Roger Joseph

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Roger Joseph
Personal information
Full name Roger Anthony Joseph[1]
Date of birth (1965-12-24) 24 December 1965 (age 53)
Place of birth Paddington, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
0000–1983 Brentford
1983–1984 Southall
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1988 Brentford 105 (2)
1988–1996 Wimbledon 162 (0)
1995Millwall (loan) 5 (0)
1996 Chelsea 0 (0)
1996–1997 Leyton Orient 14 (0)
1997 West Bromwich Albion 2 (0)
1997–2000 Leyton Orient 53 (0)
2001 Southall 0 (0)
2001–2002 King's Lynn 5 (0)
2003 AFC Wimbledon 0 (0)
2003–2004 Leatherhead
2004 Southall 2 (0)
2004–2005 AFC Wimbledon 0 (0)
National team
1991 England B 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Roger Anthony Joseph (born 24 December 1965 in Paddington, England) is a former professional football right back, best remembered for his time in the Football League with Wimbledon and Brentford. He won two caps for England B at international level.

Club career[edit]

Brentford[edit]

Joseph began his career alongside his older brother Francis at Third Division club Brentford and rejoined the club in October 1984 after having been released as a junior and then dropped into non-league football with Southall.[1][2] He made his senior debut on the final day of the 1984–85 season in a 1–1 draw with Millwall and attempted to establish himself as the club's first choice right back during the 1985–86 and 1986–87 seasons,[3] before excelling in 1987–88 and winning Brentford's Players' Player of the Year award.[2] His performances also saw him voted into the Third Division PFA Team of the Year and he became the first Brentford player to receive the accolade.[2] He departed Griffin Park for a club record £150,000 fee in August 1988, having made 122 appearances and scored two goals for the Bees.[2]

Wimbledon[edit]

Joseph signed for First Division club and reigning FA Cup holders Wimbledon in August 1988 for a £150,000 fee.[2] He began his time with the Dons as a regular but drifted out of contention by the 1993–94 season, making just 13 league appearances, before managing just three appearances in the following season and remaining absent for the entirety of 1995–96.[4] Joseph was released in May 1996 after making 199 appearances without scoring.[5]

Millwall (loan)[edit]

On 2 March 1995, Joseph joined First Division club Millwall on loan until the end of the 1994–95 season.[5] He made five appearances and scored no goals.[5]

Chelsea[edit]

Joseph had a spell with Premier League club Chelsea during the early months of the 1996–97 season and made five appearances for the club's reserve team.[6]

Leyton Orient[edit]

Joseph joined Third Division club Leyton Orient on a non-contract basis on 22 November 1996.[5] He made 14 appearances before leaving Brisbane Road in February 1997.[7]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Joseph moved back up to the First Division to sign for West Bromwich Albion on non-contract terms 28 February 1997.[5][8] He made just two substitute appearances the following month, before departing the club at the end of the 1996–97 season.[7]

Return to Leyton Orient[edit]

Joseph returned to Leyton Orient on 3 August 1997.[5] He was a regular pick during the 1997–98 and 1998–99 seasons and helped Orient to the 1999 Third Division play-off Final, which was lost 1–0 to Scunthorpe United.[9][10] Joseph made just one appearance during the 1999–00 season and was released at the end of the campaign,[11] after making 77 appearances across his two spells at Brisbane Road.[5]

Non-league football[edit]

After his release from Leyton Orient, Joseph dropped into non-league football and played for King's Lynn, Leatherhead and had two spells with former club Southall.[12][13] He had two spells with AFC Wimbledon during the 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons and became one of the first players to play for both Wimbledon and its phoenix club.[14]

International career[edit]

Joseph won two England B caps during the second half of the 1990–91 season, starting in wins over Iceland and Switzerland B.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Joseph's brother Francis and nephew Zak are also footballers.[16] Prior to his return to professional football with Brentford in 1984, Joseph worked as a painter and decorator.[8]

Honours[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brentford 1984–85[3] Third Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1985–86[3] 28 1 0 0 2 0 3[a] 0 33 1
1986–87[3] 33 1 1 0 2 0 3[a] 0 38 1
1987–88[3] 43 0 1 0 2 0 3[a] 0 49 0
Total 105 2 2 0 6 0 9 0 122 2
Wimbledon 1992–93[4] Premier League 32 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
1993–94[4] 13 0 0 0 1 0 14 0
1994–95[4] 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 162 0 12 0 19 0 6 0 199 0
Millwall (loan) 1994–95[5] First Division 5 0 5 0
Leyton Orient 1996–97[7] Third Division 14 0 0 0 14 0
West Bromwich Albion 1996–97[7] First Division 2 0 2 0
Leyton Orient 1997–98[9] Third Division 25 0 1 0 3 0 1[a] 0 30 0
1998–99[10] 27 0 1 0 2 0 2[b] 0 32 0
1999–00[11] 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Leyton Orient total 67 0 2 0 5 0 3 0 77 0
King's Lynn 2001–02[12] Southern League Premier Division 5 0 0 0 5 0
Career total 358 0 16 0 30 0 18 0 422 0
  1. ^ a b c d Appearances in Football League Trophy.
  2. ^ Appearances in Third Division play-offs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Roger Joseph". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Harefield: Yore Publications. p. 90. ISBN 978-0955294914.
  3. ^ a b c d e White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. pp. 398–399. ISBN 0951526200.
  4. ^ a b c d "Roger Joseph". 11v11.com. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Roger Joseph at Soccerbase
  6. ^ "1996–97 season London Combination League – TheChels.info – The Chelsea Football Club Wiki". thechels.info. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d "Games played by Roger Joseph in 1996/1997". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  8. ^ a b Croxford, Mark; Lane, David; Waterman, Greville (2011). The Big Brentford Book of the Eighties. Sunbury, Middlesex: Legends Publishing. pp. 352–353. ISBN 978-1906796716.
  9. ^ a b "Games played by Roger Joseph in 1997/1998". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Games played by Roger Joseph in 1998/1999". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Games played by Roger Joseph in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  12. ^ a b "SoccerFacts UK Player Details". soccerfactsuk.co.uk. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Roger Joseph". footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  14. ^ "AFC Wimbledon | Player Profile | Roger Joseph". www.wimbledonheritage.co.uk. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  15. ^ "England – International Results B-Team – Details". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Ex-Sheffield United and Reading striker inspires son". getbucks. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  17. ^ Croxford, Lane & Waterman 2011, p. 383.

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