Player Profile: Duncan Edwards

Early Life

Duncan Edwards was born on the 31st of October 1936 to parents Sarah and Gladstone Edwards. He grew up in Dudley, Worcestershire.

School Boy

He was a fine school boy player and would win trophy after trophy with his school team. Duncan was the star player and his strength dominated defenders. His ball control was excellent and it didn’t take long before he was scouted for England school boys.

Scouted

After that the top teams were interested and he soon drew the attention of the top two clubs in England-Wolves and Man United.

Duncan was to choose Manchester and it was they who were nurturing young youth talent. He made his debut in 1953 as a substitute he did well earning his place in the team as left forward with some wonderful performances.

National service

Duncan Edwards of Manchester United and England as England play Scotland at Wembley.

Duncan was called up for England in 1955 and he made 4 international appearances before getting called up for two years’ national service. In this time he was allowed to keep playing but not as much.

Manchester United

Duncan won two Divisions One titles in 1955-56 and 1956-57 seasons.

Later accolades would come after his death when he won: Football league 100 legends, team of the century and English football hall of fame.

Sir Stanley Mathews said of him;

“Duncan Edwards could play anywhere. He would slot into that position as he had been playing there throughout his career. When the going got rough, Duncan was like a rock in the raging sea.”

Munich

The Munich Air Disaster has become an event of historic significance for Manchester United Football Club.

The team, flying home from a 3-3 draw to red star Belgrade stopped at Munich for a refill of gas. The weather was snowy.

The plane made three attempts to take off but crashed on the 3rd try.

The plane exploded killing eight of the United team. Duncan, although seriously injured fought on.

Although suffering with kidney damage, two broken legs and a broken rib he fought for his life for twenty one before succumbing to his injuries.

Legacy

Duncan would have been one of the best. His legacy, so great, he would have played for England more and lift the World Cup in 1966.

Sir Bobby Charlton has said that Duncan was the best player he ever played with and he shared the pitch with players such as Eusebio, Pele and Denis law.

His impact on United was so great that he was mourned around the world and still brings visitors to his place of birth and Old Trafford.