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Joseph E. Shaw (May 7, 1883 – September 1963) was an English football player and coach.

Born in Bury, Lancashire, Shaw first played at his home club, Bury, and then Accrington Stanley, helping the side win the Lancashire Combination. Shaw then moved south to London, joining Woolwich Arsenal in 1907.

He made his debut against Preston North End on September 28, 1907, and had soon become a regular in the Arsenal side; he was first-choice left back for the next seven seasons. Although the club had shown early promise since their promotion to the First Division in 1904, with two successive FA Cup semi-final appearances in the seasons before Shaw's arrival, they soon quickly faded. After a high of 6th place in 1908-09, Woolwich Arsenal soon found themselves in trouble, and were relegated in 1912-13.

Despite this, Shaw stayed with the club as it moved across London to Highbury, and was an ever-present in the final season (1914-15) before first-class football was suspended for World War I. He continued to play during unofficial wartime matches, and upon resumption of competitive football, was made Arsenal captain, succeeding the recently departed Percy Sands. By this time Arsenal were back in the First Division, and Shaw continued to play until the age of 38, in 1922; he had made his 300th first-class appearance against Newcastle United on April 23, 1921 (the third player in the club's history to do so, after Sands and Roddy McEachrane).

In all he played 326 matches for the club, although he never scored a goal. After retiring from playing, he became first a coach, and then manager of the Arsenal reserve side. After the unexpected death of Herbert Chapman in January 1934, Shaw became caretaker manager of the first team for the rest of the season; Shaw carried on Chapman's good work, as Arsenal won the 1934 League title, the third title in the club's history. After George Allison was appointed permanent first-team manager in the summer, Shaw went back to his post as reserves manager. He later became assistant manager to Tom Whittaker and also worked as a club ambassador. He retired from football in 1956, after 49 years' service for Arsenal. He died in 1963 at the age of 80.


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