Joy, Brian

Birth Date

26th February 1951





Biographical Text

Brian Joy had the best spell of his career whilst with Exeter City, however, he had originally been an apprentice with Coventry City, playing in the 1967-68 FA Youth Cup Final for them, losing 3-2 on aggregate to Burnley.

He was given his first full professional contract by Blackburn Rovers in August 1968, but had to wait for his league debut until moving to Torquay United in August 1969, where he played 27 games.

A year later he had signed for Tranmere Rovers netting his first senior goal in 21 starts. Unfortunately Brian sustained a leg injury in a car crash and it kept him out of action for 18 months.

His next move took him to Doncaster Rovers in July 1972, where added a further 34 league outings and one goal.

It was from Doncaster that he moved to Exeter City in July 1973. He made his City debut as a substitute in a 1-0 win at Brentford in September 1973 and was in and out of the side thereafter. However, he really established himself as a regular first team player in 1974-75, missing just one league match, also scoring his first goals for the club, both against Newport County. Although he started off in the side again for the 1975-76 season, he could only add a further 15 league appearances to his tally, and asked to be placed on the transfer list in October 1975.
He then signed for San Diego Jaws in the USA in March 1976. Returning to England in September 1976, he spent one season with York City, playing in 18 league matches. He returned to play in the USA with Las Vegas Quicksilver, (photos with Pele and Eusebio)  he spent the 1977-78 season with Macclesfield Town, then returning to the North American Soccer League with San Diego Sockers.

After a spell on the sidelines with a kneecap injury, he resumed playing for Cleveland Cobras, then on to San Francisco Fog in the Major Indoor Soccer League for 1980-81.

Brian returned in 1983 to live in Edinburgh where he became a successful businessman, he was still living there in 2020, returning to Devon to play in the Legends golf tournament in 2018, 19 and 20.

He is the father of Ian who had a trial for City in 1999.



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Brian Joy:

I think the information on my Wikipedia page is incorrect as I think I played 115 first team games for Exeter City before I left for the USA 



Paul Farley:

Hi Brian,

Thank you for the information, we will check, our info,

Do you have a better quality photo of yourself at Exeter?

Paul Farley:

Hi Brian,

You can contact us via

or contact us via the club reception e-mail

Best wishes


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