Bob Edwards with wife Benita. Picture: Tony Jones

A former Chelsea footballer and his wife have celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Bob Edwards, 84, who is also a former Sandringham milkman, and his wife Benita, celebrated their diamond anniversary yesterday.

Mrs Edwards, 82, said being a footballer’s wife was different back in the 1950s, compared to what it is now.

“I wasn’t a WAG (wife and girlfriend) like they are now,” she joked. “But I used to watch him play until I had the children.”

Mr Edwards played for Chelsea from 1952 for three years as an inside left.

“Football was nowhere near as big then – Bob got paid £2 for a win and £1 for a draw.  He got paid £14 for the season.”

Mr and Mrs Edwards, from Guildford, met in their early 20s at a 21st birthday party.

Mr Edwards was in the Royal Air Force and Mrs Edwards was a telephonist.

They married on June 11 at the Emmanuel Church in Stoughton, near Guildford.

“It was a lovely day,” Mrs Edwards said.  “My three sisters were my bridesmaids.”

Mr Edwards’s career saw him play for Swindon and Norwich City, before playing for King’s Lynn from 1962 to 1966.

The couple, who went on to have four children, moved to Lynn Road, Grimston, 49 years ago.

Mr Edwards retired from football and became a milkman. He delivered for the Sandringham, Anmer and Dersingham areas.

“He used to deliver for the Duke and Duchess of Kent who were living at Anmer back then,” Mrs Edwards revealed.

She also said she thought couples today have it “lot harder” compared to years ago.

She added: “I think the secret to a happy marriage is to trust each other and enjoy life.”