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Joe Haverty

Joe Haverty
Personal information
Full nameJoseph Haverty
Date of birth17 February 1936
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
Date of death9 February 2009(age 72)
Place of deathDublin, Ireland
Playing positionWinger

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Joe Haverty (17 February 1936 - 7 February 2009) was an Irish football player.

Haverty played for Home Farm and St Patrick's Athletic, before signing for Arsenal in July 1954. He almost immediately made his debut, while still only 18, against Everton on 25 August 1954, though he only managed another seven matches that season, and eight the one after that.

His breakthrough in the Arsenal side came in 1956-57, as he became the Gunners' first choice left-winger, playing 32 times and scoring 9 goals. By now he had also made his debut for the Republic of Ireland, against the Netherlands on 10 May 1955.

Haverty also played in the London XI that contested the first Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1955-58; however, although he played against Lausanne Sports in the semi-finals (and scored a goal in the 3-2 aggregate win), he did not make the cut for the final against Barcelona, which London lost 6-1 on aggregate.

Back trouble meant he missed some of Arsenal's matches during this time, but put in 37 appearances and 8 goals in 1959-60, his best season for the club. However, the next season he was made to share the left wing position with Alan Skirton. Haverty was unhappy with the lack of a regular first-team place, and put in a transfer request; he was sold to Blackburn Rovers in August 1961 for £25,000. In all, he played 122 matches for Arsenal, scoring 26 goals.

Haverty spent a single season with Blackburn, before having spells in the lower divisions with Millwall and Bristol Rovers, with a brief spell at Celtic in between. He moved back to his native Ireland to play for Shelbourne, with whom he won the last of his seven full international caps. He then moved abroad in December 1966 to play for American side Chicago Spurs (later Kansas City Spurs) in the NASL, and then returned to sign for Shamrock Rovers in 1969, where he made two appearances in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. In August 1971 he signed for Drogheda .

In 2000 he was inaugurated into the Football Association of Ireland's Hall of Fame. He died on 9 February 2009, in Dublin, aged 72.

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