The oldest player yet to turn out for the club, he was signed by
Raich Carter at the age of 40 - Carter knew what he was getting
since the two had been together at Hull 5 years previously. He
captained Leeds in his final game at the age of 41 years and 23
days, but left the club to retire from professional football at the
end of the season. He died in Hull in summer 1983.
Anthony Burbanks says: Eddie, my uncle, although not capped, did
play for England in the war years. His widow, Joyce, still lives in
Hull. He scored the winning goal for Sunderland in the 1937 cup
Joe Mackinder says: Eddie and his wife had a sweetshop on
Holderness Road,round the corner from where I lived in the 60's
& 70's. They were one of the nicest couples I've known,he never
boasted about his football days but I knew he was one of my dad's
hero's.I didn't even know he had played for Leeds 'till my son
bought a book on them. I believe he lived somewhere near Hull
City's ground on Boothferry Road.
Ian Melton says: I remember Eddie from my days as a kid in
Hull.My dad and I used to walk up Holderness Road to go to
Boothferry park in the late 60s early 70s, my father knew him on
account of some work he had done for him so used to drop into his
shop. I remember him to be a polite man who always had time for his
customers and gave me the odd free lolly. His shop is now a net
curtains shop called Chesters.
Robin Chester says: Ian Melton commented that his shop is now a
net curtain shop called Chesters.His shop was actully the one next
door which is now Welcome Financial Services.I know this because I
now own Chesters (third ogeneration).With regard to Eddie I only
knew him as a youngster but I always found him to be a most polite
and charming man.My father Ron Chester knew him much better than I
did and always speaks of him in the fondest of terms.
Paul Flanagan says: I spent the first four years of my life
living above Eddie & Joyce's shop. I have fond memories of a
never ending supply of sweets and promotional toys and such like to
keep my brothers and I amused. We left in November 1967. My
mother's still alive and we often recall those happy days with
fondness. Lovely people.