Joe Martin (footballer)

Is Athlete 
Football player 
Association football player 
From United Kingdom 
Type Sports 
Birth 29 November 1988 
, Dagenham
Age31 years

Joseph John “Joe” Martin (born 29 November 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays for Millwall. He is a left-sided defender, who can also play as a midfielder. He represented England at under-16 and under-17 levels.

Club career

West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur Academies

Born in Dagenham, east London, Martin was at West Ham United’s Academy until 2005 when he moved to Tottenham Hotspur’s Academy. He signed his first professional contract with Spurs on 1 July 2007.

Loan move to Blackpool

On transfer deadline day, 27 March 2008, he signed for Blackpool on loan until the end of the 2007–08 season; however, a calf injury meant he did not make an immediate debut and he was an unused substitute in the Seasiders away match at Plymouth Argyle on 26 April.

Blackpool manager Simon Grayson gave Martin his debut in the final match of the 2007–08 season, at home to Watford on 4 May 2008, a match which the Seasiders had to avoid defeat to avoid relegation to League One. Blackpool drew the match 1–1, with Martin playing on the left wing. Martin returned to Spurs at the end of the season; however, on 13 May 2008, he confirmed that he wanted to return to Blackpool for the 2008–09 season, saying, “That last game against Watford was brilliant and something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.” And adding “To make your debut in a match like that, when there was a sell-out crowd and so much riding on the outcome, was terrific. The manager seemed pretty pleased with how I did and hopefully I can come back here next year and help the club stay up, if not better. It’s up to Tottenham whether I come back. They hold all the cards. But if there is a possibility of it happening then I would love to return to Blackpool. I am really glad that Blackpool stayed up because they are a brilliant club.” Later that month Martin was linked, along with his brother, David, with a season-long loan move to Blackpool.


On 1 July 2008, it was confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur had accepted a bid for Martin from Blackpool and that the player was discussing personal terms. On 2 July, he signed a two-year contract with an option for a further year with Blackpool for an undisclosed fee. “[Spurs] offered me a new deal, but I wasn’t really too keen on staying there. The first-team opportunities at White Hart Lane are limited and I want to get some experience and play regularly in the first team, so it was a bit of a no-brainer for me.” Blackpool manager Simon Grayson added: “I think Joe looked at the situation and probably realised he wasn’t going to be a first-team player there and the next best thing after that is Championship football. We are delighted to have got him and he’s delighted to be here.”

His first appearance for Blackpool since he signed permanently came on 12 August 2008 when he played in the Seasiders’ 2–0 defeat to Macclesfield Town in the League Cup first round at Moss Rose. He then suffered a hip injury and his first league appearance came over one month later when he was a 70th-minute substitute in a 2–0 league defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor on 16 September. However, a leg injury again curtailed his season and his next appearance was not to come for another month when he was a second-half substitute in a 3–2 league win over Derby County at Bloomfield Road.

After playing in two League Cup games, Martin made his first league appearance of the 2009–10 season as a 46th-minute substitute in the 1–2 defeat to Reading at the Madjeski Stadium on 21 November 2009. His first start in the league came on 9 January 2010, in a 1–1 draw with Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium.


On 30 June 2010 Martin was released by Blackpool manager Ian Holloway, he then spent several months on trial at Gillingham of League Two before being signed up. He made his Gillingham debut on 11 December 2010 in a 4–2 away win over Macclesfield Town. He played for the club for over five years, being an integral part of the side that won the 2012–13 Football League Two championship, with Joe earning a place in the PFA League Two Team of the Year, but was ultimately released at the end of the 2014–15 season after being deemed surplus to requirements.


On 23 June 2015 Martin joined League One club Millwall on a one-year contract.

Club career statistics

As of 27 March 2010
Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupTotal
EnglandLeagueFA CupLeague CupTotal
2007–08Blackpool (loan)Championship1010
Career total2101030250



  • Championship play-off final winner: 2009–10

International career

Martin played for England at under-16 and under-17 levels.

Personal life

Martin is the son of former West Ham United player Alvin Martin. His brother, David, is a goalkeeper at Milton Keynes Dons.