9ct GOLD MEDAL John Edmondson LEEDS CITY Reserves Midlands Counties Football League Runners Up 1914-15
I believe this to be the oldest Leeds City or United medal in existence!!!
9CT GOLD MEDAL awarded to J Edmondson of Leeds City Reserves on finishing second in the Midlands Counties Football League in season 1914-15. The gold medal presented from ‘MIDLAND COUNTIES FOOTBALL LEAGUE’ to ‘LEEDS CITY RUNNERS UP, J. EDMONDSON 1914-15’ weight 13.9g, is in superb condition (see pics). James or John (he was known by both names) Edmondson signed for Leeds City from Leyland FC in Lancashire in 1914.
Bio: John (Jas) Edmondson
Leeds City saw Edmondson while he was playing in the West Lancashire League with Leyland and signed him in April 1914. He had to await his chance in the first team as Billy McLeod was the City’s leading light and record goal-scorer. He was given his chance when McLeod was injured and he took the opportunity well scoring three times in the five games he had before McLeod recovered from injury. It proved to be the last season before the Football League ceased for the duration of WW1. With the advent of WW1 a war-time League was played and Billy McLeod played with Bradford City as he was employed in Bradford. This gave Edmondson the chance to establish himself as City’s first choice Centre Forward and scored ten goals in nineteen games before he departed for the duration of the War, after playing his final game for United at that level on 22nd January 1916 in a 1-0 home win over Leicester City. On the cessation of hostilities Edmondson duly returned to Elland Road and after missing the first two games of the 1919-20 season he was ever-present from that point until the demise of the club, scoring three times in the six remaining games. He was one of the City players to be auctioned at the Metropole Hotel and he was duly sold to First Division The Wednesday for £800 on 17th October 1919