Joe Lewis (footballer)
Lewis playing for Peterborough United in 2012
|Full name||Joseph Peter Lewis|
|Date of birth||6 October 1987|
|Place of birth||Bury St Edmunds, England|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|2007||→ Stockport County (loan)||5||(0)|
|2007||→ Morecambe (loan)||19||(0)|
|2014–2015||→ Blackpool (loan)||34||(0)|
|2015–2016||→ Fulham (loan)||8||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:27, 24 September 2017 (UTC).
Born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, Lewis had been involved with Norwich City's youth system since 1995 at the age of eight. In August 2003 he agreed to join Norwich as a scholar at the culmination of his studies at Bungay High School in the summer of 2004. Before reaching 16 he spent time as the Norwich first team's substitute goalkeeper, but did not make an appearance. He turned professional in October 2004, but got no nearer to a first team debut than being named on the bench for portions of 2004-05 and 2005-06. The sale of first-choice goalkeeper Robert Green meant that Lewis became second-choice goalkeeper at Carrow Road before a fractured cheekbone sustained in a reserve team game against Leyton Orient prompted the loan signing of Lee Camp. After an initial trial with Bury, Lewis joined Stockport County on loan in March 2007 for the remainder of the 2006–07 season, playing five games and keeping three clean sheets. He was rewarded with a three-year deal at Norwich, in May 2007. At the beginning of 2007-08, Lewis joined Morecambe on a five-month lon to gain more first-team experience.
Lewis signed for Peterborough United on 8 January 2008, for a report fee of £400,000, breaking the club's record transfer fee. He went on to make his debut against Macclesfield Town on 12 January. At the end of the season Peterborough finished as runners-up in League Two, meaning they were promoted to League One.
His first full season at London Road Stadium resulted in another promotion where the club won promotion to the Championship. On 13 April 2009, Lewis was made to face a penalty three times against Millwall in an unusual refereeing decision. After David Martin for Millwall was tripped and a penalty awarded against Peterborough, Lewis was judged by the assistant referee to have moved off his line before the ball had been struck by Gary Alexander twice. On both occasions Lewis saved the penalty. At the third attempt, Millwall replaced the unsuccessful Alexander with David Martin, who scored and this time the penalty stood. Speaking on Sky Sports News after the event, ex-referee Dermot Gallagher commented that whilst the assistant was consistently working to the letter of the law, his decisions were harsh.
However his first season in the Championship, wasn't as much as a success which resulted in relegation back down to the third tier. Peterborough started off strongly and Lewis was first choice keeper nearly all the season, however after fracturing his kneecap (and playing a whole half with it fractured) against MK Dons in the play-off semi final, he was forced to miss the second leg and final through injury. Peterborough went on to win promotion, defeating Huddersfield 3–0 in style in the final. During his fifth season at Peterborough, Lewis was replaced as first choice keeper permanently by Paul Jones and only made 12 appearances. His last appearance for the club came on 14 February, in a 3–1 loss at Cardiff City. On 30 April, Lewis was released by the club at the end of his contract with Cardiff City and Ipswich Town interested in signing him.
On 25 May 2012, Lewis agreed a three-year deal at Welsh club Cardiff City which would commence on 1 July, where he linked up with former Norwich City teammates, Malky Mackay (at the time manager of Cardiff) and David Marshall. He made his debut for the club on 14 August, in a League Cup defeat to Northampton Town, and a second appearance came in the FA Cup exit at Macclesfield Town in January.
On 5 August 2014 he joined Blackpool on a season-long loan. He made his debut for the club on 9 August. On 24 January 2015, he was omitted from the line-up to face Watford at Vicarage Road. Blackpool manager Lee Clark initially gave the reason as being a tactical — not monetary — one, but it was later revealed that Blackpool would have to pay his parent club a fee of ₤40,000 after Lewis had made a certain number of appearances for Blackpool. The payment would entitle Blackpool to sign Lewis permanently at the end of the loan deal. Blackpool attempted to terminate the loan, but the Bluebirds refused.
On 15 June 2016, Lewis signed for Scottish Premiership club Aberdeen. He made his debut for the club on 30 June 2016, in a Europa League First qualifying round tie against Fola Esch. Lewis started all matches for the Dons in 2016–17, and signed a new deal at the end of the season to keep him at the club until 2020.
In May 2008, he received a call-up to the senior England squad, replacing an injured Chris Kirkland for the friendlies against USA and Trinidad and Tobago. However, Lewis was an unused substitute for both games.
He made his third appearance for the under-21s in a friendly against the Czech Republic only to come off with an ankle injury after 33 minutes. He came on from the bench on the game against Azerbaijan coming on for Lee Cattermole as an outfield player.
|Stockport County (loan)||2006–07||League Two||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Peterborough United||2007–08||League Two||22||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||23||0|
- Peterborough United
- Football League Two: Runner-up 2007–08
- Football League One: Runner-up 2008–09
- Football League One play-offs: 2010–11
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 252. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
- "Joe Lewis Career History". Up The Posh!. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
- "Joe Lewis commits himself to the club". Norwich City F.C. 5 August 2003. Retrieved 4 June 2008.
- "Back to school for Lewis". Norwich City F.C. (taken from the Eastern Daily Press). 29 September 2003. Retrieved 4 June 2008.
- "Joe Lewis signs as a professional". Norwich City F.C. 22 October 2004. Retrieved 4 June 2008.
- "Lewis nets professional contract". BBC Sport. 23 October 2004. Retrieved 4 June 2008.
- "Lewis and Mulryne handed place on bench". Norwich City F.C. 26 December 2004. Retrieved 4 June 2008.
- "City to sign Lee Camp on loan". Norwich City F.C. 7 September 2006. Retrieved 4 June 2008.
- "Norwich's Lewis on trial at Bury". BBC Sport. 16 November 2006. Retrieved 4 June 2008.
- "Preview: Brentford v Bury". Manchester Evening News. 4 March 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2008.
- "Stockport snap up Norwich keeper". BBC Sport. 22 March 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2008.
- "Lewis signs new contract". Norwich City F.C. 10 May 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2008.
- "Peterborough United list Grant McCann, release Joe Lewis". BBC Sport. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
- "Lewis agrees deal with Cardiff City". Cardiff City Official Site. 25 May 2012. Archived from the original on 29 May 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- "Hull 1–1 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
- "Joe Lewis: Blackpool sign Cardiff goalkeeper on loan". BBC Sport. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Lewis left in limbo at Pool" - Blackpool Gazette, 28 January 2015
- "Pool locked in bizarre battle over Lewis" - Blackpool Gazette, 27 January 2015
- "Lewis joins Fulham". Cardiff City. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
- "Joe Lewis, Neil Alexander and Callum Morris join Aberdeen". BBC Sport. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- "Europa League: Aberdeen 3 Fola Esch 1". Aberdeen F.C. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- "Aberdeen: goalkeeper Joe Lewis extends his contract by two years". BBC Sport. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
- "Posh keeper given England call-up". BBC Sport. British Broadcast Corporation. 24 May 2008. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
- "England 2-0 USA". BBC Sport. British Broadcast Corporation. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
- "Trinidad & Tobago 0-3 England". BBC Sport. British Broadcast Corporation. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
- England U21 7–0 Azerbaijan U21
- Joe Lewis at Soccerbase
- Joe Lewis at Soccerway
- Includes matches in EFL Trophy and UEFA Europa League
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