Date of birth (1926-03-19)19 March 1926
Place of birth Portsmouth, England
Place of death 7 June 2017(2017-06-07) (aged 91)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Portsmouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1946 Millwall 0 (0)
1946–1949 Plymouth Argyle 59 (18)
1949–1951 Blackburn Rovers 18 (3)
1951–1953 Torquay United 84 (34)
1953–1955 Plymouth Argyle 26 (4)
1955 Swindon Town 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Life and careerEdit

Edds began his career as an amateur with Portsmouth and later signed a professional contract with Millwall.[2] He served in the British Army during the Second World War, which brought him to Plymouth.[3] Edds was seen playing for an Army team in the Plymouth and District League by Plymouth Argyle and the club agreed a fee with Millwall for his transfer.[2] Having made one appearance in his first season, Edds competed with Maurice Tadman for the centre forward position in the 1947–48 campaign and was the club's top scorer with 14 goals in 23 matches.[2] A move to the inside left and outside left positions saw his form suffer and he lost his place in the side at the start of the 1949–50 campaign.[2]

He was transferred to Blackburn Rovers later in the season, where he spent 18 months and scored three goals in 18 league appearances.[4] A lack of first team opportunities at Blackburn saw Edds return to Devon in 1951 to join Torquay United.[2] He scored 34 times in 84 league games over the next two years.[4] He was brought back to Plymouth Argyle early in the 1953–54 season in exchange for Harold Dobbie as the club sought a replacement for Alex Govan.[3] Edds played regularly on his return, but when he lost his place in the team the following season, was allowed to join Swindon Town, having scored 22 goals in 88 league and cup appearances for Argyle.[2][3] Edds made three appearances for Swindon in August 1955 before he was forced to retire due to injury.[1]

Edds died June 7, 2017.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ernie Edds". Swindon Town Archive. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Ernie Edds". Greens on Screen. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Knight, Brian (1989). Plymouth Argyle: A Complete Record 1903–1989. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 129. ISBN 0-907969-40-2. 
  4. ^ a b "Ernie Edds". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Athey, Neil (2017-06-07). "One of the oldest Blackburn Rovers players, Ernie Edds, has died at the age of 91". Lancashire Telegraph.