joe kinnear - fact file

1965 - 1975            defender


Born on 27th December 1947 in Kimmage, Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

Height : - .m  (5' 6")

Weight : -  - kgs    (st lbs)

An attacking full back, who formed a half of a notable full back pairing with Cyril Knowles during the clubs' successful spell in the 1970s. 

Joe was a right half at school, but changed to full back when he came for a trial at Spurs.  Only played the second half, but taken on, despite working as a five year apprentice machine minder in a printing works.  Signed as an amateur with Spurs from 1963, but joined Tottenham full time from St. Albans City as a professional in February 1965, when he quit his job.  Although born in Dublin, Kinnear had lived in Watford with his family from the age of seven.

Established himself as a right back and for many years, he provided a twin attacking full back pairing with Cyril Knowles on the left, as both young defenders enjoyed over-lapping outside the midfielders and getting crosses into the opposition's box.  They were both also adept at keeping their opposite numbers quiet along with the wingers form the other team, with well timed tackling and positional play, keeping them out of areas where they could deliver dangerous balls into the box from.

Was part of the FA Cup winning team in 1967, when Spurs beat Chelsea in the final, but in early 1969 Kinnear broke a leg that ruled him out for a number of months.

Was part of the successful team through the 1970s, as Bill Nicholson's second generation went on to win the League Cup twice, the UEFA Cup and lose another UEFA Cup final.  His demise as a Spurs player also coincided with Nicholson's departure and he faded out of the first team picture under Terry Neill.

Moved to Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer of 1975 leaving "for the best interests of his career", but his career was ended by a knee injury in 1977.

Worked with former team-mate Dave Mackay in the Middle East as assistant manager at Sharjah in Dubai and at Al-Shabab.

His management career in this country started with Mackay at Doncaster Rovers and then took over after the Scot had moved on.  He then became reserve team manager at Wimbledon in 1991 and became first team manager two years later.  In 1999, Kinnear had a slight heart attack and resigned from managing the Crazy Gang in June of that year, before becoming Director of Football at Luton Town in 2001, when he was back to full fitness. He left the Hatters after two years and then, in 2004, turned up as manager of Nottingham Forest, where he remained in charge for 11 months. 

In September 2008, he was surprisingly chosen to be the interim manager at Newcastle United while the club was in the throes of being sold by Magpies chairman Mike Ashley.


Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (amateur) August 1963 ?? ??  ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (professional) February 1965 ?? 8th April 1966 v West Ham United (home) (First Division)  lost 1-4 ?? ??
Brighton and Hove Albion 29th August 1975 ?? ??  ?? ??
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

Republic of Ireland international

Debut: -  1967  v Turkey (European Championship qualifier)
26 full caps;  - goals
?? Under-21 caps; goals
FA Cup winners medal 1966-1967  (THFC)
FA Cup winners medal 1970-1971; 1972-73 (THFC)
UEFA Cup winners medal 1971-1972 (THFC)

- appearance



What they said about Joe Kinnear
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Was single living with family in Watford.

Keen on swimming.

Drives an MGB GT

Invested in property in Watford which he had converted into five flats.
What they said about Joe Kinnear

Joe Kinnear was expanding his business empire in Watford by floating a company named the “Joe Kinnear Property Company limited.”

What they said about Joe Kinnear


Has two businesses – a boutique in Hampstead and invested in property in Watford.

What they said about Joe Kinnear
What they said about Joe Kinnear

Had made 23 appearances for Eire and looked forward to his 25th when he would have a trophy made from Connemara marble awarded.

Played in the Maracana v Brazil in May 1974 saying, “The ground and atmosphere of the crowd in Rio that day left a deep impression on me.”

Worst experience was breaking his right leg in two places v Leeds United (home) in January 1969.

Lived in Woodside Park, Finchley

Owned three houses in Watford which had been converted for letting.

In summer plays lots of tennis, also enjoying golf and squash.

Had put his personal ambitions aside, as all he wanted was for Spurs to stay in the First Division.

What they said about Joe Kinnear


What Joe Kinnear said about ...
... as Wimbledon manager on the club's low crowds ...  .. ()

"The place is like a morgue.  Most of those who did come are moaning bastards.  There's no home advantage for us."

... Wimbledon's ability to shoot themselves in the foot ...  .. ()

"I can count on the fingers of one hand 10 games where we've caused our own downfall."

... Wimbledon's decision to stay in South London ...  .. ()

"If they had listened to me, the supporters would be sitting in a 70,000 seater stadium and in the Premiership."

... his managerial future ...  ..2008 (Daily Mirror)

"If I have to move on from Newcastle hopefully it will be to somewhere else."

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Season League FA Cup League Cup European/European Cup Winners Cup/UEFA Cup Football Combination South-East Counties Division 1 South-East Counties Division 2
1963-1964 - - - - - - -
1964-1965 - - - - - - -
1965-1966 8 apps - -        
1966-1967 - - -        
1967-1968 - - -        
1968-1969 - - -        
1969-1970 - - -        
1970-1971 - - -        
1971-1972 - - -        
1972-1973 - - -        
1973-1974 - - -        
1974-1975 - - -        
1975-1976 - - - - - - -

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