Joey Williams

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Joey Williams
Personal information
Full name Joseph Joshua Williams[1]
Date of birth 4 June 1902[1]
Place of birth Rotherham, England[1]
Date of death 1978 (aged 76)[1]
Playing position Outside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1921–1924 Rotherham County 95 (7)
1924–1926 Huddersfield Town 58 (6)
1926–1929 Stoke City 82 (17)
1929–1932 Arsenal 22 (5)
1932–1935 Middlesbrough 78 (11)
1935–1936 Carlisle United 20 (2)
Total 355 (48)
National team
1929 FA XI 2 (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Joseph Joshua "Joey" Williams (4 June 1902 – 1978) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Arsenal, Carlisle United, Huddersfield Town, Middlesbrough, Rotherham County and Stoke City.[1]

Career[edit]

Williams was an outside forward who started out with his hometown club Rotherham County, playing over a hundred games. In summer 1924 he was signed by Huddersfield Town and won two First Division titles in 1924–25 and 1925–26. During the latter season he played 23 league games for Huddersfield before moving to Stoke City in March 1926, who were relegated from the Second Division the same season, making Williams the first player to win a League Championship medal and be relegated in the same season.[1] He helped Stoke gain an instant return to the Second Division winning the Third Division North in 1926–27 as he scored six goals in 31 appearances.[1] He played 20 times in 1927–28 as Stoke finished fifth and then scored a career best of seven in 1928–29.[1]

In the summer of 1929, he toured South Africa with a FA XI, earning two caps but these are not official recognised as caps for England. On his return to England, in September 1929 he moved to Arsenal, signed by his former boss at Huddersfield Herbert Chapman, who had previously managed him at Huddersfield Town. He made his Arsenal debut in a 5–2 defeat at Aston Villa on 25 September 1929 and the following month played in the 1929 FA Charity Shield, for the Professionals against the Amateurs at The Den, which they won 3–0.[2]

Williams played sixteen times in the 1929–30 season, and helped Arsenal on their run to the 1930 FA Cup Final but was injured in a match against Newcastle United at the start of April 1930 and consequently missed the final. Returning the following season, he made only nine appearance as understudy to Joe Hulme and Cliff Bastin, who had established themselves as first-choice wingers, and missed out on a third Championship medal. Williams made one more appearance for Arsenal before leaving in March 1932; in total he played 26 games for Arsenal, scoring five goals.

Williams moved to Middlesbrough and played there for four seasons, before ending his career at Carlisle United in 1935–36.

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Joey Williams profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rotherham County 1921–22 Second Division 21 2 2 0 23 2
1922–23 Second Division 32 2 1 0 33 2
1923–24 Third Division North 42 3 3 1 45 4
Total 95 7 6 1 101 8
Huddersfield Town 1924–25 First Division 35 0 1 0 36 0
1925–26 First Division 23 6 1 0 24 6
Total 58 6 2 0 60 6
Stoke City 1925–26 Second Division 11 2 0 0 11 2
1926–27 Third Division North 28 6 3 0 31 6
1927–28 Second Division 20 2 0 0 20 2
1928–29 Second Division 23 7 1 0 24 7
Total 82 17 4 0 86 17
Arsenal 1929–30 First Division 12 3 4 0 16 3
1930–31 First Division 9 2 0 0 9 2
1931–32 First Division 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 22 5 4 0 26 5
Middlesbrough 1931–32 First Division 11 1 0 0 11 1
1932–33 First Division 30 6 4 1 34 7
1933–34 First Division 23 3 1 0 24 3
1934–35 First Division 14 1 2 1 16 2
Total 78 11 7 2 85 13
Carlisle United 1935–36 Third Division North 16 1 1 0 17 1
1936–37 Third Division North 4 1 0 0 4 1
Total 20 1 1 0 21 1
Career Total 355 48 24 3 380 51

Honours[edit]

Huddersfield Town
Stoke City
Arsenal

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Professionals v. Amateurs – selected teams for annual match". Derby Daily Telegraph. 26 September 1929. p. 10. Retrieved 21 March 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. 
General
  • Ian Thomas, Owen Thomas, Alan Hodgson, John Ward (2007). 99 Years and Counting: Stats and Stories. Huddersfield Town A.F.C. ISBN 095572810X. 
  • Harris, Jeff (1995). Hogg, Tony, ed. Arsenal Who's Who. Independent UK Sports. ISBN 1-899429-03-4.