Justin Edinburgh

Justin Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Justin.jpg
Edinburgh in 2010
Personal information
Full nameJustin Charles Edinburgh[1]
Date of birth(1969-12-18)18 December 1969[1]
Place of birthBasildon, England[1]
Date of death8 June 2019(2019-06-08) (aged 49)[2]
Place of deathBasildon, England
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[3]
Playing positionLeft back[1]
Senior career*
1988–1990Southend United37(0)
1990Tottenham Hotspur (loan)0(0)
1990–2000Tottenham Hotspur213(1)
2000Portsmouth (loan)1(0)
2003–2006Billericay Town
Teams managed
2003–2006Billericay Town (player-manager)
2006Fisher Athletic
2007–2008Grays Athletic
2009–2011Rushden & Diamonds
2011–2015Newport County
2017Northampton Town
2017–2019Leyton Orient
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Justin Charles Edinburgh (18 December 1969 – 8 June 2019) was an English professional football manager and player who played as a left back. He made 213 Premier League appearances for Tottenham Hotspur, and managed a number of lower-league and non-league clubs. He was the manager of Leyton Orient at the time of his death in June 2019.

Playing career

A defender, usually employed as a left-back,[4] Edinburgh started his career as a trainee with Southend United, turning professional in August 1988. He helped the Shrimpers win promotion from the Football League Fourth Division in 1990. In all competitions he played 47 games for the seaside club, scoring one goal.[5]

He moved to Tottenham Hotspur for £150,000 in January 1990, initially on loan. He joined Spurs permanently in July 1990, making his debut for them on 10 November 1990, as a substitute in a 4–2 win at home to Wimbledon. He played for Spurs for most of the 1990s. He won an FA Cup winner's medal in 1991 despite just previously starting only 12 league games.[6] He would also win a League Cup winner's medal with Spurs, in 1999. This second medal was awarded to Edinburgh despite his being sent off in the final for raising his arms to Robbie Savage, as the post-match analysis showed that Savage had distinctly over-reacted to a minimal contact and that the red card was unjustly awarded.[6] In total, he made 213 league appearances for Tottenham, scoring once.[7]

Edinburgh left London for Portsmouth in March 2000 for a fee of £175,000, playing 35 league games over the next two years, scoring once against Sheffield United.[8] However, he did not play a single competitive game during Portsmouth's Division One title winning campaign (2002–03), and joined non-league Billericay Town as player-manager in July 2003.[9]