Born: Barnsley, 9 June 1936; Died: Wolverhampton, 29 November 1991.
Career: Wath Wanderers Aug 51, WOLVES professional Jne 52, Cardiff City Nov 57, Scunthorpe United Jne 60, Doncaster Rovers Feb 62, Newport County Jne 62, Brentford Jne 64, Lincoln City Jan 66, Hednesford Town.
Joe came to prominence in the 1953/54 season when in the Birmingham & District League hit a remarkable 45 goals in just 29 appearances. He started of the League campaign that season with 18 goals in his first seven appearances and in total hit six hat-tricks the best of which were a double hat-trick against Halesowen and a five-timer against Boldmere St Michael. The juniors won the title that season scoring an amazing 158 goals. In the FA Youth Cup he netted a staggering 15 goals in just nine FA Youth Cup ties. He hit 12 goals in his first three appearances which included three against Stoke City, five against Derby County and four against Spalding. He helped the side in the final but only picked up a runners-up medal despite netting in the first leg at Manchester United. For the Reserves he netted 26 goals in 49 appearances and made netted a brace on his debut at home to Aston Villa and in 1957/58 he helped the club lift the Central League title with three goals in seven appearances. Joe made his First Team bow at Sunderland on New Year’s day 1957 and registered his first goals four days later with a brace against Swansea City in the FA Cup. He totaled five goals in 12 First Team appearances before being sold to Cardiff City. He went on to make 85 starts for the ‘Bluebirds’ netted 41 goals and won a Welsh Cup winners medal in 1959. In 1960 he signed for Second Division Scunthorpe United and registered just 15 goals in 56 appearances despite netting a hat-trick against Blackpool in the FA Cup. In 1962 he joined Yorkshire club Doncaster Rovers and in his brief time their scored four goals in 14 appearances before returning to South Wales with Newport County. He against hit the scoring trail at Somerton Park and hit 54 goals in just 93 appearances. He helped the club to the Welsh Cup final in 1963 only for the ‘Ironsiders’ to be beaten by Welsh League North side Borough United. After helping County to the semi-final twelve months later Bonson signed for Brentford in 1964 and hit 24 goals in 43 appearances and his final League club Lincoln City in 1966. Before signing for Hednesford Town in 1967 he made 51 appearances and scored 19 goals and registered his last senior hat-trick against Southport at Sincil Bank on 8 April 1966. Joe made 283 Football League appearances and registered 139 goals.
Debut: Sunderland (a) 1/1/57.
Debut: Aston Villa (H) 16/9/53, scored 1.
Hat-trick v Barnsley (H) 15/12/56.