|Micky Joyce by SHS |
A local lad, Micky Joyce came into prominence seemingly from nowhere. He made his debut against Warrington in November 1940 at Wilderspool and Saints somewhat surprisingly ground out a 2-0 victory. The headlines in the St. Helens Newspaper were as follows: ‘Warrington pegged back by two points; Saints’ tenacious drive to win. Trying out Micky Joyce – Stott and Pierce impress’.
The crowd was under 500 and takings amounted to less than £20. Recorder in the paper was, however, full of praise for Joyce: “Micky Joyce may never be a top winger. He may never gain a regular place in the first team but in this match, at least, he showed he had ideas, ability in him and beat men with the ball and something more than mere courage – pure simple guts”.
Fast forward to April 1942 and Joyce is once again on the flanks for the first round second leg Challenge Cup tie against Featherstone Rovers at Knowsley Road. “Joyce is a dashing newcomer [sic] on the wing”, wrote Premier in the local press, but clearly something had irked this famous correspondent! Poor old Micky received some venerable advice: “No player should ever turn the palms of his hands outwards when taking a pass. If you can see the backs of your hands when you are taking the ball you are holding your hands the wrong way. Saints’ players repeatedly turn the palms outwards and knock on inevitably”. So there!
In 1939 he was living in Doulton Street, St Helens and working as a Glass Machinist. There is no record as to Micky’s progress after the war and it may well be that he went abroad when hostilities had ceased. Can anyone confirm this? If so, we would like to hear from you.