Edmondson, John (James)



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Edmondson was a wanted man when Exeter City secured his signature in September 1923 from Swansea Town.

The transfer fee of £300 was the stumbling block as far as Queen’s Park Rangers and Chesterfield were concerned, but the Grecians happily paid it.

The player had commenced his career with Lancashire side, Leyland. He then played for Leeds City between 1914 and 1919 making 11 appearances and scoring six goals.

Moving to Sheffield Wednesday in 1919-20, he netted twice in 14 league outings.

His best spell came when he linked up with Swansea City in the summer of 1920, as he rattled in 33 goals in 60 league appearances, so much was expected of him when moved to Exeter. It didn't work out that way though.

After making his debut against Reading at St James’ Park and scoring in the 3-2 win, he featured in the next five matches, ending with the game at home to Brighton and hove Albion when he badly dislocated his shoulder.

This proved to be the last game he played for the club as the injury necessitated him retiring from the game.






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Paul Farley:

I think should be John Edmondson not James!

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Leeds City saw Edmondson while he was playing in the West Lancashire League with Leyland and signed him in April 1914. He had to await his chance in the first team as Billy McLeod was the City’s leading light and record goal-scorer. He was given his chance when McLeod was injured and he took the opportunity well scoring three times in the five games he had before McLeod recovered from injury. It proved to be the last season before the Football League ceased for the duration of WW1. With the advent of WW1 a war-time League was played and Billy McLeod played with Bradford City as he was employed in Bradford. This gave Edmondson the chance to establish himself as City’s first choice Centre Forward and scored ten goals in nineteen games before he departed for the duration of the War. On the cessation of hostilities Edmondson duly returned to Elland Road and after missing the first two games of the 1919-20 season he was ever-present from that point until the demise of the club, scoring three times in the six remaining games. He was one of the City players to be auctioned at the Metropole Hotel and he was duly sold to First Division The Wednesday for £800 on 17th October 1919. He was not able to reproduce his Leeds City form for Wednesday only scoring twice in fourteen appearances as the Sheffield club struggled to avoid relegation. He moved to Third Division South Swansea Town in May 1920 for £500 and found the going much easier against Third Division opponents and topped the Swansea scorers in his first season with the Welsh club as he scored twenty times, including two from the penalty spot, in thirty-two games as the Swans finished fifth. He stayed at Swansea until he joined Exeter City in September 1923 scoring thirty-three goals in sixty League appearances. He managed just one goal in six appearances for the Grecians before retiring.

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