Joe Shaw (footballer, born 1928)
Joe Shaw statue outside Bramall Lane
|Full name||Joseph Shaw|
|Date of birth||23 June 1928|
|Place of birth||Murton, County Durham, England|
|Date of death||18 November 2007(aged 79)|
|Playing position||Defender / Midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Joseph "Joe" Shaw (23 June 1928 – 18 November 2007) was an English footballer who played for Sheffield United between 1945 and 1966. He also worked as a manager, being in charge of York City from 1967–1968 and Chesterfield from 1973–1976.
He made 714 appearances for United in all competitions, including 632 in the League and 53 FA Cup ties, all three being club records. Shaw was a former Durham County schoolboy who joined United from Upton Colliery as an inside-forward and later successfully converted into a half-back.
He played for United in two wartime fixtures in the Football League North during the 1944–45 season. The first game was a 3–1 victory over Huddersfield Town on 2 April 1945 when Shaw was just 16 years and 285 days old.
His League debut came in a Division One game against Liverpool on 30 August 1948, with United severely short of players, as a left-back. United lost 2–1, mainly against 10 men. Shaw was off the field with a bleeding nose when the first went in after around 21 minutes, missing a quarter of an hour of the first half and the majority of the second.
In the next few years he played at wing half and right half, but after two heavy defeats in season 1954–55, Reg Freeman decided to select him at centre half. He was described as hard-working, the pivot of United's "double banking" defensive system, where his lack of height never let him down owing to his superb anticipation and ability to read the game.
He was so successful that he was selected for the position for the Football League although the England cap that many thought he deserved was never awarded. In 1951, he also toured Australia with a Football Association team.
His 600th League appearance came on 6 February 1965 in a 2–1 victory over West Ham United and his last game was against the same team on 19 February 1966. He had three spells as team captain, 1954–1956, 1957 and 1964–1965.
He died on 18 November 2007.
|York City||1 November 1967||1 August 1968||31||9||13||9||29.03|
|Chesterfield||1 September 1973||1 October 1976||143||54||53||36||36.87|