Joe Walter (footballer)

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Joe Walter
Personal information
Full name Joseph Dorville Walter
Date of birth (1895-08-16)16 August 1895
Place of birth Eastville, Bristol, England
Date of death 23 May 1995(1995-05-23) (aged 99)
Place of death Bristol, England
Height 5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)
Playing position Half back, inside forward, outside forward
Youth career
All Hallows
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1914–1918 Gloucestershire Regiment
1918–1919 Horfield United
1919–1922 Bristol Rovers 117 (8)
1922–1925 Huddersfield Town 55 (5)
1925–1926 Taunton United 31 (5)
1926–1928 Blackburn Rovers
1928–1929 Bristol Rovers 7 (1)
1929–1931 Bath City
1931–? Kingswood
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Joseph Dorville "Joe" Walter (16 August 1895 – 23 May 1995) was a professional footballer who played for Bristol Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Taunton United and Bath City. He was the last surviving player to play under Herbert Chapman while at Huddersfield.

Walter's early footballing experience came while serving in the Gloucestershire Regiment during the First World War, when he represented the Third Battalion of the Glorious Glosters, before joining Horfield United in the Horfield area of his home city of Bristol. After a year playing in the Bristol and Suburban Association Football League, he joined his first professional team in 1919 when he signed for Bristol Rovers.

Later in life he worked as a groundsman, firstly for the Bristol Co-Operative Society, before taking responsibility for Bristol City's Ashton Gate pitch in 1955. He was later appointed as an assistant coach at his former club, Bristol Rovers, in 1960 when he was aged 65.

In Huddersfield's final game at Leeds Road, against Blackpool on 30 April 1994, he was the guest of honour.[1] He was also present for Town's visit to Bristol Rovers' Twerton Park. On 5 November 1994, he made English football history as he became the oldest living professional player at 99 years, on the death of former Brighton & Hove Albion player Zillwood March in his 102nd year.


On 23 May 1995, less than three months before what would have been his 100th birthday, Walter died in his sleep. His funeral was attended by the entire Huddersfield Town squad and their then manager Neil Warnock.


  1. ^ Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC on This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905411-50-2. 
  • Ian Thomas, Owen Thomas, Alan Hodgson, John Ward (2007). 99 Years and Counting: Stats and Stories. Huddersfield Town A.F.C. ISBN 095572810X.