Player profile

Joe Keetley

Birthdate: 28 June 1897
Birthplace: Derby, England
Other clubs: Victoria Ironworks (1914-20), Bolton Wanderers (1920-23), Accrington Stanley (1923), Wolverhampton Wanderers (1925), Wrexham (1925-26), Doncaster Rovers (1926), Horwich RMI, Lancaster Town, Ribble Motors
Bought from: Accrington Stanley
Signed for LFC: £1,200, 07.11.1923
Liverpool debut: 22.12.1923
Last appearance: 19.04.1924
Debut goal: 26.12.1923
Last goal: 01.01.1924
Contract expiry: May 1925
Win ratio: 33.33% W: 3 D: 1 L: 5
Games/goals ratio: 4.5
LFC league games/goals: 9 / 2
Total LFC games/goals: 9 / 2

Player profile

Keetley was living a dream when he signed for Liverpool in November 1923. He had only joined third division north's Accrington Stanley five months earlier on a free and after scoring eight goals in 13 appearances he was sold to League champions Liverpool for a four figure sum. The Accrington Observer described him as a "player of the artistic type, clever in ball-control and artful in beating an opponent." Keetley made nine appearances in Liverpool's first team during the 1923/24 first division season. He was first selected for an away game at Ninian Park, Cardiff on the Saturday before Christmas 1923 and then kept his place for the next four matches, scoring his first goal for the club in a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle on Boxing Day and then netting against Chelsea at Anfield on New Years' Day. He also scored on what turned out to be his penultimate appearance for Liverpool, but his goal one minute from time at Stamford Bridge on 18 April 1924 was only a consolation in another 2-1 defeat.

Keetley had ten brothers, eight of whom played League football. Maybe Joe's rise to stardom was too rapid for his own good and he left Liverpool after 18 months and then went through three League clubs in eight months before going into non-league football.

Appearances per season

1923-1924 900009

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

2Newcastle United
1West Ham United
1Bolton Wanderers
1Cardiff City

Goals per season

1923-1924 200002

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalGoal minute period
146-60 minutes
176-90 minutes
TotalOpen play/Penalty
2Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals

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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

122.12.1923Cardiff CityNinian ParkLeague

Milestone Goals

18326.12.1923Newcastle UnitedSt James' ParkLeague

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1923-1924 * Striker
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.