Joseph Bulcock

Born: Burnley, 1880

Died: France, 20 April 1918

Burnley career:

0 appearances,

0 goal

Position: Defender

Versatile defender Joe Bulcock is believed to have been spotted playing junior football in his home town by Aston Villa and former Burnley legend James Crabtree. He failed to progress beyond the reserves at Villa Park and returned north to play amateur football, which included a short spell with Burnley reserves.

He became a professional with Bury in 1906 and played a handful of games in Division One, then joined Macclesfield before moving to Southern League Exeter City in 1908. After just one season, in 1909 he was transferred to Crystal Palace, also of the Southern League, where he made more than 130 appearances over the following five years. In April 1910 he was chosen to represent the Southern League in a challenge match with the Football League at Stamford Bridge and later that year he was selected in an FA party to tour South Africa.

In 1914 he moved to Swansea Town, again in the Southern League, and in 1915 was a member of the Swans side which defeated League Champions Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup.

Later that year Joe Bulcock enlisted in the Welsh Regiment and was posted to France.

Private Joseph Bulcock
9th Battalion Welsh Regiment
Died of wounds France, 20 April 1918, aged 39
Buried in Bandaghem Military Cemetery, Belgium

His war is over, his sun is set, 
But those who loved him, will never forget. 

Acknowledgements and thanks for additional research are due to the following: 
Ray Simpson,
Peter Briggs, 
Mike Smith,