‘Busby Babe’ Eddie Lewis dies

Lewis was one of the original ‘Busby Babes’ in the early 1950s, but

he struggled to earn a regular place at Old Trafford as he competed

with the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, Tommy Taylor and Dennis

Viollet. He moved on to Preston, where he scored on his debut,

before being signed by West Ham in a swap deal with Frank O’Farrell

in 1956. Lewis netted 15 goals in his 36 appearances for the

Hammers and played a key role in helping the east Londoners earn

promotion back on Division One in the 1957/58 season. He went on to

play for Leyton Orient and Folkestone Town before ending a brief

spell in management to emigrate to South Africa, where he took on

coaching roles with several teams. Lewis was also a well-respected

analyst with the TV channel Supersport before ill health forced him

into retirement, although he remained a technical advisor with

Moroka Swallows during his battle with cancer.