Joe Calvert

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Joe Calvert
Personal information
Date of birth (1907-02-03)3 February 1907
Place of birth Beighton, England
Date of death 23 December 1999(1999-12-23)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
? Owston ? (?)
1929–1930 Frickley Colliery ? (?)
1930–1931 Hull City 0 (0)
1931–1932 Bristol Rovers 42 (0)
1932–1947 Leicester City 80 (0)
1948 Watford 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Joe Calvert (3 February 1907 – 23 December 1999[1]) was a professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Bristol Rovers, Leicester City and Watford.


Calvert began his career in senior non-league football, playing for Owston in the Doncaster League before being signed by Frickley Colliery in the 1929/30 season. There is some evidence to suggest he was signed by Hull City in the 1930/31 season but did not make a senior appearance for the club, before transferring to Bristol Rovers in the 1931/32 season. After one season at Bristol Rovers Calvert moved to Leicester City and became dedicated servant of the club, including during the Second World War. In January 1948 Calvert requested a transfer and was sold to Watford where he played only a handful of games.[2]


He is one of the oldest players ever to play for either Leicester or Watford in the Football League; he transferred from Leicester to Watford a few weeks before his 41st birthday.[3][4]


  1. ^ Jones, Trefor. "Watford Football Club Archive - Players: C" (PDF). Watford FC Archive. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Frickley Athletic Museum
  3. ^ "Foxes A to Z". The Cunning Fox. Archived from the original on 12 February 2009. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Jones, Trefor (1996). Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. p. 51. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1.