Andy Edwards (full name Andrew David Edwards)
Born 17 September 1971 in Epping, Essex
Andy started his career as a schoolboy at West Ham United before signing scholarship forms at Southend United in 1988. He made his debut as a 17-year-old against Wigan Athletic in the same year.
After signing as a professional with the “Shrimpers” in 1989, Andy enjoyed successive promotions to the second tier of English football and enjoyed five years at that level before being transferred to Birmingham City in July 1995 for a fee of £450,000.
At Birmingham, Edwards was part of the side that reached a League Cup semi-final before being transferred in November 1996 to the Posh. He made his debut for the club in Posh’s best win of the season on the 30th November when the side beat Rotherham United 6-2 at London Road.
Andy went on to captain the side to promotion at Wembley in 2000.
In total Andy made 266 starts for the Posh in the Football League which makes him ninth in the list of most (starting) Football League appearances for the club.
In March 2003 Andy joined Rushden & Diamonds and played a part in their promotion to the Second Division as champions. Andy scored the goal against Carlisle United that saw the club seal promotion.
After leaving Nene Park in the summer of 2004, Andy re-joined Southend United and again enjoyed successive promotions as the club went from League Two to the Championship. After a loan spell with Conference club Grays Athletic, he left Roots Hall in 2006 and joined Aldershot Town, but injury ended his career in January 2007.
During his playing career he achieved six promotions and played for a number of clubs, including Southend United, Birmingham City, Peterborough United, Rushden & Diamonds, Grays Athletic and Aldershot Town.
Following his retirement, Andy moved into coaching, with spells as assistant manager at St Albans City and as a coach within the Arsenal Academy. He joined Leyton Orient as youth team manager in 2009, which “evolved into the role of academy director” in 2011. He and Kevin Dearden assisted Kevin Nugent during Nugent’s brief tenure as manager.
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