Edward Edwards was recruited from Broken Hill and played in two Norwood trial matches prior to the 1911 season. Playing at half back, he impressed sufficiently to be selected in the league side for round one against West Adelaide. Despite a two goal loss, Edwards earned praise for his performance. The Express reported, “Of their team Edwards, who took Harold Miller’s place at half back on the left wing was probably the safest man. He is from Broken Hill and without doubt he is a valuable acquisition.”
He retained his place for the remainder of the season and often his play was described as solid and reliable.
Edward returned for the 1912 season and continued to play in the same vein. However controversy arose in a game against Port Adelaide in May. He and Oliver of Port Adelaide were reported for fighting. Mr Cleland, Chairman of the League, was the sole arbiter. Wishing to set an example that such behaviour would not be tolerated, Oliver, the protagonist was suspended for three weeks and Edwards, the retaliator for two.
The decision riled many supporters. A petition was drawn up and sent to Chairman Cleland. He was unmoved and the suspensions stood.
Edwards returned to the league side two weeks later and played his part in a win against Sturt.
The final game of the season also proved to be Edward’s last. Unfortunately it was a five goal loss to North Adelaide but Edwards was named in the best players
B Ridge May 2019