Joey is a former professional football full-back who played for Liverpool in the season they chased the “The Treble”.
Former Wrexham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Huddersfield Town footballer who was capped 72 times by Wales. He was the tattooed tiger of a left back taken to the hearts of the Liverpool fans his time at Anfield.
That season was 1977, when left back Joey was part of the team which won the League championship and reached the finals of the FA Cup and European Cup.
The treble, unprecedented in English football, was not forthcoming. Liverpool lost 2-1 in the FA Cup final at Wembley to Manchester United, though Joey supplied the accurate long pass for Jimmy Case to score Liverpool´s goal. However, they won their first European Cup in Rome three days later, defeating Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1.
Joey joined Wrexham along with Mickey Thomas, straight from school as an apprentice in 1971. They doubled up as ground staff, as well as doing the normal apprentice roles, including cleaning the professionals boots, and were paid the princely sum of £8 per week, a fiver of which went on their lodgings.
He made his debut at the age of 17 in a Welsh Cup tie against local rivals Chester City; Wrexham lost 1-0. He did, however, win the Welsh Cup with the club in 1975, when they beat Cardiff City in the final.
Joey established himself as a right-back and helped Wrexham to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 1974, the first time the club had reached the that stage of the prestigious competition. Ironically, it was Liverpool that went on to win the trophy defeating Newcastle United comfortably 3-0.
Joey left Wrexham to join his boyhood heroes, Liverpool, when Bob Paisley paid £110,000 for his services in July 1975. He made his debut on 16 August in a 2-0 league defeat to Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
He spent much of his first season in the reserves, not quite flirting with first team appearances enough to earn a medal when Liverpool won the 1976 championship, and was watching from the sidelines as his team-mates then secured the UEFA Cup.
A hard man himself, his own hero was none other than the great Tommy Smith.
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