Widdowson playing for Northampton Town in 2013
|Full name||Joseph Widdowson|
|Date of birth||29 March 1989|
|Place of birth||Forest Gate, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Current club||Northampton Town|
|2007–2009||West Ham United||0||(0)|
|2008||→ Rotherham United (loan)||3||(0)|
|2009||→ Grimsby Town (loan)||20||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 October 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
West Ham United
Widdowson began his career as a trainee at West Ham United in July 2007. He joined Football League Two side Rotherham United in February 2008 on a one-month loan, where he made three league appearances. He made his non-competitive debut for West Ham on 17 July 2008 against Hampton & Richmond Borough completing 90 minutes in a 2–4 victory. This match was then followed with a full 90 minutes on 24 July 2008 in the MLS All-Stars game in Toronto in which Widdowson was handed the difficult task of marking England legend David Beckham. Widdowson impressed many spectators during the game with the way he handled the task set in such a controlled manner, and ended the game swapping shirts with the Los Angeles Galaxy star.
On 2 January 2009 Widdowson joined Grimsby Town on an initial one month loan. Widdowson made his debut for Grimsby on 17 January 2009 in a 1–0 away victory against Wycombe Wanderers. He scored his first league goal, against Rotherham United, in a 3–0 home win for the Mariners on 24 January 2009. The goal was good enough to win 2nd place in the club's goal of the season awards. Grimsby manager Mike Newell managed to extend Widdowson's loan until the end of the season, and he remained as the club's first choice left back, despite regular starter Tom Newey returning from injury. Newey was then loaned out to Rochdale, and Widdowson became an integral part of the Grimsby side that managed too stave off relegation from the Football League. He was given his first red card for the club on 25 April 2009 after being controversially dismissed in the 87th minute of play for a second bookable offence in the clubs relegation crunch tie with Bournemouth. On 18 May 2009, the Mariners announced Widdowson had signed a three-year contract with the club.
On 22 June 2010 Widdowson signed for Rochdale ahead of the clubs' first campaign in League One. In May 2012, Widdowson was released from Rochdale after being told his contract would not be renewed.
|Club||Season||League||League||FA Cup||League Cup||FL Trophy||Total|
|West Ham United||2007–08||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Rotherham United (loan)||2007–08||League Two||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Grimsby Town (loan)||2008–09||League Two||20||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||20||1|
|Grimsby Town||2009–10||League Two||17||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||20||0|
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