The move came on the back of some superb goals for us and then when the January transfer window arrived it was Happy Hour for the multitude of scouts arriving at Aggborough to see the phenomenon that had the footballing world wetting themselves.
Joe was first spotted by Steve Guinan when he he appeared for a Universities team in their version of the World Cup. He had already become something of a curio at a very low level following his exploits with a side local to Evesham, Littleton with whom he had bagged an incredible eighty eight goals in eighty three appearances. Guinan recommended him to Steve Burr and we gave him his big chance.
The self deprecating and modest young man took that chance firmly in his gloved hand (he feels the cold!) and turned in some truly game changing times for us. Non more so than his final game for us at Peterborough, on the eve of his departure, when he made one goal to give us the lead and then again soon after when he scored a cracker of a goal himself (does he ever score a different kind?) to seal the win for us and the chance to play Sunderland in the next round.
In emotional scenes at the final whistle the victorious team came over to us waiting and cheering fans. Joe was pushed to the front by his team mates, he took our applause, threw his shirt into the crowd. And was gone.
Good luck at Huddersfield Joe. It'll be bloody hard work for you there breaking into the side but we know you can do it lad.
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