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Bernard Joy

Arsenal FC & Casuals FC & Corinthians FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 2: A 3
0% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


Full name Bernard Joy
Born 29 October 1911 at 29 Mablethorpe Road, Fulham, London [registered in Fulham, December 1911].

Census Notes

According to the 1911 census, Bernard's family were living at 29 Mablethorpe Road in Fulham. His mother, Annie, had already borne a child, Edward. Their father, Michael, was a Police Constable in the Metropolitan Police. His parents were from Yorkshire.

According to the 1939 register, Bernard is a secondary school master, married to Eadie, and they live at 6 Myddleton Road in Ware, at the home of the Stanton's.
Married to Eadie L. Greenland [registered in Ware, Hertfordshire, September 1934]. Three children, Christopher, Margaret and Karen.
Died 18 July 1984 in Kenton, aged 72 years 263 days [registered in Brent, London, July 1984] of cancer.
Height/Weight 6' 1", 12st. 6lbs [1938].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Played football at London University and also played with the Casuals club.  At the same time, he signed as amateur for Southend United FC and Fulham FC, making one league appearance for the Cottagers in 1933-34. Started playing for the Corinthians club from the mid-1930's, as he joined Arsenal FC from May 1935. He appeared in 86 league matches for The Gunners until his retirement at the end of 1946. He also turned out for Southampton FC and West Ham United FC during the war. However, straight after the war, Joy was found to be playing for the Casuals clubs for a season until his full retirement in 1948.
Club honours FA Amateur Cup winners 1935-36, Football League Champions 1937-38; FA Charity Shield winners 1938;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 621st players (621) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-half
Only match No. 204, 9 May 1936, Belgium 3 England 2, and end-of-season tour match at Stade du Centenaire, Bruxelles, aged 24 years 193 days.
Major tournaments Great Britain Olympics 1936 as captain
Team honours England Wartime (one appearance), England amateur (twelve appearances)
Individual honours None
Distinctions Generally regarded as the last amateur to win a full cap for England. Most certainly the last Corinthian to play for England.
Died in the same month as Eric Keen.

Beyond England

Originally employed as a schoolmaster, Joy became a football writer with the London newspapers, Star and Evening Standard, retiring in October 1976 after 31 years in journalism. Also author of Forward, Arsenal!, a club history that is a model of its kind. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.147.

Bernard Joy - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
3 1 0 90 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Bernard Joy - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - Friendly 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0 0 2.00 3.00 0.00 -1
All 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0 0 2.00 3.00 0.00 -1


Bernard Joy - Match History
 Club: Casuals F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - 0 full appearances

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 23
- 198 18 May 1935 - Netherlands 0 England 1, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam Fr AW reserve
 Club: Arsenal F.C., Casuals F.C. & Corinthians F.C. - 1 full cap  
Age 24
- 203 6 May 1936 - Austria 2 England 1, Praterstadion, Prater, Wien tour AL reserve
1 204 9 May 1936 - Belgium 3 England 2, Stade du Centenaire, Bruxelles AL Start ch