Eddie Lewis (English footballer)

Eddie Lewis (English footballer)

Edward 'Eddie' Lewis (born January 3 1935 in Manchester) is an English former footballer.

One of the original Busby Babes, Eddie Lewis played for Goslings and then for the MUJACS, joining the Old Trafford ground staff in the 1947-48 season. Lewis signed for West Ham United from Preston North End in a swap deal that saw Frank O'Farrell move in the other direction. He helped West Ham win promotion during the 1957-58, and did the same with Leyton Orient in 1961-62. He was converted from centre forward to full back with Leyton Orient, and probably played his best seasons in that position. He went on to play for Folkestone Town and later managed Clapton FC and Ford Sports FC in the Greater London League.

Lewis emigrated to South Africa in the 1970 and spent time as a coach of Wits University, Kaiser Chiefs, Giant Blackpool, Moroka Swallows and many other leading clubs. He has since worked as an analyst for the TV sports station Supersport and also for PA Sports.

In July 2007, 72-year old Lewis was appointed Technical Advisor to one of the leading football clubs in South Africa, Moroka Swallows, under their new Zimbawean born manager Ian 'Dibango Gorowa, who is a former Zimbabwe international striker. This being his 37th year that Eddie has been involved in the development of South African football.


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*Kaufman, Neilson N. (2003) "The Men Who Made Leyton Orient FC". Tempus Publishing
*Kaufman, Neilson N. (1990 and 2006). "The Complete Record of Leyton Orient FC". Breedon Book Publishing

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