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Robert Edwards (footballer born 1973)

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Full nameRobert William Edwards
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionDefender / Midfielder

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Robert William Edwards (born 1 July 1973 in Kendal, Westmorland) is a British professional footballer. He most recently played for Football League One side Exeter City before retiring in May 2011, and is a Welsh international, being capped on four occasions.

Edwards, a defender, started his career as a trainee with Carlisle, playing in 56 first team games with the club. On 27 March 1991, Robert completed a £135,000 move to then Division Two side Bristol City.

In over eight seasons at Ashton Gate, Edwards made 266 appearances and earned his first cap for Wales. On 8 August 1999 Edwards moved on a free to then League One side Preston North End, where he played an important role in Preston's title victory, and promotion to the second tier. On 1 July 2004, Edwards moved to League One side Blackpool where he made 69 appearances before being released on a free at the end of the 2005 06 season by manager Simon Grayson.

After playing on trial with his first club Carlisle and also League 2 side Rochdale, Edwards was snapped up by Conference side Exeter City. Since signing for the Grecians in 2006, he has since established himself as a first team regular in the heart of the defence for Exeter City and in December 2007, City Manager Paul Tisdale appointed Rob as player-coach at Exeter: coaching the reserves, while still being a member of the first team. In fact, he was the only member of the squad to start in all 46 matches of Exeter's 2007 08 campaign. That season culminated in Edwards scoring the winning goal at Wembley on 18 May 2008 in Exeter's Play-off final win over Cambridge United securing the club's return to the Football League.

He retired from professional football in May 2011. After retiring, Edwards works as first team coach for Exeter City.

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