Joe Lane (footballer)

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Joe Lane
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Personal information
Full name James Charles Lane
Date of birth (1892-07-11)11 July 1892
Place of birth Hereford, England
Date of death February 1959(1959-02-00) (aged 66)
Place of death Abbots Langley, England
Height 5 ft 9+12 in (1.77 m)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
1906–1908 Watford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1908–1910 Ferencvárosi TC
1910–1912 Watford
1912–1913 Sunderland 2 (0)
1913–1920 Blackpool 94 (65)
1920–1922 Birmingham 67 (26)
1922–1923 Millwall 28 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Charles "Joe" Lane (11 July 1892 – February 1959) was an English professional footballer who played as a forward.

After spells with Hungarian club Ferencvárosi TC[2] and English side Sunderland, Lane signed for another English club, Blackpool, in 1913 for £400. He made his debut for the club on 22 November 1913, in a 2–2 draw at home to Leeds City, scoring one of Blackpool's goals. He went on to make a further 25 appearances during the 1913–14 campaign, scoring ten more goals.

The following season, 1914–15, he was an ever-present in Blackpool's 38 league games and one FA Cup tie. He scored 28 goals, including two hat-tricks: one in the second league game of the season, a 3–1 victory at Hull City on 5 September 1914, and all of the goals in Blackpool's victory against Glossop at Bloomfield Road on 21 November. Despite Lane's goal haul, Blackpool still only managed a tenth-placed finish after losing almost as many games as they won.

In 1915–16, World War I intervened, leading to the implementation of regional competitions. Lane served in Egypt with the Hertfordshire Yeomanry during the conflict.

When the Football League resumed in 1919–20, with Blackpool's new manager, Bill Norman, in his second season in charge, Lane continued where he had left off, netting 26 goals in 30 league appearances. He scored one hat-trick, in a 6–0 whitewash of Lincoln City at Bloomfield Road on 8 September 1919. He left Blackpool with two months of the season remaining, joining Birmingham for a Blackpool club-record fee of £3,600.

After a spell at Millwall, he finished his playing career with Watford Printing when he was in his 40s. He went on to coach at Barcelona for a period.

Lane died in Abbots Langley in February 1959, aged 66.


  1. ^ Brum (22 August 1921). "First Division prospects. Birmingham". Athletic News. Manchester. p. 5.
  2. ^
  • Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X.

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