Continuing our recent series reviewing the remarkable playing career of Joe Bambrick, Linfieldfc.com looks at the season by season goalscoring record of this incredible goal scoring machine.
The catchphrase was 'Head, heel or toe, slip it to Joe' and as can be seen below, whether Joe played for Linfield, Glentoran, Chelsea, Walsall or Ireland and especially in the really big games such as Cup Finals, Joe delivered where and when it really mattered - in front of Goal.
Joe Bambrick was born in Belfast on November 3, 1905.
His season by season goalscoring record is as follows
Glentoran - 1926/27 - 49 goals
He made a guest appearance for Linfield on May 4, 1927 scoring 3 times in a 4-0 win in Tommy Frame's benefit game.
Joe signed for Linfield on May 25, 1927
He made his Linfield debut, scoring twice in a 6-1 win against Glentoran on August 20, 1927.
Linfield - 1927/28 - 66 goals
Linfield -1928/29 - 71 goals
(plus 3 goals for Ireland and 2 goals for the Irish League)
Linfield - 1929/30 - 84 goals
(plus 6 goals for Ireland and 5 goals for the Irish League)
Linfield - 1930/31 - 85 goals
(plus 2 goals for the Irish League)
Linfield - 1931/32 - 34 goals
(injury struck in December) - (plus 1 goal for Ireland)
Linfield - 1932/33 - 75 goals
Linfield - 1933/34 - 74 goals
Linfield -1934/35 - 31 goals
Joe scored 2 goals in a 4-0 home win against Bangor on December 22, 1934
Joe signed for Chelsea on December 24, 1934 in a £2500 transfer deal.
He then made his Chelsea debut on Christmas Day 1934 in a 2-0 home win v Aston Villa
He scored his first Chelsea goal on Boxing Day 1934 in a 3-0 away win v Aston Villa.
He scored 4 goals in a 7-1 home win v Leeds on March 16, 1935
He scored 4 goals in a 4-2 home win v Man City on April 27, 1935
He scored a hat trick in a 3-5 home defeat by Stoke on September 4, 1935
He scored in Chelsea's 1-1 home draw with Arsenal in front of Chelsea's record attendance of 82,905 on October 12, 1935.
He scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 FA Cup win v Norwich on January 15, 1936
His final Chelsea goal was in a 2-1 home win v Brentford on October 23, 1937 with his final appearance in a home 0-0 draw with Bolton on March 12, 1938
Chelsea - 1934/35 - 16 goals
(plus 1 goal for Ireland)
Chelsea - 1935/36 - 19 goals
Chelsea - 1936/37 - 2 goals
Chelsea - 1937/38 - 1 goal
(plus 1 goal for Ireland)
Joe signed for Walsall in July 1938
Walsall - 1938/39 - 15 goals
Rejoined Linfield on outbreak of War but didn't play until 1942/43 season
Linfield - 1942/43 - 2 goals in 4 appearances as follows
March 3, 1943 - scored once in 4-1 Co. Antrim Shield first round win v Victoria Works
April 27, 1943 - played in 2-1 defeat by Bohemians in Condor Cup
Final Linfield goal was in a 4-2 home defeat by Shamrock Rovers in the North South cup on May 8, 1943
Final Linfield appearance was in a 2-2 drawn Co. Antrim Shield final against Belfast Celtic at Solitude on May 13, 1943
In addition he played the following friendly games in that final 1942/43 season
February 20, 1943 - scored once in 7-2 win v Larne
February 27, 1943 - scored twice in 4-4 away draw against Shelbourne
April 28, 1943 - scored 4 in 5-4 Testimonial game win v Glentoran
Glentoran - 49
Linfield - 522 in 357 appearances
Chelsea - 38 in 66 appearances
Walsall - 15
Ireland - 12 in 11 appearances
Irish League - 9 in 12 appearances
Goals Total - 645
Joe Bambrick was a player for the big occasion and he played a significant role in contributing to the following Cup Final winning Linfield teams.
Joe's Cup final winning record
Gold cup - scored a hat trick in 3-2 win v Belfast Celtic at Grosvenor Park on March 21, 1928
Co Antrim Shield - scored twice in 4-2 replay win v Ards at Solitude on May 2, 1928
Charity cup - scored once in 4-0 win v Belfast Celtic at Solitude on May 19, 1928
Gold Cup - played in 3-1 win v Ards at the Oval on March 18, 1929
Co Antrim Shield - scored once in 2-1 win v Broadway United at Grosvenor Park on April 10, 1929
Irish Cup - scored 4 in 4-3 win v Ballymena at Celtic Park on March 29, 1930
Co. Antrim Shield - scored hat trick in 3-1 win against Glentoran at Solitude on April 9, 1930
Charity Cup - scored both goals in 2-0 win against Belfast Celtic at Solitude on May 17, 1930
Co. Antrim Shield - scored once in 5-1 win v Belfast Celtic at the Oval on April 20, 1932
Co. Antrim Shield - scored once in 3-1 replay win v Belfast Celtic at Solitude on May 8, 1933
Charity cup - scored twice in 3-0 win v Distillery at Solitude on May 20, 1933
Irish Cup - scored once in 5-0 win v Cliftonville at the Oval on April 14, 1934
Co. Antrim Shield - scored a hat trick in 7-1 win v Ards at Grosvenor Park on April 30, 1934
Charity Cup - scored twice in 4-0 win v Distillery At Solitude on May 19, 1934
Joe's 12 goals for Ireland
One in 2-1 defeat by England in Liverpool on 22/10/28
2 in 3-7 defeat by Scotland in Belfast on 23/2/29
6 in 7-0 win v Wales At Celtic Park on 1/2/30
One in 4-0 win v Wales in Belfast on 5/12/31
One in 3-1 defeat by Wales in Wrexham on 27/3/35
One in 1-0 win v Wales in Belfast on 16/3/38
The great Joe Bambrick passed away on October 13, 1983.
One of the main sources for a lot of the details in this article was the handwritten personal records of the former chairman, the late David Crawford.