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Silkmen A-Z: Elfyn Edwards

30 May 2019

As we continue our walk down Memory Lane, this afternoon we feature one of our most popular captain's of yesteryear

Elfyn Edwards was a true leader and much loved skipper for the club between 1986 and 1993. The Welshman adhered himself to the Moss Rose faithful every single week, with his committed, no nonsense performances which oozed passion and belief.

Elfyn began his career as an apprentice at Wrexham, before he moved to Tranmere Rovers where he would go on to make 62 appearances for The Super White Army between 1979 and 1981.

Even during his time at Prenton Park, Elfyn was quickly developing into a tenacious centre-half who commanded a copious amount of respect from his team-mates and opponents alike.

Elfyn then moved to Conference side Runcorn and during his time with The Linnets that he cemented his position as one of the most sought after defenders outside the Football League.

He helped Runcorn to Conference glory in 1982, in what represented their first season in the fifth tier - having only been promoted from the Northern Premier League twelve months earlier.

The Linnets stormed to the title and were only defeated on five occasions that season - much of that defensive prowess was undoubtedly down to the leadership skills which Elfyn exemplified.

He was also a member of the Runcorn side which reached the FA Trophy Final in 1986, before being snapped up by Peter Wragg the following summer.

Elfyn came to the Moss Rose determined to succeed and his arrival coincided with one of the most successful season's in our illustrious history.

Macc went on to win the Northern Premier League treble that season and with it came promotion to the Vauxhall Conference - allowing Elfyn the right to play in the fifth tier once more.

But what was arguably more unbelievable about that season was the personal sacrifices that Elfyn made to support our promotion push.

At the time Elfyn was employed in the Fire Service and this demanded long hours which may well have threatened his ability to lead The Silkmen's rearguard. Yet even after fifteen hour shifts at work, Elfyn would eagerly arrive at the ground ready to give his all once more.

That commitment, that passion and that dedication shows beyond any doubt why that glorious side were so successful.

Elfyn was quickly made team captain and this was a move which nobody could deny him, as he continued to stand out as a vocal and inspiring leader.

He played a pivotal role in establishing the club in the Vauxhall Conference and in 1989 returned to Wembley as Wragg's side faced Telford United in the FA Trophy Final.

All in all, Elfyn was to make over 350 appearances for The Silkmen and he was duly awarded a testimonial season back in 1992 - the highlight of which was a game against the illustrious Blackburn Rovers.

After helping to ensure our Conference survival with a final day victory over Champions Wycombe Wanderers, Elfyn followed Peter Wragg in moving to Halifax Town in the summer of 1993.

He later went on to play for Southport, Winford United and Warrington Town, but will always be remembered here at the Moss Rose as one of our greatest ever captains.


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