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Bernard Joy

Full name: Bernard Joy
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: October 29, 1911 in Fulham, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: July 18, 1984 in Kenton, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: Casuals FC, London (GBR) / Arsenal FC, London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Football


An amateur throughout his career, Bernard Joy was the last great amateur to play in a professional football game in England and holds the distinction of being the last amateur to win a full international cap for England. Educated at the University of London he started his football career as centre-half with the Casuals (later Corinthian Casuals) and skippered them to victory in the 1936 FA Amateur Cup Final. That was followed by his only full England international cap, in the end-of-season European tour, but he ended up on the losing side as England lost 3-2 to Belgium in Brussels.

A couple of months later Joy skippered the Great Britain side at the Berlin Olympics and in the quarter-final against Poland two late goals from Joy pulled the score back from 5-2 to 5-4 but England couldn’t forced another goal in the last 10 minutes and all the skipper’s goalscoring exploits were in vain. Having played one game in the League for Fulham, Joy joined Arsenal in 1935 and was a member of their 1937-38 championship-winning team, playing in 29 games. Remarkably Joy scored two goals in that one game against Poland at the 1936 Olympics, yet he never scored in 92 competitive matches for Arsenal.

Joy served as a physical training instructor with the RAF in World War II but continued playing football during the hostilities, making over 200 appearances for Arsenal, and winning one more Wartime England cap. He returned to Arsenal after the war but retired midway through the first post-war season, and then continued playing for Corinthian Casuals until completely retiring in 1948

He shunned his former professional of teaching and turned his attention to his new career of journalism where he became a respected football and tennis correspondent for the London Evening Standard and Sunday Express. He was noted for handwriting all his copy in longhand. In 1952 Joy wrote Forward, Arsenal! A Comprehensive History of Arsenal Football Club.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Football Men's Football Great Britain GBR 5T

Men's Football

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G YC RC
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Football Great Britain GBR Final Standings 5T 1936-08-03 2 0 0
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Football Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #3 2 1936-08-08 POL 5, GBR 4 2
1936 Summer 24 Berlin Football Great Britain GBR Round One Match #8 1 1936-08-06 GBR 2, CHN 0 0
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