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Goalkeeper Edwards dies aged 91

Harry Edwards

Harry Edwards

Harry Edwards, the great goalkeeper of the World War Two era, passed away on Friday, aged 91, at St James Capua Hospital, Sliema.

Busuni, as he was popularly known, was born in Cospicua on November 6, 1913 and was one of three fine footballers in the family, the other two being George, another goalkeeper, and Johnnie, a full-back.

Edwards' first club was Hibernians. He first played for them in the Amateur League in 1931 before moving to Sliema Wanderers in 1935 to fill the void left by another quality goalkeeper at the time, Joe Nicholl, who had retired from the game.

Edwards' stint at Sliema was a tremendous success. In four years he won three league titles and twice the FA Trophy and Cassar Cup.

Before the war broke out, Edwards joined home club St George's and also played in goal for the RAF team during his time at the Services.

After the war he played for Sliema and Hibs on an on-off basis before quitting the game.

During his career in goal, he played 16 times for the MFA XI in prestigious friendlies against foreign teams.

Last year, football historian Carmel Baldacchino included Edwards in his selection as one of Malta's best ever footballers in the book 'Hundred of the Best'.

The funeral will be held tomorrow at Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish church, St Julian's, at 2.30 p.m.

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