Luke Joyce

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Luke Joyce
Luke Joyce 12-04-2014 1.jpg
Joyce playing for Accrington Stanley in 2014.
Personal information
Full name Luke James Joyce[1]
Date of birth (1987-07-09) 9 July 1987 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Bolton, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Port Vale
Number 4
Youth career
2003–2005 Wigan Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Wigan Athletic 0 (0)
2006–2009 Carlisle United 26 (2)
2008–2009Barrow (loan) 5 (0)
2009Northwich Victoria (loan) 12 (2)
2009–2015 Accrington Stanley 246 (8)
2015–2018 Carlisle United 120 (3)
2018– Port Vale 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

Luke James Joyce (born 9 July 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for EFL League Two side Port Vale.

He came through the youth-team at Wigan Athletic to make his first-team debut in January 2006. He was allowed to sign for Carlisle United six months later, from where he was loaned out to Conference Premier clubs Barrow and Northwich Victoria during the 2008–09 season. He signed with Accrington Stanley in June 2009 and spent the next six years with the club, including over three seasons as captain, making a total of 276 league and cup appearances. He returned to Carlisle United in May 2015 and spent three years with the club, featuring in 143 games in all competitions, before moving on to Port Vale in May 2018.

Career[edit]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

Joyce was born in Bolton, Greater Manchester, and came through the youth-team at Wigan Athletic in June 2003.[2] He made one appearance for the first-team, coming on as a substitute for Josip Skoko in extra-time of a 3–3 draw at Leeds United in an FA Cup Third Round replay on 17 January 2006.[3] Manager Paul Jewell said that "he didn't let anybody down" in the game and praised his attitude in training, as did "Latics" youth-team coach David Lee.[2] However Joyce did not make an appearance for the club in the Premier League and was allowed to leave the JJB Stadium at the end of the 2005–06 season.[4]

Carlisle United[edit]

After a short trial, Joyce joined Carlisle United, initially with the club taking over his Wigan scholarship, signing on a permanent basis in July 2006.[3] He made his debut in League One as an 85th-minute substitute for Simon Hackney in a 2–0 win over Cheltenham Town at Brunton Park on 3 September.[5] He scored his first senior goal for the "Cumbrians" in a 5–0 victory over Gillingham on 24 March.[6] He was sent off for the first time in his career in a 2–0 defeat at Port Vale on 7 April.[7] He made a total of 16 appearances across the 2006–07 season, helping Neil McDonald's "Blues" to an eighth-place finish. He featured just three times under new manager John Ward during the 2007–08 campaign, though managed to score his second career goal in a 3–2 win over Port Vale on 5 January.[8]

On 27 November 2008, he joined Conference Premier club Barrow on a one-month loan; "Bluebirds" manager David Bayliss said that "Luke will definitely strengthen us but whether he starts or not remains to be seen".[9] He made his debut at Holker Street in the shock FA Cup Second Round defeat of Brentford.[9][10] He remained with the club for five weeks, featuring seven times, before leaving after their FA Cup elimination by Middlesbrough in January 2009.[11] On 13 March 2009, he joined Northwich Victoria on an initial one-month loan.[12] He scored on his debut for the "Vics" two days later in a 4–1 defeat at Cambridge United.[13] He scored two goals in 12 games for Andy Preece's side, who ended the 2008–09 season being relegated out of the Conference Premier. Nevertheless he said he enjoyed his time at the Victoria Stadium, and upon returning to Carlisle he found that he was to be released by manager Greg Abbott.[14]

Accrington Stanley[edit]

On 25 June 2009, Joyce signed with League Two club Accrington Stanley.[15] He made 50 appearances in the 2009–10 season, scoring one goal. He featured 32 times in the 2010–11 campaign, helping "Accy" to reach the League Two play-offs for the first time, before they were beaten by Stevenage at the semi-final stage.[16] He scored three goals in 47 matches as Stanley finished in 14th-place under the stewardship of Paul Cook at the end of the 2011–12 season; Joyce took over as captain following the departure of Andrew Procter in January 2012.[17] He made 48 appearances across the 2012–13 campaign, with Stanley ending up in 18th-place under new boss Leam Richardson. Joyce played 49 games in the 2013–14 season as Accrington posted a 15th-place finish under the stewardship of rookie manager James Beattie. When the club were bottom of the English Football League in November after failing to win in their first 12 league games, Joyce stood by Beattie, calling him a "good manager and a good bloke".[18] Two months later Beattie returned the favour by calling Joyce an "unsung hero" after he scored his first goal in 22 months to help secure a 2–1 victory over Cheltenham Town.[19] John Coleman returned as manager early in the 2014–15 campaign and kept Joyce as captain, with the midfielder scoring four goals from 50 appearances. Joyce said "it has been an up and down season... overall, I guess it has been a decent season, we have secured our tenth season in the Football League and that’s a massive achievement for the club the size of ours, but we are disappointed we haven’t finished further up the league".[20]

"I love Accrington Stanley and it’s been like a second home to me for the last six years. They gave me my chance in professional football really because that summer when I left Carlisle nobody else was on the phone really trying to sign me. If it wasn’t for Accrington I might not be a professional today. I owe the club a lot and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time. I hope the fans have enjoyed having me. I’ve enjoyed playing in front of them."

— Joyce wrote the Accrington Stanley fans an open letter after choosing to leave the Crown Ground in May 2015.[21]

Return to Carlisle United[edit]

On 21 May 2015, Joyce turned down a two-year contract with Accrington to rejoin former club Carlisle United on a two-year deal.[22] He made 42 appearances as United posted a tenth-place finish in League Two at the end of the 2015–16 season, though was booed and criticised by some supporters after suffering from poor form in March, which manager Keith Curle blamed on a "nervous period".[23] He helped Carlisle to record a 2–1 win at Queens Park Rangers in the League Cup, before he missed a penalty in Carlisle's penalty shootout defeat to Liverpool at Anfield in the Third Round.[24][25] Joyce went on to miss just one of Carlisle's 56 games during the 2016–17 season, as the club secured a play-off place with a sixth-place finish before losing to Exeter City in the play-off semi-finals.[26] In the Second Round of the EFL Cup he helped Carlisle to secure a 1–1 draw at Derby County, and then remarkably converted two penalties as Carlisle were beaten 14–13 following 11 rounds of sudden death in the resulting penalty shoot-out.[27] On 29 October, he scored with a long-range strike in a 3–1 home win over Crawley Town, which ended up winning him that month Goal of the Month award for League Two.[28] In April 2017, it was confirmed that Joyce would remain at the club after triggering a one-year extension to his contract.[29] He scored two goals in 46 appearances during the 2017–18 as Carlisle went on to finish in tenth-position, before leaving the club after rejecting a new 12-month deal on reduced terms offered to him by the managerless club.[30][31]

Port Vale[edit]

On 17 May 2018, Joyce signed a two-year contract with League Two side Port Vale; manager Neil Aspin said that "he is comfortable in possession and was impressive against us for Carlisle".[32] He chose to join the "Valiants" despite receiving a better contract offer from a club playing below the English Football League.[33] He started the 2018–19 season in a central midfield partnership with Manny Oyeleke.[34] However he lost his place to Tom Conlon after Conlon returned to fitness in September, and Joyce went on to admit that "I have not quite performed as well as I would like to and had the influence on games".[35]

Statistics[edit]

As of the end of 2017–18 season.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wigan Athletic 2005–06[36] Premier League 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Carlisle United 2006–07[37] League One 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
2007–08[38] League One 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
2008–09[39] League One 7 0 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 9 0
Total 26 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 28 2
Barrow (loan) 2008–09[39] Conference Premier 5 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Northwich Victoria (loan) 2008–09[39] Conference Premier 12 2 0 0 0 0 12 2
Accrington Stanley 2009–10[40] League Two 41 1 3 0 2 0 4[a] 0 50 1
2010–11[41] League Two 27 1 1 0 1 0 3[b] 0 32 1
2011–12[42] League Two 43 2 1 1 1 0 2[a] 0 47 3
2012–13[43] League Two 44 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 48 0
2013–14[44] League Two 46 1 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 49 1
2014–15[45] League Two 45 3 4 1 0 0 1[a] 0 50 4
Total 246 8 13 1 6 0 11 0 276 10
Carlisle United 2015–16[46] League Two 37 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 42 0
2016–17[47] League Two 45 1 2 0 2 0 6[c] 0 55 1
2017–18[48] League Two 38 2 3 0 2 0 3[d] 0 46 2
Total 120 3 8 0 6 0 9 0 143 3
Port Vale 2018–19[49] League Two 13 0 0 0 0 0 2[d] 0 15 0
Career total 422 15 24 2 13 0 23 0 482 17
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  2. ^ One appearance in the Football League Trophy and two in the League Two play-offs
  3. ^ Four appearance in the EFL Trophy and two in the League Two play-offs
  4. ^ a b Appearances in the EFL Trophy

References[edit]

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