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Harlow Town legend Dave Edwards passes away

News / Fri 26th Jun 2015 pm30 03:29pm

Dave EdwardsDAVE Edwards, who played for Harlow Town FC more than 120 times and then went on to manage the club during the 1980s and ’90s, has died at the age of 67.

Mr Edwards, of Elmbridge, Old Harlow, passed away yesterday (Thursday, June 25) after a long illness. His family were by his side.

Born in Willesden, Mr Edwards moved to Harlow when he was 14 and quickly established himself on the local football scene, playing in the Harlow Minors League before moving on to the senior side.

As a tough and uncompromising defender, he played for Harlow Town over 120 times and scored nine goals but it was as a manager that he will best be remembered.

He took charge of the club from 1985 to 1994 and during that time was manager for more than 500 games.

His legendary status was secured when he stayed at the club after it was dissolved in the 1992-93 season and rebuilt a competitive side from scratch.

He also had spells in charge of Bishop’s Stortford, Stansted, Saffron Walden, Ware, Hertford and Bromley.

Close friend Alan Howick said: “It is a very sad loss but Dave will be fondly remembered. He was a great guy and hugely popular, an inspiration to many.

“He took over at Stansted Football Club when they were not a strong side but put together a fantastic team of players and he won three trophies with them, including the FA Vase at Wembley, which was a great achievement.”

Mr Howick added: “He was a terrific man and a great friend for many years. He was totally dedicated to football and his job as a courier suited him as he could take time off for the matches.

“While he would admit to not being the greatest tactician, he had a real knack to get the best out of players and that’s what made him great.”

Mr Edwards leaves a wife, Angela, two sons and grandchildren.

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