Centre forward Joe Shaw joined the Tigers in May 1907 and played in the City first team as an amateur while pursuing his profession as a school master. He slotted straight into Ambrose Langley’s team in the pivot role, playing alongside Joe Smith, Arthur Temple and Gordon Wright, players with considerable goalscoring prowess. Shaw scored his first City goal in a September 1907 2-0 win over Barnsley and added two more goals in the next 3 games. Shaw scored doubles against Grimsby Town in December 1907, Woolwich Arsenal in the FA Cup in January 1908, Leeds City in February 1908 and Derby County in April 1908, the final game of the season. Shaw ended the season with 14 league goals as City finished eighth in the Second Division.
Shaw was retained in the first team at the start of the 1908/09 season and scored twice against Clapton Orient in early September. After missing several games in the month of October Shaw returned in mid-November and at the end of the month scored his only City hattrick in a 5-1 win against Gainsborough Trinity. On Boxing Day 1908 Joe suffered a broken collarbone during a match at Wolverhampton Wanderers, an injury that meant he missed the rest of the season and, amid some controversy amongst City supporting correspondents in the local press, was not retained in the 1909 close season.
Joseph Shaw was born in the colliery village of South Hylton on the banks of the River Wear near Sunderland. He played junior football in Sunderland then studied at Armstrong College in Newcastle and Durham University, qualifying as a school master. Shaw joined Sunderland in December 1905 after short spells with Bishop Auckland and Darlington and in two seasons he scored 14 times in 31 League starts for the Roker Park side. In the summer of 1907 he accepted a teaching appointment in Hull and was quickly snapped up by Hull City.
Shaw joined Grimsby Town in October 1909 but after only six starts he left the Mariners to focus on his teaching career, while also coaching the Hull City boys’ team. He lived in Bank Street in 1911, a row of terraced housing located on the site of Jacksons Bakery off Derringham Street. After serving in World War One he returned to teaching in Hull and by January 1928 he was appointed President of the National Association of Schoolmasters Hull Branch. In 1939 he was still working as a school master and living in Scarborough with his wife Robina. We are yet to track down Joe’s date of death.
Date/Place of Birth: 19 February 1883, South Hylton
Hull City First Game: 2 September 1907, Clapton Orient A (Division Two), 24 years, 195 days old
Hull City Final Game: 26 December 1908, Wolverhampton Wanderers A (Division Two), 25 years, 311 days old
Sunderland West End (1899-1900), Armstrong College (1900-1901), Durham University (1901-1903), Bishop Auckland (1903-1904), Darlington (1904-1905), Sunderland (1905-1907), Hull City (1907-1909), Grimsby Town (1909-1910)
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Career: 48 apps, 22 goalsJoe Shaw