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.