Shortt Joe Image 1 Airdrieonians 1922

Shortt Joe Image 1 Airdrieonians 1922


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A goalkeeper, Joe Shortt began his football career with Shettleston, whose other clubs were Albion Rovers, Armadale, Airdrieonians, Rochdale, Stenhousemuir, King’s Park (now Stirling Albion), Clydebank Juniors & Parkhead. The exact dates and details of his playing career are unknown.

He was Albion Rovers’ goalkeeper when, although they finished bottom of the League that season, the club also enjoyed possibly their finest hour when they defeated Rangers in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup, before losing 3-2 to Kilmarnock in the Final in front of 95,000 spectators at Hampden Park. Local folklore has it that Shortt had to be bailed out of police custody on the morning of the Final and that his subsequent performance at Hampden had been affected by the lingering effects of his alcohol consumption the night before!! He was noted as an excellent penalty taker. Many years after his retirement from the game the Motherwell Times recalled: “Joe Shortt was an absolute “pinch bet” from the twelve yards mark”.

While at Stenhousemuir, he reported to the League that he had been offered £50 by the representatives of a bookmaker from Glasgow to play poorly in a match against Broxburn United.


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