Newcastle born full back Joe Blackett started in north east junior football with Jubilee Rovers, Gateshead NER and Willington Athletic before joining hometown professional club Newcastle United in October 1895 and spending a season on their books without playing for their first eleven. He joined Second Division Loughborough in June 1896 making his Football League debut against Grimsby Town that September playing as a forward and scoring 8 goals in 22 appearances during his single season there. He moved to First Division Wolverhampton Wanderers in May 1897 and was a regular in their team for 3 seasons scoring 12 goals in 103 appearances before joining Derby County in April 1900. He scored once in 17 games for The Rams before a return to the north east with Sunderland exactly a year later, where he failed to make the first team before joining Middlesbrough in October 1901. In his first season at Ayresome Park they won promotion to the First Division as Second Division runners up and during his 4 seasons there he scored 4 penalties in 84 appearances, before joining Southern League Luton Town in 1905, playing a single season for The Hatters. He joined Leicester Fosse in June 1906 playing 81 times for The Foxes before joining Rochdale in 1909. He finished his career at Barrow, whom he joined in 1912 already aged 37.