With over 400 appearances for Leeds, Willis Edwards was
well-known to the club and the fans as a solid centre-half whose
playing career with the club had started in 1925 and gone on into
World War II when he turned out occasionally when the club were
short of players. On Billy Hampson's resignation just before the
end of the terrible season of 1946-47, Edwards took over and tried
to improve the team's fitness and morale.
However his efforts seemed to have little effect, and with
relegation to Division 3 looking a real possibility, Edwards
returned to a position as assistant trainer. He stayed with the
club for a further 10 years before spending some time working in a
jam factory before he drew his pension.