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BRYAN EDWARDS - 1930-2016

22 June 2016

Club News

BRYAN EDWARDS - 1930-2016

22 June 2016

The Club was deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of former manager Bryan Edwards.

Bryan died this Tuesday (21 June 2016) aged 85.

Born in nearby Woodlesford, Leeds, Bryan managed Bradford City between 1971 and 1975 following a successful playing career.

He played 518 times for Bolton Wanderers and won the FA Cup with the Lancashire side back in 1958.

A talented cricketer in his youth, Bryan also spent some time with the military for National Service.

After initially leaving City in 1975, Edwards became a qualified physiotherapist and eventually returned to Valley Parade two years later following brief spells coaching at Huddersfield Town and Leeds United.

In his second period at Bradford, Bryan (far right, middle row) filled a host of roles, including assistant manager, coach, physio, general manager and match-day host in the banqueting areas.

Bryan was involved with the club when City earned promotion in both 1981 and 1985. 

Current City boss Stuart McCall was one of a whole host of players to feature for the Bantams during Bryan's time at the Valley Parade.

Bryan continued to live in the Bradford area following his retirement.

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him at Bradford City, and the football club would like to pass on its deepest sympathies to Bryan's family and friends during this difficult time.

Bryan is survived by his wife Jean, his two sons and grandchildren.

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