Brownhills, Staffordshire born winger (he could play both sides) Joe Dorsett began his football career with Brownhills Albion from where he signed for Second Division club West Bromwich Albion, making his Football League debut against Leeds City in October 1908. However his opportunities were limited at Albion who had the likes of Freddie Buck, and after 18 games and 3 goals for The Baggies he joined Manchester City in May 1910 to link up with his elder brother George, soon establishing himself as a regular performer and playing for them both sides of First World War, albeit he only played 8 more games for them after the War, all coming in the second half of the 1919-20 season.
During the First World War, Dorsett joined the British Army but also played seven wartime games for City, scoring on three occasions. On 2nd November 1916 he featured in a fundraising match played between sides from Lancashire and Yorkshire held at Hyde Road while serving with The Royal Engineers in France and Belgium.
In the summer of 1920, he moved to Southend United after 17 goals in 138 games in light blue, and had a full season with The Shrimpers, playing in their inaugural Football League fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion, and scoring 5 goals in 37 appearances. He then moved to Millwall in the summer of 1921 and spent a further two seasons at The Den, scoring once in 61 appearances before retiring at the age of 35.
His older brother was George Dorsett who also played for West Brom and Manchester City, his nephew Dicky Dorsett who played for Wolves and Aston Villa both sides of the Second World War, another nephew was Ted Sagar, the Everton & England goalkeeper.