Eddie Lyons (footballer)
|Full name||Albert Edward Lyons|
|Date of birth||20 May 1920|
|Place of birth||Rochdale, England|
|Date of death||November 1996(aged 76)|
|Place of death||Bracknell, England|
|Playing position(s)||Full back|
|Gravesend & Northfleet|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Albert Edward Lyons (20 May 1920 – November 1996) was an English professional football full back who played in the Football League for Bury, Millwall, Crewe Alexandra and Rochdale. After his retirement as a player, Lyons served Brentford in a number of backroom roles for over 30 years.
A full back, Lyons began his career in wartime football with Stockport County and after the war, he played in the Football League for Bury, Millwall, Crewe Alexandra and Rochdale. He ended his career in non-league football with Southern League clubs Dartford and Gravesend & Northfleet and won the league title with the latter club in the 1957–58 season.
Physiotherapy and coaching career
After retiring from football, Lyons became assistant trainer at Brentford. He also helped Ted Gaskell with the running of the club's short-lived 'A' team in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Lyons progressed to become the club physiotherapist in the 1970s and took caretaker charge for one match in September 1976 after the departure of John Docherty. Lyons was awarded a testimonial for his service in May 1984 and at age 63, he played the final 15 minutes of the match against Chelsea. He earned £8,000 from the match (equivalent to £25,900 in 2020), was given a gold watch and was presented with a Canon League Loyalty Award by Brentford chairman Martin Lange. In September 1990, he came out of retirement to serve as a physiotherapist for the officials at an England international match at Wembley Stadium.
After leaving league football, Lyons settled in Ealing and purchased a newsagents, which he ran with his wife Iris. Lyons suffered from health problems in later life, including bladder cancer, a stroke and having a triple heart bypass operation. As of August 1996, he was living in Bracknell.
Gravesend & Northfleet
- Canon League Loyalty Award
|Millwall||1949–50||Third Division South||4||0||—||4||0|
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- Brentford's Official Matchday Magazine versus Luton Town. 24 August 1996. p. 19.
- Official Brentford Programme 2006/2007 versus Leyton Orient. Dunwoody Sports Publishing. 31 January 2007. pp. 38–39.
- Griffin Gazette: Brentford's Official Matchday Magazine versus Crewe Alexandra. Quay Design of Poole. 6 April 1996. p. 20.
- Croxford, Mark; Lane, David; Waterman, Greville (2013). The Big Brentford Book Of The Nineties. Sunbury, Middlesex: Legends Publishing. p. 41. ISBN 9781906796723.
- Gravesend & Northfleet F.C. at the Football Club History Database
- "Millwall Season 49/50 Stats". www.millwall-history.org.uk. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
- "Millwall Season 50/51 Stats". www.millwall-history.org.uk. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
- "Millwall Season 51/52 Stats". www.millwall-history.org.uk. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
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