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Joe Kennedy

West Bromwich Albion FC


Joe Kennedy


  Joseph Peter Kennedy
Birth 15 November 1925 in Cleator Moor, Cumberland [registered without the 'Peter' in Whitehaven, December 1925].
Attended St. Patrick's School in Whitehaven.
Marriage to Pamela Thomas [registered in West Bromwich, March 1955]
Death 17 September 1986 in Brockhouse, aged 60 years 146 days. [registered in West Bromwich]

Club Career

Club(s) Played his junior football with Whitehaven & District Boys, and joined his local side Cleater Moor Celtic in 1941, then turned out for Workington FC in 1942. Over the next couple of years, he had trials with Brentford FC and Millwall FC, but proved unsuccessful and he moved to Gravesend FC for the 1944-45 season. He spent the next season at Freelands FC, and then Altrincham FC in April 1946. West Bromwich Albion FC signed Kennedy as a professional in December 1948, and paid a £750 transfer fee. He began his career as an inside-right, but was moved to the half-back line in 1952. After completing 364 league appearances, and scoring three goals, he joined Chester FC on a free transfer in June 1962. He made another 35 league appearances. Kennedy joined Stourbridge FC as a player-manager in August 1962 and later turned out for his works team, Brockhouse Works FC. He retired from playing in 1966.
Club honours Football League Division Two runners-up 1948-49; Division One runners-up 1953-54; FA Cup winners 1953-54; FA Charity Shield shared 1954;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight not known

England Career

Player number Did not appear for England
Position(s) Centre half-back
Individual honours England B (three appearances (all as captain), 1952-56). FA XI captain (1952)
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Worked in Brockhouse until he colllapsed and died there.

The Numbers
parties unused reserve
1 3 3

Match History
Age 26 B  
one appearance - France Espoirsᶜ May 1952

 Club: West Bromwich Albion F.C. - no full appearances manager: Walter Winterbottom - no full appearancesx

apps match pic match details comp res. rundown shirt

273 4 October 1952 - Ireland 2 England 2, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD replacement reserve
274 12 November 1952 - England 5 Wales 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW reserve

Age 27
275 26 November 1952 - England 5 Belgium 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW unused sub

Age 28
284 25 November 1953 - England 3 Hungary 6, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HL unused sub

Age 29
293 1 December 1954 - England 3 West Germany 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW unused sub

Age 30 B  
one appearance - Yugoslaviaᶜ October 1955

299 22 October 1955 - Wales 2 England 1, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AL reserve
301 30 November 1955 - England 4 Spain 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW dropped
party member
one appearance - Scotlandᶜ February 1956