Joe Edleston 1935

Joe Edelston

When both James McIntyre and Jimmy Hogan were dismissed, the Fulham Board turned to Joe Edelston to fill the gap.

He was one of the best-known and most popular figures at the Cottage in the inter-War period and served the Club in a variety of roles.

Born in 1891, Edelston played for Hull City and Manchester City, before signing for Fulham in 1920. He made 67 First Team appearances but with his organisational skills and tactical knowledge, he was made Captain and Coach of the Reserves in 1925, a post he held for 12 years.

He worked under six Managers in this time, one of whom, Hogan, persuaded him to qualify as a Coach. Although interested, he was never offered the Manager's post and his opportunities in the top job were restricted to the temporary roles.

After 17 years at Fulham, he later spent time with Brentford, Reading and Leyton Orient, but ended his working life in a clerical job.

Edelston was 78 when he died in Deptford in 1970.