301 Joe Cassidy

Biography

Young Scottish inside left Joseph “Joe” Cassidy joined the Tigers in May 1935. Born in the Govan area of Glasgow, Cassidy had played for several local junior sides in his teenage years and had made his reputation at Glasgow-based side Ashfield Juniors prior to his move to the Tigers. The Tigers were struggling at the foot of the Second Division table by the end of November 1935 when beleaguered manager Jack Hill introduced Cassidy to the Tigers’ first team. Joe scored on his second appearance, a 2-2 draw at Leicester City, but after three crushing defeats over the festive period Cassidy was dropped and Hill was relieved of his duties a week later. Hill’s successor, the returning David Menzies, only turned to Cassidy on the last day of the season, by which time he had piloted the Tigers to the foot of the table and relegation to Division Three North.

Menzies died suddenly in October 1936 and was replaced two months later by Ernest Blackburn, throughout this period of turmoil Cassidy languished in the City reserves. Not until February 1937 did Cassidy make it back to the first team in a high scoring game that City lost 3-6 to Gateshead. With the inside left position occupied regularly by goalscoring Welshman Dai Davies, Cassidy was unable to break into the City starting XI again and he left the club in the 1937 close season. It appears he gave up football at that time and by 1939 he was working in Derby for the Air Ministry. He remained in the Midlands for the rest of his life, dying in Solihull in 1994.

Details

Nationality: Scotland
Date/Place of Birth: 19 November 1914, Govan
Hull City First Game: 30 November 1935, Bradford Park Avenue H (Division Two), 21 years, 11 days old
Hull City Final Game: 13 February 1937, Gateshead A (Division Three North), 22 years, 86 days old

Clubs

Croy Celtic (1931), Cumbernauld Thistle (1931-1932), Ashfield Juniors (1932-1935), Hull City (1935-1937)

Hull City Record

Career: 8 apps, 1 goals

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