Bill Joyce

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Bill Joyce
Personal information
Full name William Joyce
Date of birth (1877-04-08)8 April 1877
Place of birth Prestonpans, Scotland
Playing position Centre-forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Morton
1894–1897 Bolton Wanderers 30 (16)
Tottenham Hotspur
1899–1900 Thames Ironworks 27 (8)
Portsmouth
1901–1903 Burton United
Morton
Motherwell
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bill Joyce (born 8 April 1877) was a Scottish footballer who played as a centre-forward in the Football League for Bolton Wanderers and Burton United. He played in Thames Ironworks' final season before reforming as West Ham United, and also played for Morton, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and Motherwell.[1][2]

Joyce started his career at Morton before moving to England and Bolton Wanderers in 1894, he suffered a broken leg while with the club in 1896.[1]

Joyce played for Tottenham, scoring 26 goals in 38 games,[1] he signed for Thames Ironworks for the 1899-1900 season (the club's last season before becoming West Ham United), along with Spurs colleagues Harry Bradshaw and Kenny McKay,[3] and made 27 Southern League appearances for the club, scoring 8 goals. He also averaged a goal a game in seven FA Cup appearances that season,[4] his three goals in a 5–1 test match victory, against Fulham at White Hart Lane on 30 April 1900, assured a league place for the successor club the following season.[5]

Joyce went on to join Portsmouth as a replacement for Sandy Brown. A year later, he moved to Burton United and made 29 appearances over two seasons.[1]

He later returned to Morton and played for Motherwell.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 113. ISBN 1-903135-50-8.
  2. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2012) [2002]. Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 159. ISBN 978-1-905891-61-0.
  3. ^ Northcutt, John. "Farewell Thames Ironworks". theyflysohigh.co.uk. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Joyce". www.westhamstats.info. Retrieved 11 February 2007.
  5. ^ Northcutt, John. "The Letter "J"". theyflysohigh.co.uk. Retrieved 9 March 2018.