Walsall player 172. Joe Bambrick

• Joseph Gardiner Absolom “Joe” Bambrick, (3 November 1905 – 13 October 1983), was an Irish footballer who played for Chelsea, Walsall, Glentoran, and Linfield.
• Bambrick scored 12 goals in 11 games for Ireland, including six in one game against Wales.
• A former gas worker of medium build, he was a prolific goalscorer, adept at getting into good scoring positions and athletic enough to make the final touch count. “Head, heel or toe, Slip it to Joe” became a famous catch-phrase when referring to him. His scoring of six goals for Ireland v Wales at Celtic Park on 1 February 1930 in a 7–0 win, still remains the record score for a British Isles player in an international fixture.
• Bambrick scored Chelsea’s goal in their highest-attended competitive match at their ground Stamford Bridge. A crowd of 82,905 watched the 1-1 draw with local rivals Arsenal on 12 October 1935.

Joe is one of few footballers who get blue placques on their home, but on thewall of the house he lived in. is one commemorating him hitting two hatricks in one game.

Joe Bambrick JBPlacque


YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
1926–1927 Glentoran 22 (28)
1927–1935 Linfield 183 (286)
1935–1938 Chelsea 59 (34)
1938–1939 Walsall 35 (15)
TOTAL 299 (364)
1928–1938 Ireland (IFA) 11 (12)
1927–1932 Irish League XI 12 (9)

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