Edmonds Alf “Eddie” Image 1 Clapton Orient 1930

Edmonds Alf “Eddie” Image 1 Clapton Orient 1930


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Brighton, Sussex born right half Alf “Eddie” Edmonds began his football career with Vernon Athletic after the First World War and had his first spell with hometown Third Division (South) club Brighton & Hove Albion in 1922-23, when he didn’t feature for the first team. After a spell back in non league football with Allen West he re-joined The Seagulls in July 1925, making his Football League debut at Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in February 1926, Edmonds making a further 4 appearances before the season end. However he remained on the fringes at The Goldstone Ground, and made only 14 appearances in total before leaving Brighton to join Clapton Orient in August 1929.

In his first season with The O’s he mainly played at inside right and centre forward, scoring 14 goals during their 1929-30 campaign and finishing as the club’s top goalscorer for the season, however he then reverted to the half back line during two further seasons of regular football for Clapton Orient, mainly playing at centre half or right half. However although Orient struggled he left Millfieds Road when signed by Second Division club Bury in June 1932 after 18 goals in 93 matches for The O’s. At Gigg Lane he reverted to a fringe role, and made only 13 appearances for The Shakers over the next two seasons. He then joined Third Division (North) club Mansfield Town in May 1934, where he scored 4 goals in 38 appearances during their 1934-35 campaign, before retiring from full time professional football and moving into non league action with Manchester North End, his final club before his retirement.

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