Player profile

Joe Hewitt

Joe Hewitt

Birthdate: 3 May 1881
Birthplace: Chester, England
Date of death: 12 November 1971
Other clubs: Chester Locos (1899-1900), Newtown Rangers (1900-01), Sunderland (1901-04), Bolton Wanderers (1910-11), Reading (1911)
Bought from: Sunderland
Signed for LFC: £150, 09.02.1904
Liverpool debut: 13.02.1904
Last appearance: 28.12.1909
Debut goal: 12.03.1904
Last goal: 25.09.1909
Contract expiry: 11.07.1910
Win ratio: 46.34% W:76 D:29 L:59
Games/goals ratio: 2.22
Honours: League Championship 1905/06
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 1 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 152 / 69
Total LFC games/goals: 164 / 74

Player profile

Joe Hewitt made his name in his local Chester & District league, originally with Chester Locos where he was 12 months before returning to Newtown Rangers where he had played youth football. He was a prominent part of the Rangers team that won the championship of the Chester League in 1900/01. Hewitt was finally recommended to Sunderland where he won the League title in his debut season, but being a newcomer he only played five games and contributed one goal. The inside-left was signed by Liverpool during the 1903/04 season and quickly won a place in the side, playing in the last ten first division fixtures but being unable to stop the club's slide into the Second Division. He only figured nine times in 1904/05, as Liverpool conquered the Second Division. Hewitt was moved to centre-forward with devastating effect in the 1905/06 season. The first division title was won for the second time in the club's history and Hewitt was easily Liverpool's top-scorer in the League with 24 goals from 37 appearances. Injury and illness kept him on the sidelines the following year and he made few appearances as an outside-left as Sam Raybould re-established himself in the centre. Once Raybould left the club Hewitt returned to centre position, netting 34 times from 75 games in the 1907/08 and 1908/09 seasons. In 1909/10 Hewitt was transferred to second division Bolton Wanderers where he stayed only one season before leaving for Reading in the Southern league.

The Dundee Courier reports a harrowing experience for Hewitt in March 1907 when he tried to save his next-door neighbour, Sarah Ann Sweeney, from being burnt to death. Mrs. Sweeney, who lived at 12 Finchley Road, Anfield, was getting out of bed when her nightdress caught fire. She rushed downstairs and into Hewitt’s house. Hewitt managed to put out the flames, but Mrs. Sweeney died from the shock. “Accidental death” was the verdict in Liverpool's Coroner's Court. Hewitt was a member of Liverpool's staff after his retirement in 1911; as coach, club steward and press-box attendant for nearly 60 years!

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 152 11 0 0 1 164
1903-1904 10 0 0 0 0 10
1904-1905 9 0 0 0 0 9
1905-1906 37 5 0 0 1 43
1906-1907 23 0 0 0 0 23
1907-1908 36 4 0 0 0 40
1908-1909 33 2 0 0 0 35
1909-1910 4 0 0 0 0 4

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
10 Middlesbrough
10 Everton
9 Newcastle United
9 Sheffield United
8 Sunderland
8 Manchester City
8 Blackburn Rovers
7 Nottingham Forest
7 Bury
7 Preston North End
7 Aston Villa
7 Notts County
6 Arsenal
6 Sheffield Wednesday
5 Birmingham City
5 Bolton Wanderers
5 Stoke City
5 Manchester United
5 Bristol City
5 Derby
4 Chelsea
2 Wolves
2 Brighton & Hove Albion
2 Bradford City
2 Leicester City
2 Port Vale
2 Doncaster Rovers
1 Brentford
1 Burnley
1 Barnsley
1 Burton United
1 Glossop North End
1 Corinthians
1 Southampton
1 Norwich City
1 Lincoln City
Total Competition
152 League
11 FA Cup
1 Sheriff of London Charity Shield

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 69 2 0 0 3 74
1903-1904 1 0 0 0 0 1
1904-1905 1 0 0 0 0 1
1905-1906 24 1 0 0 3 28
1906-1907 8 0 0 0 0 8
1907-1908 21 0 0 0 0 21
1908-1909 12 1 0 0 0 13
1909-1910 2 0 0 0 0 2

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
69 League
3 Sheriff of London Charity Shield
2 FA Cup
Total Open play/Penalty
74 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 13.02.1904 Stoke Anfield League
50 10.03.1906 Southampton Anfield FA Cup
100 07.12.1907 Aston Villa Anfield League
150 30.01.1909 Manchester United Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 0 12.03.1904 Sheffield United Anfield League
50 70 25.01.1908 Birmingham St Andrews League

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Chester Locos 1899-1900 Chester and District League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Newtown Rangers 1900-1901 Chester and District League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sunderland 1901-1902 England First Division 5 1 5 1
Sunderland 1902-1903 England First Division 27 7 27 7
Sunderland 1903-1904 England First Division 5 1 5 1
Bolton Wanderers 1910-1911 England Second Division 11 3 12 3
Reading 1911 Southern League 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 48 12 49 12
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