Paul Vanes writes:
HOLDING EDWIN JOHN – Eddie born 15 October 1930 died 09 February 2014.
Joined Walsall as an amateur in 1947 before signing professional forms in 1949 then made his debut against Gillingham on 16 September 1950, A half back who was converted into a full back Eddie played 25 league and one cup game scoring three times in 1951/52. At the end of that season he went to Derby County before returning without getting a senior game and his final season at Fellows Park 53/54 saw him play 15 league and cup games netting five goals before moving to Barrow where he had a tremendous start scoring a hat trick on his debut but only managed 5 games and five goals. His next stop was with Northampton Town, Eddie never pulled on the first team shirt and moved into non league football as a result of opening his own business in Wolverhampton.
Eddie joined Nuneaton Borough and in two seasons made over 40 appearances scoring 28 goals, his next port of call was to the Windmill Ground making a losing debut for Lockheed against Aston Villa “A” on Thursday August 23rd 1956, sadly this was Eddie’s only game for the Brakes and by the end of the month Eddie was off again this time to Evesham United and then on to Brierley Hill Alliance.
He was manager of Tamworth in the 1960s and moved on to the Staffordshire FA County Youth team where he nurtured the careers of Keith Ball, Phil Parkes and Ray Train amongst many other up and coming youngsters.
He died after a long battle with prostrate cancer on Sunday at the age of 83.
On behalf of all Brakes Trust members and fans of Leamington Football Club, we hope the family, close relatives and the many, many friends of Eddie will accept our sincere condolences.
As we do not have a picture of Eddie, you can find one of him on the Express and Star website, last Monday’s edition outside Molineux with the legendary Bert Williams, both members of the Walsall Former Players Association.