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Joe Blake

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John Joseph Blake (1882 – 23 February 1931) was an English footballer who played as an outside-forward for Southampton in the early part of the twentieth century. Football career Blake was born in Belchamp Walter, near Sudbury and played his youth football with the Church of England Young Men's Society before moving to London to train as a draughtsman. Whilst in London he played as an amateur for Ilford and Tottenham Hotspur (in their Western League side). He then took up employment in Cowes on the Isle of Wight and turned out for the local team, from where he was invited to make the occasional guest appearance for Southampton reserves in 1905. Following a move to the Thornycroft shipyard in Woolston he was able to play for the "Saints" on a more regular basis, and on 6 October 1906, he was called into the first-team for a Southern League match against Millwall. Playing at outside-right, Blake scored in a 5–1 victory, but that was his on
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