'Busby Babe' Eddie Lewis dies

Image: Lewis: Has died, aged 76

Former Manchester United and West Ham striker Eddie Lewis has died in Johannesburg at the age of 76.

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.

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