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Eddie Lewis (1935 - 2011)

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Eddie Lewis

Eddie Lewis was born in Manchester on January 3, 1935 and died May 2, 2011, aged 76. He joined the Hammers in November 1956 and wore claret and blue for a couple of seasons.

 

He had a varied and fascinating career, starting out as a “Busby Babe”, playing for four football league clubs and finishing his career in South Africa.

 

Competition for a first team place at Manchester United was fierce and despite an impressive scoring record with the Red Devils (nine goals in 20 league games) he was unable to command a regular first team place and soon transferred to Preston North End. A short stay at Deepdale and he moved to east London in a transfer arrangement that saw Frank O’Farrell move in the opposite direction.

 

Eddie played as centre forward or as an inside forward.  He made an impressive start to his West Ham career with a goal on his debut in the 2-1 win over Leicester City at Upton Park on November 24, 1956. In his first season he played in 24 Division Two games knocking in nine goals, plus a couple of FA Cup games scoring another goal.  The ten goals made him the club’s joint top goalscorer with Billy Dare. The following season ensured Eddie’s name would be forever etched in the history books.  He was a member of the squad that gained promotion to the Division One after a 26 year absence.  Eddie’s role was a member of the shadow squad making seven league appearances and contributing a significant 3 goals.  His last goal for the club was a penalty in the 1-1 draw against Barnsley in February 1958. Rather poignantly this was the match when the teams lined up for a minute’s silence in memory of the Munich Disaster in which several of his former Manchester United team mates died. Two months later on April 19, 1958 he played his last game for the Hammers in the home draw with Liverpool. After 31 league (12 goals) and five FA Cup games (3 goals) and facing stiff competition for a place in the starting XI, he transferred to Leyton Orient in the summer of 1958.  

LEWIS Eddie pen pic LEWIS Eddie 1

by Roger Hillier

Portrait

Eddie Lewis in Leyton Orient shirt circa 1960

Goal

At Leyton Orient he successfully converted to full back which helped give him his longest spell with a league club.  Six seasons at Brisbane Road saw him clock up 143 league appearances (5 goals) before a move to Folkestone Town bought Eddie’s football league career to a close.  After 16 years of league football his career total league games and goals was 206 and 28 respectively.

 

In 1970 he emigrated to South Africa where he continued his career in coaching and more latterly as a football pundit.

In action for West Ham United v. Stockport County January 1958 FA Cup 3rd Round. Eddie Lewis, watched by John Dick barging goalkeeper over the line for one of his two goals in the 3-2 win

Orient 1963-64

Leyton Orient 1963-64

Back row: Malcolm Musgrove, Eddie Lewis, Sid Bishop, Mike Pinner,  Cyril Lea, Malcolm Lucas.

Front row : Harry Gregory, Gerry Ward, Stan Charlton, Gordon Bolland, Norman Deeley.

Leyton Orient

Tributes Eric Parsons Derek Parker

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31  League

5    FA Cup

1    Southern Floodlit Cup

2     Essex Professional Cup

 

 

12   League

3     FA Cup

1     Essex Professional Cup