Joe Bonson

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Joe Bonson
Personal information
Full name Joseph Bonson[1]
Date of birth 19 June 1936
Place of birth Barnsley, England
Date of death 29 November 1991(1991-11-29) (aged 55)[1]
Place of death Wolverhampton, England[1]
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1953–1956 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1957 Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 (3)
1957–1960 Cardiff City 72 (37)
1960–1962 Scunthorpe United 52 (11)
1962 Doncaster Rovers 14 (4)
1962–1964 Newport County 83 (47)
1964–1965 Brentford 35 (13)
1965–1967 Lincoln City 47 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Joseph Bonson (19 June 1936 – 29 November 1991) was an English professional footballer who played for several clubs during the 1950s and 1960s.


Bonson started his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, working his way through their youth ranks including playing in the 1954 FA Youth Cup Final, losing to Manchester United. He graduated to the first team and made his debut on 1 January 1957 in a 3–2 win at Sunderland, the first of 11 consecutive starts during which he scored 6 goals. However, due to a wealth of striking talent at the club, he was deemed surplus to requirements and sold to Cardiff City for £7,000 at the end of the season.

He joined the Bluebirds as a replacement for Johnny Nicholls, who had left the club to join Exeter City and made a goalscoring debut for the club in a 1–1 draw with Ipswich Town in November 1957. He finished the season with 12 goals in a total of 25 appearances.[2]

During his time at Cardiff he formed two formidable strike partnerships with two Wales internationals, first with Ron Hewitt and then with Derek Tapscott, after he joined the club from Arsenal. Bonsons's most prolific year came in the 1958-59 season when he scored 18 times for the club. At the end of the season he was transferred to Scunthorpe United in exchange for Peter Donnelly.

Bonson went on to spend the rest of his career playing in the lower leagues of English football with spells at Doncaster Rovers, Newport County, Brentford and Lincoln City.[2]

He died in 1991.


  1. ^ a b c "Joe Bonson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 26–27. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.