Joe Davis was born in Glasgow on May 22nd 1941, brought up in the Pollokshaws area of the town Joe attended Sir John Maxwell primary school and then Shawlands Academy. He served his time as a marine engineer in John Rowans Govan Yard, while also playing as a left back for Shettleston Juniors.
While at Shettleston Joe met his wife Rose, she was working in the Pie stall, Joe was there as a customer as he wasn’t playing that day. They were later married and enjoyed almost 53 years together, they had a son Gary and 2 daughters Kirsty and Pam.
Joe signed professional terms with Third Lanark, he made his debut in a Scottish Cup ties in a 6-1 win against Inverness Caledonian on the 17th February 1962. He would play in more than 80 games in 2 years. The highlight was winning the Glasgow cup beating Celtic 2-1 in the final, the first time since 1909. It would be the last trophy won by Third Lanark.
His fine displays were attracting the attention of some big clubs, among his admirers were Jock Stein. Jock stepped in and signed him for Hibernian in November 1964, The fee £7,000. Joe didn’t have the best start, after making his debut for Hibs against his old club he suffered appendicitis and missed the next 3 games.
Joe scoring a penalty for Hibs. https://twitter.com/hibernianfc/status/998869614586159106
Jock Stein’s resignation was a major shock in early 1965, but under his successor Bob Shankly Hibs played some top teams in Europe. They beat Valencia in the 1st leg of the Fairs Cup but lost the away tie. Up next were wins over Porto, Napoli amongst others. Napoli won the 1st leg 4-1 in Naples and against the odds Hibs recorded an unforgettable 5-0 win at Easter Road in the 2nd Leg.
Joe was given a free transfer and played his last game for Hibs against Ayr United in August 1969 and shortly after made the short journey south of the border joining Carlisle United. Signed by Bob Stokoe United were in the old English 2nd Division.
Joe would play all 42 league matches, again this was underlining how consistent his performances were. Carlisle finished a creditable fourth place. After playing more than 80 games for United. Joe retired in 1972 and returned home.
Joe retired to Fenwick, East Ayrshire where he took up a hotel manager’s position. The hotel was owned by a company run by former footballers Joe McBride and Billy McNeil. He was well known in the local community. A keen golfer and former captain at Loudoun Gowf club as well as president of Fenwick farmers society and Fenwick Bowling Club.
Joe Davis died on August 5th 2016, he was cremated at Holmsford Bridge Crematorium in Fenwick.
Joseph Davis, Master Mason, Saint Mark’s Lodge at Glasgow No.102
Initiated 20th May 1966
Passed 2nd September 1966
Raised 16th September 1966