Eddie Derby

16 April 1902
Date of passing
28 July 1970 (Age 68)
Banbridge, NIR
Where they grew up


Eddie Derby

Edwin Stevenson Derby... soccer family (brothers Jimmy and ??)... he was 17 years old when his family moved from NIR to Winnipeg, MB, CAN... married Beatrice Wallis in Winnipeg in June 1929 (they had three children: Ken, Sheila, Joan)... he was 68 years old when he passed away in Winnipeg on 28 July 1970... a two-time Dominion Cup winner with United Weston FC of Winnipeg (1924 and 1926)... was a member of the Alexander Park Corporation... worked as a supervisor with General Bakeries until his retirement in 1967... on 21 November 1969, attended Winnipeg United Weston’s 60th anniversary dinner at the Empress Lanes...

posthumously honoured by the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as a player...

wrote Vince Leah in 1953, “soccer people generally rate Eddie Derby of the famous trio of Derby, King and King as the finest ever”... wrote Vince Leah in 1955, “Derby was so phenomenal in goal that the (1926) Englishmen were all for kidnapping him and taking him home with them”... wrote Vince Leah in 1970, “Eddie was on the top of his form in the 1920s as United Weston was a team to known with in national competition”... wrote Vince Leah in 1970, “in a community which produced numerous great soccer goalkeepers... Eddie Derby will be regarded by old-timers as the greatest of them all... in memorable final battles with Montréal Canadian Explosives in 1924 and Cumberland Collieries in 1926 he was at his best”... wrote Vince Leah in 1970 and again in 1981, Derby was “the prince of goalkeepers”...

Individual Honours