Joe Haverty

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Joe Haverty
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Personal information
Full name Joseph Haverty[1]
Date of birth (1936-02-17)17 February 1936[1]
Place of birth Dublin,[1] Ireland
Date of death 7 February 2009(2009-02-07) (aged 72)
Place of death Dublin, Ireland
Height 5 ft 3 in (160 cm)[2]
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Home Farm
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1954 St Patrick's Athletic 9 (1)
1954–1961 Arsenal 114 (25)
1961–1962 Blackburn Rovers 27 (1)
1962–1964 Millwall 68 (8)
1964Celtic (loan) 1 (0)
1964–1965 Bristol Rovers 13 (1)
1965–1966 Shelbourne 26 (3)
1967 Chicago Spurs 16 (0)
1968 Kansas City Spurs 22 (1)
1969Drumcondra (loan) 6 (0)
1969–1971 Shamrock Rovers 7 (0)
1971–1972 Drogheda 6 (0)
National team
1955–1966 Republic of Ireland 32 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Joseph Haverty (17 February 1936 – 7 February 2009) was an Irish footballer who played as a winger. He was capped 32 times for the Republic of Ireland.


Haverty played for Home Farm and St Patrick's Athletic before signing for Arsenal in July 1954,[3] he almost immediately made his debut, while still only 18, against Everton on 25 August 1954, though he only managed another six matches that season, and eight the one after that.[4]

His breakthrough in the Arsenal side came in 1956–57, as he became the Gunners' first choice left-winger, playing 32 times and scoring 9 goals. By now he had also made his debut for the Republic of Ireland, against the Netherlands on 10 May 1955.[4][5]

Haverty also played in the London XI that contested the inaugural edition of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, he played against Lausanne Sports in the semi-finals (and scored a goal in the 3–2 aggregate win), he did not make the cut for the final against Barcelona, which London lost 6–1 on aggregate.[5]

Back trouble meant he missed some of Arsenal's matches during this time,[2] but put in 37 appearances and 8 goals in 1959–60,[4] his best season for the club.[5] However, the next season he was made to share the left wing position with Alan Skirton. Haverty was unhappy with the lack of a regular first-team place, and put in a transfer request; he was sold to Blackburn Rovers in August 1961 for £25,000. In all, he played 122 matches for Arsenal, scoring 26 goals.[3]

Haverty spent a single season with Blackburn, before having spells in the lower divisions with Millwall and Bristol Rovers, with a brief spell at Celtic in between,[1][5] he moved back to his native Ireland to play for Shelbourne, with whom he won the last of his 32 full international caps.[5][4] In 1967 he went to the United States to play for Chicago Spurs (later Kansas City Spurs) in the NASL,[6] and then returned to sign for Shamrock Rovers in 1969,[5] for whom he made two appearances in the European Cup Winners' Cup.[7] In August 1971 he signed for Drogheda.[8]

He went on to scout for Arsenal in Ireland.[5] In 2000, he was inaugurated into the Football Association of Ireland's Hall of Fame,[2] he died on 7 February 2009, in Dublin, aged 72.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Joe Haverty". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Joe Haverty". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b Harris, Jeff (1995). Hogg, Tony (ed.). Arsenal Who's Who. London: Independent UK Sports. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-899429-03-5.
  4. ^ a b c d "Joe Haverty". AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Ponting, Ivan (21 March 2009). "Joe Haverty: Skilful Arsenal and Republic of Ireland left-winger known for his trickery and dribbling". The Independent. London. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Joe Haverty". Dave Morrison. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Joe Haverty: Cup Winners Cup 1969/1970". Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  8. ^ Devlin, Seamus (27 August 1971). "Drogheda to sign Dixon". The Irish Times. p. 3. Meagan also announced signing on Joe Haverty, another former Shamrock Rovers player, and he is included in the Drogheda panel for Sunday's game.