Name: Joseph Connor (O'Connor per birth records)
Born: 26 September 1877, Philipstown, Kings County (now Daingean, Co. Offaly)
Representative Honours: Ireland: 3 Full Caps / 1 Goal (1903-1904).
Teams............... --Seasons-- -Signed- League FACup
Gordon Highlanders.. 97/98
West Bromwich Albion 97/98-98/99 Mar-1898. 10/ 0
Walsall............. 99/00-00/01 Jun-1899. 48/14 .5/ 2
Bristol City........ 01/02 ..... Jun-1901..25/ 8 .2/ 1
Woolwich Arsenal.... 02/03 ..... May-1902. 14/ 2 .2/ 1
Brentford........... 02/03 ..... Dec-1902 .11/ 3 (Southern League)
New Brompton ........03/04 ..... Jul-1903 ..4/ 1 (Southern League)
Fulham ..............03/04 ..... Oct-1904 .11/ 1 (Southern League)
Joe Connor, the son of a serving soldier, was born in 1877 in Philipstown, Kings County, Ireland. He remained in Ireland with the Gordon Highlanders until 1892, when the regiment moved to England. In March 1898 while playing for the Gordon Highlanders he was signed by West Bromwich Albion as an amateur, turning professional the following month. In a little over a season with Albion he played ten games on the right-hand side of attack, winning praise for his grace and methodical approach.
Normally an inside-right at club level, all three of Connor's Irish caps were earned leading the attack. He scored within nine minutes of his debut in a 2-0 win over Scotland in March 1903, and retained his place for the next two Home Nations matches. His first two international appearances came whilst on the books of Brentford, and his final cap while a Fulham player.
His football career spanned many clubs, however his home base was West Bromwich as he had married while playing there and his wife and two daughters were still living there. When he retired from football he settled permanently in West Bromwich and was the proud father of three daughters by the 1911 Census.
Ireland Cap Details:
21-03-1903 Scotland (a) W 2-0 BC 1 goal
28-03-1903 Wales... (h) W 2-0 BC
12-03-1904 England. (h) L 1-2 BC
Summary: 3/1. Won 2, Drew 0, Lost 1.
Much work has been carried out by George Glass to clarify some widely published (including previously by NIFG) mis-information on this player. Other publications have indicated his place of birth as Lochee in Scotland on various different dates and under slight variations of name. George has cross-referenced census information and birth/death certificates to give the details now presented above. Sadly, no definite details of Connor's death have been traced. Thanks George.