Joe Nibloe

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Joe Nibloe
Personal information
Full name Joseph Nibloe
Date of birth (1903-11-23)23 November 1903
Place of birth Corkerhill, Scotland
Date of death 25 October 1976(1976-10-25) (aged 72)
Place of death Doncaster, England
Playing position Full back
Youth career
0000–1924 Shawfield Juniors
Rutherglen Glencairn
Glencairn Green
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1924–1932 Kilmarnock ? (?)
1932–1934 Aston Villa 48 (0)
1934–1939 Sheffield Wednesday 116 (0)
National team
1929–1932 Scotland 11 (0)
1929 Scottish League XI[1] 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Joe Nibloe (23 November 1903 – 25 October 1976) was a professional footballer who played for Kilmarnock, Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday in a 15-year career between 1924 and 1939 during which time he made 459 club appearances including cup games. He also made 11 appearances for Scotland. Nibloe was a full back who could play on either flank, initially starting his career as a left back then switching to the right later in his career. He is one of a select group of players who won FA cup winners medals in both England and Scotland, he played in three cup finals in the space of six years.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Early days[edit]

Nibloe was born in the small hamlet of Corkerhill, just to the south-west of Glasgow, on 23 November 1903. He was a late developer as a footballer, playing as a part-time amateur until the age of 20. In his youth he played for Shawfield Juniors, Rutherglen Glencairn and Glencairn Green while working at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Govan as a brass moulder. Initially he was a centre forward once scoring five goals in a game for Shawfield but his career took off when he converted into a left back and was offered a professional contract by Kilmarnock in June 1924.


In his eight years at Rugby Park Nibloe he made 279 appearances for the Killies, he helped them win the Scottish Cup in March 1929, defeating Celtic 1–0. Shortly after the final he was called up for the first of his eleven appearances for Scotland on 13 April 1929, featuring in a 1–0 victory over England at Hampden Park. All his 11 Scottish caps came while he was with Kilmarnock and he is still today the clubs most capped player, his last appearance for his country came in May 1932 against France. Nibloe also played twice for the Scottish League representative side in his time at Rugby Park. Kilmarnock reached the Scottish Cup final again in April 1932 but this time Nibloe had to settle for a runners up medal as the Killies lost to Rangers in a replay. Soon after this he signed for Aston Villa for the 1932–33 season for a fee of £1800 after a disagreement with Kilmarnock over a benefit match.[3]

Aston Villa[edit]

Nibloe struggled to find a regular place in the Villa team in that first season as the team finished runners up to Arsenal in Division One being kept out of the side by the near veteran Tommy Mort. However the following season (1933–34) Nibloe dislodged Mort from the team and displayed excellent form and it caused something of an uproar when he signed for Sheffield Wednesday in the Summer of 1934 in a part exchange deal which saw George Beeson going to Villa Park along with £2,500.

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

Wednesday's signing of the experienced 30-year-old Nibloe was seen as something of a coup by the club, no doubt the influence of manager Billy Walker made a difference as Walker had been a team mate of Nibloe's at Villa the previous season. Competition for the left back spot was keen even though Wednesday had lost Ernie Blenkinsop to Liverpool the previous season, Ted Catlin had stepped into Blenkinsop's boots and Nibloe was forced to switch to right back to secure a place in the team. He made his Wednesday debut in the opening fixture of the 1934–35 season on 25 August 1934, in a 4–1 home victory over Stoke City.[4]

Nibloe played in five out the six FA Cup ties in 1935 as Wednesday won the trophy, missing just the 3rd round home tie against Oldham Athletic in January. Nibloe made his final appearance for Wednesday in the final game of the 1937–38, in his final two seasons he was more of a squad player as his place was challenged by Jack Ashley. He retired from playing competitive football at the outbreak of World War II at the age of 35.[5]

After football[edit]

Joe Nibloe worked in a munitions factory in Stocksbridge during the war. After the conflict he continued to live in Stocksbridge and work in the Samuel Fox steelworks. He died on 25 October 1976 in Doncaster, aged 72.

Joe had a son John who also played professional football for Sheffield United, Stoke City, Doncaster Rovers and Stockport County between 1958 and 1964. He was killed in a road accident on the Woodhead Pass in November 1964.[6]


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  2. ^ Gives career statistics.
  3. ^ States that Nibloe is the most capped Kilmarnock player.
  4. ^ "The Men Who Made Sheffield Wednesday Football Club", Tony Matthews, ISBN 978-0-7524-4156-6 Page 179 Gives details of Sheffield Wednesday career.
  5. ^ Sheffield Wednesday Archive. Gives details of Sheffield Wednesday career.
  6. ^ "The Wednesday Boys", Jason Dickinson & John Brodie, ISBN 0-9547264-9-9 Page 217 Gives biographical information.