This local born forward celebrates his 65th birthday today, 25th May. Born Tipton in 1951 Joe Mayo started his football career at 1974-06.08-Joe Mayo-Sporting Pics UK LtdDudley Town before joining Walsall in September 1972. Joe signed for the Albion in February 1973 for £17,000. He made 90 appearances including half a dozen as a substitute scoring 20 goals.

Joe made his debut versus Hull in September 1973 coming on as a sub. The “Big Man” was part of the successful promotion side season 1975-76.

He left in March 1977 as part of the deal that brought Laurie Cunningham to the Hawthorns from Leyton Orient.

1975-01.02-Joe Mayo header-v-Southampton4 years at Orient saw Joe appear in the FA Cup Semi Final, unfortunately that year both Albion & Orient lost. A move to Cambridge for £100,000 in September 1981 was followed by a stint in Hong Kong in the summer of 1983. Joe moved to North Wales and eventually became the owner of the Plas Isa Hotel in Criccieth, which he sold onto his good friend Ian Edwards. Joe then went into the Tobacco Industry and moved back to the North Midlands area. Joseph retired a few years ago and is a great supporter of the Association, seen regularly at games, our golf & agm days. A keen follower of the horse racing, Joe loves nothing more than a days fishing or golf in his retirement.

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