• Les Dagger PNE

  • News has come through from South Africa that former Preston North End footballer, Eddie Lewis, died from Cancer in a Johannesburg hospital on May 2nd. He was aged 76.

  • Manchester-born Eddie joined Manchester United as a 16 year-old amateur and was a product of their junior system. He played 20 games for United before being transferred to Preston North End for 9,000 in December 1955. Lewis was a big strapping centre-forward who certainly had an eye for goal. He made his North End debut on the 10th December 1955 in a 3-2 defeat away at Aston Villa, but he scored one of the goals. Despite his bright start he was soon struggling to make the first eleven, being kept out by Dennis Hatsell. He stayed at Deepdale just eleven months, making just 13 appearances.

  • In November 1956 Preston set up a player-exchange deal with West Ham United that took Lewis to Upton Park in return for wing-half, Frank O‘Farrell. After a spell with the ‘Hammers’, Lewis was transferred to Leyton Orient where he was converted to full-back! Once his League career was over, Eddie played non-league for Folkstone and also managed Ford Sports in the Greater London League. He left for South Africa in 1970 obtaining work in the Insurance business. Once settled he played for a team named Jewish Guild, in East London and then White Waters University, Johannesburg. He became a coach for the National team and lived in South Africa until he sadly died. Our condolences go to his family and friends, at home and abroad.

  • Words by Ian Rigby.