Norwich City top 100 appearances: Joe Hannah (5)

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:07 15 January 2020

Joe Hannah - a member of Norwich City's Hall of Fame. Picture: Archant

Joe Hannah - a member of Norwich City's Hall of Fame. Picture: Archant

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As we enter the final five in our list of top 100 Norwich City appearance makers, we look at a man who really felt the pain of defeat in a Canaries shirt...

Joe Hannah was a favourite amongst the Nest faithful during his time with the Canaries. Picture: ArchantJoe Hannah was a favourite amongst the Nest faithful during his time with the Canaries. Picture: Archant

Joe Hannah

427 appearances/22 goals

There is a story, legend perhaps, that Joe Hannah, so upset at one of his performances, walked home from Norwich to Sheringham as a form of self-punishment.

Now THAT is beyond the call of duty.

Action from the Nest in the 1930s. Picture: ArchantAction from the Nest in the 1930s. Picture: Archant

Hannah served with the Royal Engineers and played for hometown club Sheringham, where he scored 70 goals in one season alone. He followed his pal Chris Woodhouse to Norwich and was a regular for 11 seasons - although not always tasked with scoring goals. He also represented the South versus the North at Stamford Bridge in January 1925 and then played for the Rest of England at Maine Road the following month.

Hannah had to miss the end of Norwich City's 1924-25 campaign because he was taking part in a tour of Australia, representing the England FA - by this time City had converted him from a forward to a half back. He played in the final game of a three-Test series Down Under, bringing home a gold medal to commemorate the achievement.

Hannah's career might well have been over in 1934 after he sustained a bad knee injury at Highbury. However, he received treatment from a blind masseur at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and, nine months later, played a league game.

But his playing days were coming to an end: he was given two benefit matches by the club and then took up a new role nearby: in order to save money in the 1937-38 season the A team was scrapped and Bury Town were adopted as a nursery club. Hannah went to take control of the development and coaching.

He remained in the town during the second World War when he served in the Observer's Corps.

Hannah then became a steward at Sheringham's Morley Club, from 1946 to December 1959 before he moved to London. A mahogany mantle clock - presented to him by team-mates in 1927, was stolen from Sheringham Museum, where it was on loan, in 1996 but, quickly returned after being unwittingly sold on. Hannah's real name was James Henry - but he was always registered as Joe. Born in November 30, 1898, he died on February 1, 1975.


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