Warren Joyce

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Warren Joyce
Personal information
Full name Warren Garton Joyce
Date of birth (1965-01-20) 20 January 1965 (age 50)
Place of birth Oldham, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfield
Club information
Current team
Manchester United Reserves
Youth career
1981–1983 Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1987 Bolton Wanderers 184 (17)
1987–1992 Preston North End 177 (34)
1992–1993 Plymouth Argyle 30 (3)
1993–1996 Burnley 70 (9)
1995 Hull City (loan) 9 (3)
1996–2000 Hull City 147 (15)
Total 608 (78)
Teams managed
1998–2000 Hull City
2006–2008 Royal Antwerp
2008–2010 Manchester United Reserves (co-manager)
2010– Manchester United Reserves

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Warren Garton Joyce (born 20 January 1965) is a former footballer who played in The Football League, and now works as a coach.

Early life at Bolton[edit]

Joyce was born in Oldham, Lancashire, the son of Walter Joyce, the former Burnley, Blackburn Rovers and Oldham Athletic player, and began his career as a trainee with Bolton Wanderers in 1981. Working his way up into the first team he became known for being a tigerish midfielder who never gave less than 100%.[citation needed] This made him a firm favourite with the Burnden Park fans[citation needed] and in six years with the club made a total of 216+5 appearances for the Trotters scoring 21 goals.

The move to Preston[edit]

In October 1987, however, Preston North End manager John McGrath offered £35,000 for his services. With Joyce's father Walter now a coach at Deepdale (he had previously coached at Oldham Athletic), Joyce decided to make the move. Preston at the time were struggling but the additions of Joyce along with Brian Mooney and Tony Ellis not only added flair to the team but also some much-needed bite.[citation needed]

Over the next five years, he became a much-loved figure at Preston earning himself the nickname "Psycho", due to his never-say-die commitment to the cause.[1] In all he played 203+5 matches for the Lilywhites scoring 44 goals, not only picking up the club's player of the year award along the way but also being made club captain.[citation needed] However, when Plymouth Argyle made a £160,000 offer for him in May 1992, cash-strapped Preston were forced to accept and he was on his way to Home Park.[citation needed]

Plymouth and Burnley[edit]

His stay in Devon however was short-lived, with Joyce playing only 38+2 games and scoring four goals in his year there. Plymouth decided to cash in and when Burnley offered £140,000 for him in July 1993, he was on his way back to Lancashire.[citation needed] In three years at Turf Moor he became something of a cult hero with the fans,[citation needed] playing 85+5 games and scoring 12 goals.

Hull's hero[edit]

A loan stay though at Hull City in January 1995 paved the way for a permanent deal 18 months later, so in July 1996 Joyce signed on the dotted line for Hull. He went on to play a total of 168+2 games for Hull scoring 19 goals. He soon became club captain at Boothferry Park, putting in some talisman type performances over the next two years.[citation needed] Indeed his influence at the club was so apparent that in November 1998 he was asked to stand in as caretaker manager following the departure of Mark Hateley.[citation needed]

City soon made the appointment permanent with Joyce taking on the dual role of player-manager. At the time of his appointment, City were rooted to the foot of the Fourth Division table and looked to be heading out of the Football League – and into bankruptcy.[citation needed] However, under Joyce's stewardship, City staged a remarkable turnaround and achieved survival with games to spare; City fans christened this season "the Great Escape".[2] Such is the esteem with which Joyce is regarded by Hull City fans he is assured a hero's welcome every time he returns to the KC Stadium.[citation needed]

Coaching and management[edit]

City's chairman however decided to replace Joyce as manager with the more experienced and well-known Brian Little. Many fans though felt that Joyce was a little hard done by because, considering the state the club was in at the time, he had done a fine job just keeping them in the league.[citation needed]

In all, Joyce's playing career spanned 19 years scoring 100 goals in 710+21 appearances for his various clubs. He has since held coaching roles with Leeds United, Stockport County and Tranmere Rovers.

On 11 September 2006 Joyce was appointed coach of Royal Antwerp. He was introduced to this team by his former colleague Andy Welsh who was the assistant-coach at Royal Antwerp on a loan basis from Manchester United.[citation needed] On 26 May 2008, it was announced that Joyce would leave Antwerp for Manchester United, where he will be co-managing the reserves along with former United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjær.[3] He took sole charge in December 2010, when Solskjær left to manage Molde FK.[citation needed] In November 2011, Joyce was linked with a possible return to Hull City as a replacement for Nigel Pearson.,[4] however Joyce opted to remain at Manchester United and local hero and player Nick Barmby was officially unveiled as Pearson's replacement on 15 November 2011.


  1. ^ "The Big Interview - Warren Joyce". Lep.co.uk. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Following Tigers through thick and mainly thin finally pays off". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 7 June 2008. 
  3. ^ "Duo to manage Reserves". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 7 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "Scholes set for United elevation if Hull appoint Joyce as Pearson replacement". Daily Mail. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 

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