WFFC Advent Calendar: 2 – Roy Edwards

Roy Edwards was one of the few players who played for both Leyton and Leyton Pennant.

Despite begining his career as a midfielder, he made the move – as many players do – towards the defence, where he eventually found his place at right back.

His debut came in Leyton Pennant’s second ever match – a 3-2 defat to Bognor Regis Town, and he went onto make 42 appearances that season, scoring three goals.

The following season – the 1996-7 season – Edwards’ appearances were more limited, but he still managed 29 starts and one goal.

His final season with the club was the 1997-8 season, where he only managed 9 appearances before departing.

Edwards had several spells away at clubs like Dagenham, before they became Dagenham & Redbridge and St Albans, where he made one appearance in 1991.

According to Charlie Ward, Edwards was “not the most subtle of players, but a bustler who was not afraid to put his foot in on more than a few occasions (plus fist and elbows as well)”

Ward’s favourite memory of Edwards “has to be when at Tooting & Mitcham on a muddy Saturday afternoon when the penalty spot had been washed away and he was arguing with the ref as to where he should spot the ball.

The Referee booked him, and then got the groundsman to come on and whitewash the very place that Roy wanted to take the kick from (he never rescinded the yellow card though).”

In total, Edwards made 80 appearances for Forest, though probably made a lot more playing for Leyton. You can read more about Edwards in David Chapman’s history of Leyton FC: Dubbined Boots and Shin Pads. You can find more information on this fantastic book here.

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