Dennis Stevens: The Players’ Player- Rob Sawyer

Dennis Stevens: The Players’ Player- Rob Sawyer

Two members of the same family left Dudley for Lancashire to pursue careers in the top echelon of English football.  Duncan Edwards joined Manchester United as an amateur in 1952, making his debut at 16, the following year. He won 18 England caps and two League titles as a star of the Busby Babes but lost his life as a result of the Munich Air Disaster in February 1958 at the tender age of 20. It is one of football’s great ‘what ifs’ – could he have inspired the England team to World Cup glory before 1966?  Less heralded is Dennis Stevens, three years his second cousin’s senior (another relation of Edwards was Ray Westwood who, like Dennis, enjoyed success at Bolton Wanderers). Dennis merits a higher profile for his ability and enthusiasm which were integral to silverware being won at both Burnden Park and Goodison Park. Born on 30 November 1933, Dennis was the 12th, and youngest, child of James (a coal...
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