Sunderland born wing half Edward “Ned” Liddell began his playing career with East End Black Watch in 1901 before moving to Whitburn in 1902 and then Seaham White Star in 1903. He spent 1903-04 on the books at Sunderland without making a first team appearance, before joining Southern League Southampton in 1905, where he made a solitary appearance for their first eleven. In the 1906 close season he joined Second Division Gainsborough Trinity and made his Football League debut against Chesterfield Town that September, playing 10 times before joining Clapton Orient in the summer of 1907, where he had his most successful spell as a player. He stayed 6 seasons at the club, scoring 3 times in 201 appearances, being a member of the teams that twice finished fourth in the Second Division in 1910-11 and 1911-12, before joining Southern League Southend United in 1913. He ended his League career at Firsr Division Woolwich Arsenal, joining the club in 1914 and playing twice for the club in April 1915. He continued to play for the club during World War One and was a member of Arsenal’s reserve team until he re-joined Southend United as player manager in 1919, although his tenure only lasted a year
In April 1920 he moved to Queen’s Park Rangers taking them into the Football League for their inaugural League season, where he was manager until March 1924 before returning to Southend as assistant manager. His next role was as chief scout for Fulham and he subsequently went on to become their third manager in five years when he took up the post in May 1929, taking over from Joe Bradshaw as he had at Southend and staying in the post until April 1931. He finished his managerial career at Luton Town joining them in August 1936 and leading them to the Third Division (South) Championship in 1936-37, before leaving at the end of February 1938.