Coleburne, Joseph

Birth Date

1st January 1970





Biographical Text

Joe was born in Tyldesley in 1893.

Joe Coleburne actually had two spells with Exeter City, the first beginning in 1919. He played in the Grecians’ very first season in Third Division football, having been signed from Lancashire side, Atherton.
He made his Football League debut for City in the opening day 3-0 home win over Brentford and went on to feature in 30 matches.
He was married on the morning of 12th February 1921 and then in the afternoon played for Exeter against Grimsby Town. The City directors presented him with a ‘small cheque to mark his bravery in getting married!’

However, at the end of the 1920-21 season Coleburne decided to leave Exeter and he signed for Swindon Town, where he stayed for a further two seasons, before returning to St James’ Park in time for the 1923-24 season. He again quickly established himself in the City first team and only missed three matches, as well as notching his first goals for the Grecians, the first of three coming, ironically, against Brentford (the team he had made his debut against) at the Park, in April 1924 The following season, he was to only feature in a handful of games and by the summer of 1925 he had moved on, but no too far, signing for Taunton.

After the short spell at Taunton, Joe became a publican, and he was landlord of the Hour Glass Inn in Exeter for 24 years.
During World War 2 he was head warden in the City and soon after the war ended he retired.

In March 1958, Coleburne was appointed as a west country based scout for Exeter City.

He was living at 6 Hamlin Lane, Exeter when after  illness he passed away March 1979, he always took an interest in City results, despite being blind for the last 18 months of his life.
He left a widow and three married daughters.






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This is my Great Grandfather 

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