|Full name||Joeseph Spence Mawson|
|Date of birth||26 October 1905|
|Place of birth||Brandon, Durham, England|
|Date of death||10 September 1959(aged 53)|
|Place of death||Stoke-on-Trent, England|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Joeseph Spence "Joe" Mawson (26 October 1905 – 10 September 1959) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Crewe Alexandra, Nottingham Forest, Stockport County and Stoke City.
Mawson was born in Brandon, Durham and by the age of 24 he had already spent several years working at the coalface at Washington Colliery when he became one of a number of players discovered by Stoke City's north east scouts. Mawson had previously played for Crook Town, his works team Washington Colliery and Durham City. Raw and eager Mawson was given his debut in February 1929 at Swansea Town, in which he scored but his lack of guile and wayward passing soon relegated him to the reserves but his never say die attitude kept him in manager Tom Mather's plans.
Eventually Wilf Kirkham's horrific leg break on the opening day of the 1931–32 handed Mawson his chance in his natural position of centre forward. Stoke started the season poorly but the introduction of Mawson saw Stoke's fortunes turn around and he top scored with 24 goals. Stoke clearly had a squad now capable of challenging for promotion and the following season again top scored with 16 as Stoke won the Second Division title. However towards the end of the season Mawson, renowned for being a 'greedy' player squandered a number of easy chances against Plymouth Argyle as Stoke lost 1–0. A furious Mather dropped Mawson and brought in Reading's Jack Palethorpe who scored eight goals in ten games which put paid to Mawson's career at the Victoria Ground. He went on to play for Nottingham Forest, Stockport County, Linfield and Crewe Alexandra before World War II broke out.
Style of play
His style was to run with the ball and he scored the majority of his goals in a head down thrust through the middle, only looking up to beat the goalkeeper.
- Sourced from Joe Mawson profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
|Stoke City||1928–29||Second Division||2||1||0||0||–||2||1|
|Nottingham Forest||1934–35||Second Division||2||0||2||1||–||4||1|
|Stockport County||1935–36||Third Division North||3||0||0||0||1||0||4||0|
|Crewe Alexandra||1936–37||Third Division North||11||2||0||0||1||0||12||2|
- Stoke City