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Remembering Our Heroes: Edwin “Ned” Neve

8 November 2021

Ahead of Remembrance Day, we are taking a look at former Hull City players who served in the military during the First or Second World War...

 

Part of a triple signing from St Helens, which also saw goalkeeper Ed Roughley and striker Walter Dagnell join Hull City, Edwin “Ned” Neve signed for the Tigers in May 1906.

Neve worked as a general labourer before joining Hull City and was an understudy to England international Gordan Wright. The outside left made his debut in September 1906 against Clapton Athletic and scored his first of 12 goals in a 2-1 defeat against Nottingham Forest in March 1907.

After making over 100 appearances for the Tigers, Neve signed for Derby County in August 1912 and made 19 appearances in all competitions in his first season with the Rams. After suffering relegation with Derby in the 1913/14 season, Neve joined Nottingham Forest and scored four goals in 37 starts.

Neve also played two wartime fixtures for Chesterfield in 1916 before being conscripted to war service, joining the Royal Garrison Artillery as a bombardier. He suffered gas poisoning during the conflict and served in the Army of Occupation until his demobilisation at the end of 1919.

He later became a brewer’s traveller based in Derby, before sadly suffering a fatal heart attack in August 1920, caused by the damage done by gas poisoning.

 

Thanks goes to On Cloud Seven for providing information and images.


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