After stints in the lower leagues with Wigan Athletic and Bournemouth the combative midfielder was signed by managerless Everton on 28 December 1993 for £250,000, between the resignation of Howard Kendall and arrival of Mike Walker. While at the Premier League side he made 107 appearances, scoring 4 goals.
He became a fans' favourite at the club, playing a major part in Joe Royle's "Dogs of War" Everton team.
Most memorably he won an FA Cup winner's medal when Everton defeated Manchester United in the 1995 Final.
Unfortunate with injuries his career was cut short, with Parkinson retiring from football in November 1999, when only 28. This came two years after his last appearance.
Despite the relatively small number of appearances he made his contribution and commitment was recognised with a testimonial against Manchester City in 2000.
Joe was on SKY SPORTS "Where are they now" series in May 2008 and is now a forklift driver at "Smith Bateson" (http://www.smithbateson.co.uk) and said he got a normal day job because he just got so bored being at home all the time.