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