Portrait of Joe Hewitt


October 7, 1905
Some players there are who appear fated to undergo a sort of nomadic existence in a team, and it must be admitted that a footballer who can adapt himself to more than one position is a decidedly useful acquisition to a club. Such a one is the subject of the present sketch.

Joe Hewitt was born at Chester, in 1881, so that he is still young enough to be able anticipate many more years of League football. When a lad, he played for the St. Paul’s school team, and thus early imbibed a fondness for the game. He assisted the Chester Boys against those of North Staffordshire, and helped his school to secure second place in the local League. At a later date he joined Newtown Rangers, a team comprised of Chester youth, and played inside left for this club three seasons. When the Chester and District League was formed he transferred his services to the Chester Locos, but after a year, returned to the Rangers, and aided them materially in winning the championship of that League 1900-1.

He was recommended to the Sunderland Club by one of his Chester acquaintances, who was then resident at the Northern seaport, and played his opening League game with the Wearsiders against the Rovers as inside right. He was drafted the following week to the inside left position, and was frequently changed about afterwards, for at different times he operated in every place in the forward line, except centre. Twice also he was tried at left half back in League matches, so that during his two and a half year’s stay at Sunderland he enjoyed a varied experience. The first year he was with the Wearsiders they won the League championship, and Hewitt possesses a splendid medal commemorating that feat.

His services were also of value to the Reserve team, who, while he was with them, won the Durham Cup, Northern Alliance, and Tyneside Alliance, for all of which Hewitt obtained mementos in the shape of medals. He was top scorer for the Sunderland League team in 1902-3, with 12 goals to his credit, and that year Sunderland beat the Corinthians in the Sheriff of London Shield Competition by 3-0. Hewitt also secured a medal for that performance.

He came to Liverpool in February, 1904, and on the 13th of that month played his first League game with the Anfielders against Stoke, when no goals were scored. Inside left was the position occupied, and he remained there until the close of the season, taking part in nine League matches. His first goal for Liverpool was scored on March 12th against Sheffield United, at Anfield. This was the only point he gained that season.

Last year he did not figure very frequently in the premier team, but on ten occasions he was seen with them, and played three times on the extreme right, once at outside left, and six times inside left. He obtained the equalising goal against Glossop on the first Saturday of the season, and thus enabled Liverpool to avoid a defeat at home, which would have been utterly humiliating at that stage.

He stands 5ft 8½in., and weighs 11st. 7lb. Football alone is the pastime which occupies his attention, and he should do well in it. Although he has played centre forward this season, this is not his favourite post. One of the outside positions, either forward or half back, would be more suitable to his abilities, and the opportunity of displaying his worth in these directions may even yet arise. At present he is proving a useful rover in the Anfield ranks, and deserves every credit for his efforts to fill the vacancy unfortunately created by the injury to Parkinson. Such a deserving, unassuming, and unselfish footballer should become a prominent personality in the game.
(Source: Joint Everton & Liverpool Programme: October 7, 1905)

Joe Hewitt

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