In 1952, aged 16 years and 185 days, Duncan Edwards was the youngest player to appear in the English First Division. In under five playing years he was the driving force behind Manchester United winning two league championships and reaching the European Cup semi final.
Tragically, Duncan was lost to his family, friends and the football world at the age of 21 following injury sustained in the Munich air disaster on the 6th February 1958.
Born: 1st October 1936 – Dudley, England Position: Left Half
Club Career: Years Team Apps Gls 1953 – 1958 Manchester United 177 (21)
International Career: 1955 – 1957 England 18 (5)
Physically imposing, “Big Dunc”, “The Tank” or “Boom Boom” as he was nicknamed could do it all a football pitch. Although known as defensive midfielder Duncan could play in any outfield position. He would tackle like the Devil before surging forward and passing or shooting with either foot. Outstanding in the air and fearless in endeavour he commanded authority on the pitch and ignited the best in others.
One of the youngsters bloodied by Sir Matt Busby, that became collectively known as the “Busby Babes” Duncan Edwards helped Manchester United to win back to back championships in 1955-56 and 1956-57.
Narowly missing out on the English domestic double in 1975, losing the FA Cup final 2-1 to Aston Villa, Duncan was involved in Manchester United’s first season in the European Cup, including United’s record 10-0 win over Anderlechet. A score that remains Manchester United’s biggest ever margin of victory to this day.
Capped 18 times by England and scoring 5 goals in total, he appeared in all four qualifying games for the 1958 World Cup due to be held in Sweden. Duncan was expected, by much of the press, to assume the captaincy of the national team at the finals.
Bobby Charlton said of Big Dunc that he was “the only player that made me feel inferior”, whilst Terry Venables claimed that, had he lived, it would have been Edwards, not Bobby, who lifted the World Cup as England Captain in 1966.
Time Vault Soccer doff’s it’s cap to this Manchester United and England Legend with a representation of the 1955-56 First Division winning season.
Time Vault Soccer Profile:
Position: Midfield (Left, Center) Rating: 2 Star Skill Stats: ATTACK 5 DEFEND 5 Special:
Lead by Example (Leadership Skill): While Duncan Edwards is attacking or defending the next 1 star player joining this move whose attack or defend rating is lower than Duncan’s becomes equal to Duncan’s.
Season Stats: Year Team App Gls Hons 1955 – 1956 Manchester Utd 46 (5) 39 (1) (Div 1)
Strategy Tip: Provides versatility to your strategy by enabling 1 star attackers to defend resolutely and 1 star defenders to surge forward with menace, suited to Managers preferring to evolve a strategy as a match develops.
Features in: “Debut 50’s Expansion Squad – Card No: 34/64”
Figures in (Italics) = stats for their National side.