By Tony Attwood
Joe Lievesley was born Staveley, (although which Staveley I am not sure) on 25 July 1883 and died on 18 October 1941. He played in goal for Poolsbrook United, Sheffield United, and Woolwich Arsenal
One of the first records we have of him playing was in an FA Cup first round replay on Thursday 16th January 1908 in which Swindon Town beat Sheffield United after extra time. What has kept the memory of this match alive is not that Swindon won, but that they were in the Southern League at the time, and apparently hadn’t won a game in the FA Cup proper for 20 years. The first match was drawn in Swindon and the replay was heralded as one of the David and Goliath matches.
He next crops up in history on the FA’s 1910 tour of South Africa. Here’s the list of players…
Manager: Charles Hughes
- Bob Benson (Sheffield United)
- Arthur Berry (Everton)
- Joe Bulcock (Crystal Palace)
- Dick Duckworth (Manchester United)
- Harold Fleming (Swindon Town)
- Vince Hayes (Manchester United)
- Billy Hibbert (Bury)
- George Holley (Sunderland)
- Joe Leeming (Brighton and Hove Albion)
- Joe Lievesley (Sheffield United)
- James Raine (Glossop)
- George Richards (Derby County)
- Ivan Sharpe (Glossop)
- Billy Silto (Swindon Town)
- Albert Sturgess (Sheffield United)
- George Wall (Manchester United)
- Billy Wedlock (Bristol City)
- Vivian Woodward (Chelsea)
- Gordon Wright (Hull City)
Although the list of games takes us away from Lievesley as such it is interesting in its own right, because of the regularity of the matches, and the fact that there must have been some transport problems at the time.
England played 23 and won 23
26/5/10 Cape Town Colonial born of Cape Town 1-7 England 28/5/10 Cape Town Western Province 0-13 England 1/6/10 Kimberley Griqualand West 0-2 England 4/6/10 Kimberley Griqualand West 1-7 England 8/6/10 Bloemfontein Bloemfontein 0-4 England 11/6/10 Johannesburg Johannesburg District 1-6 England (also reported vs The Reef) 13/6/10 Krugersdorp West Rand 1-3 England 15/6/10 Pretoria Pretoria District 1-4 England 18/6/10 Johannesburg Transvaal 0-1 England (also reported vs Johannesburg District) 20/6/10 Ladysmith Klip River District 3-13 England 22/6/10 Pietermaritzburg Pietermaritzburg 0-6 England 25/6/10 Durban Natal 2-6 England 29/6/10 Durban South Africa 0-3 England 2/7/10 East London Frontier 0-7 England 4/7/10 King William's Town Frontier 0-6 England 6/7/10 Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth District 0-8 England 9/7/10 Port Elizabeth Eastern Province 0-10 England 12/7/10 Grahamstown Grahamstown District 0-9 England 16/7/10 Johannesburg Rand League 1-2 England (also reported at Bloemfontein, vs Orange River Colony) 20/7/10 Vogelfontein East Rand 0-5 England (also reported at Johannesburg) 23/7/10 Johannesburg South Africa 2-6 England 27/7/10 Cape Town Western Province 0-9 England 30/7/10 Cape Town South Africa 3-6 England
At Woolwich Arsenal and The Arsenal his career spanned just two seasons, cut off (as so many careers were) by the first world war.
He had come into the team as a replacement for McDonald (who finally left in November 1913) and made 75 appearances in goal.
And that’s about it. Obviously a man of repute and ability, but I regret I have nothing more on him.