LUKE JOYCE CAREER TIMELINE

1993
Luke starts to play for Hindsford Juniors FC at the age of 6 and at the age of 9 joins Bolton Wanderers Centre of Excellence.
1993
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June 1997
Luke is released from Bolton Wanderers Centre of Excellence at the age of 10, as a Bolton fan this was devastating news for Luke and a big knock to his confidence.
June 1997
July 1997 – May 2003
Luke spent this time playing grassroots football for Hindsford Juniors FC, this was a fantastic time for Luke’s development playing with friends and enjoying his football. Luke was fortunate to play in a very successful team winning many leagues over the years including the Manchester, Bolton and Wigan Leagues. Luke also had the honour of captaining Hindsford and the Bolton inter-league team to the Lancashire Cup in the same season.
July 1997 – May 2003
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May 2003
After impressing scouts whilst captaining Wigan Town team and after a successful trial period signs for Wigan Athletic Under 15s and secures a 3 year YTS contract with Wigan Athletic.
May 2003
January 17th 2006
This is huge day for Luke as he makes his professional debut for Wigan Athletic live on Sky Sports versus Leeds United at Elland Road in a FA Cup 3rd round replay. The match ended 3-3 after extra time with Wigan winning the penalty shoot-out. This marked Luke’s first ever professional appearance and achieve something he had dreamt of since he was a child.
January 17th 2006
February 11th 2006
Wigan Athletic v Liverpool in the Premier League sees Luke as an unused substitute in a game which featured Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Morientes and Robbie Fowler.
February 11th 2006
February 14th 2006
Luke is informed by manager Paul Jewell that his contract will not be extended at Wigan which meant he would be released at the end of the season, this came as a huge shock to Luke after being on such a high from making his professional debut only 3 weeks earlier and being on the bench against Liverpool only 3 days earlier.

Not to feel sorry for himself Luke goes to train with then Championship side Burnley to try and earn a contract, however they do not offer Luke a contract.
February 14th 2006
23rd March 2006
Luke signs for Carlisle United FC after impressing manager Paul Simpson. Luke played in two reserves games winning 6-0 versus Rochdale and 5-2 versus Wrexham and signs an 18-month contract. Carlisle eventually go onto win League 2 and are promoted to League 1.
23rd March 2006
3rd September 2006
Luke makes his Carlisle and Football League debut coming on as a 85th minute substitute in a 2-0 victory versus Cheltenham Town. Unbeknown to Luke this would be the first League appearance of many.
3rd September 2006
10th February 2007
Almost 12 months to the day that Luke was told he was being released from Wigan Athletic he made his first professional Football League start for Carlisle in a 4-1 defeat to Yeovil. After a disappointing result Luke was voted Man of the Match on a very proud day for him and his family.
10th February 2007
24th March 2007
First senior professional goal for Luke came courtesy of a well placed header in a 5-0 victory against Gillingham.
24th March 2007
7th April 2007
It’s the first red card of Luke’s career after collecting 2 yellow cards in a 2-0 victory at Port Vale, Luke was gutted to be sent off which would mean he is suspended for the next match.
7th April 2007
5th January 2008
This was the highlight of Luke’s second full season at Carlisle, losing 2-0 at half time in a home match versus Port Vale Luke was brought on as a substitute. He made an immediate impact scoring after 5 minutes then setting up the 2nd goal and helping Carlisle eventually win 3-2. However Luke only went on to make 2 more appearances that season.
5th January 2008
28th November 2008
After a promising start to the season which saw Luke make 9 appearances in 2 months a change in manager saw Luke lose his place in the team. Not content with watching from the side line Luke joined National League Barrow on loan and after one training sessions Luke played in a historic win for the club which saw them beat League 2 Brentford 2-1 in the FA Cup 2nd round and draw Premier League team Middlesbrough away in the 3rd round.
28th November 2008
3rd January 2009
Luke plays in Barrows 2-1 FA Cup defeat against Premier League Middlesbrough, 4 leagues separated the teams but only 1 goal on the day. 7000 Barrow fans made the journey for this historic game. Another fantastic experience for Luke playing against a Premier League club and international players. After this game Luke returned to Carlisle to try and force his way into the new managers plans which he was unable to do.
3rd January 2009
14th March 2009
Luke joins National League side Northwich Victoria and finishes the season playing 12 games and scoring 2 goals. This was another learning curve for Luke playing first team football week in week out. After spending the majority of the season away from Carlisle Luke is released at the end of the season and is now faced with finding a new club.
14th March 2009
25th June 2009
Luke signs for League 2 club Accrington Stanley – this move came about after Accrington’s management team watched Luke playing for Northwich and shows that Luke’s desire to play first team football and not be happy to sit and watch from the stands at Carlisle had played its part in his progression.
25th June 2009
8th August 2009
Luke makes his football league debut for Accrington in a 2-1 defeat at Rotherham United. This was a big season for Luke’s development as he made 50 appearances in his first season.
8th August 2009
2010/11 Season
This started frustratingly for Luke as he found himself in and out of the Accrington team and only making 11 appearances in the first half of the season, Luke was very close to making a loan move away in order to find first team football.

Through determination and hard work Luke forced his way back into the Accrington starting 11 and started in a 2-0 defeat away at Rotherham on 15th February, he then went on to start every one of the last 18 league games which saw Accrington win 11, draw 5 and lose just 2 games in a run that lifted them from bottom half of the table to a record high position of 5th in the league.
However, the season finished in a disappointing play off semi-final defeat to eventual promoted side Stevenage.
2010/11 Season
2011/12 Season
Luke made 47 appearances this season for Accrington in a season which the club finish mid-table and saw the manager which signed him John Coleman leave to take over the managerial position at League 1 Rochdale.
Paul Cook took over as Accrington’s manager and appointed Luke as captain of the club, John Coleman made a bid to sign Luke for Rochdale which Accrington declined.
This season also marked Luke’s 100th appearance for Accrington.
2011/12 Season
2012/13 Season
This was another season of managerial change for Luke and Accrington as Paul Cook left to take over at Chesterfield which saw Leam Richardson then took over as player/manager, Luke went on to make 48 appearances in that season. Accrington finished the season in 18th place.
2012/13 Season
2013/14 Season
Yet another managerial change at Accrington which saw England international James Beattie make the transition from Accrington player to manager, Luke made 49 appearances and finished 15th in League 2. This season also marked Luke’s 200th appearance for the club.
2013/14 Season
2014/15 Season
This would be Luke’s final season as an Accrington Stanley player making 50 appearances and finishing 17th in the league, Luke turned down Accrington’s offer of a new 3 year contract and instead resigned for Carlisle United who’s manager was Keith Curle.
This was a tough decision after spending 6 extremely enjoyable seasons at Accrington and being captain of the club.
2014/15 Season
2015/16 Season
Luke’s first season back at Carlisle saw him make 42 appearances and finishing 10th in the league.
Highlight of this season saw Carlisle play Liverpool at a sell-out Anfield in the 3rd round of the Capital One Cup. Carlisle very nearly pulled off a huge shock but lost out on penalties after the match finished 1-1 after extra time.
Luke unfortunately had his penalty saved in the shoot-out but learnt so much from playing against players like Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and James Milner.
2015/16 Season
2016/17 Season
After starting the season with a 21 match unbeaten run Carlisle went onto to finish 6th in the league and went on to play Exeter City in the play-off semi-finals.
Carlisle lost out to a last minute winner 6-5 on aggregate, this season overall was a very strong season personally for Luke which saw him make 55 appearances, win Sky Bet goal of the month, Carlisle Goal of the season and winner of most Man of the Match awards.
2016/17 Season
2017/18 Season
This turned out to be Luke’s last season at Carlisle after making 46 appearances and finishing 10th in the league.
Lukes second to last game for Carlisle was against Port Vale in a 2-1 victory, after an impressive performance and with Luke being out of contract Port Vale approached Luke about signing for them.
2017/18 Season
2018/19 Season
Lukes first season at Port Vale was a tough one personally and for the club which saw them finish 20th in the league and also a managerial change halfway through the season.
Luke received criticism from the Port Vale fans after some poor results and found it tough to settle into the club that was experiencing turbulent times.
2018/19 Season
2019/20 Season
This turned out to be the total opposite as the previous season for Luke and for Port Vale, under new ownership the club moved forward on and off the pitch.
In a season that finished prematurely due to Covid-19, Port Vale finished the season in 8th place and 1 point outside the League 2 play offs.
Luke played started every league match apart from 1 which was Port Vales only home league defeat of the season.
Highlights of this season were the 3rd round FA Cup fixture against Manchester City at the Etihad stadium in front of over 52,000 fans.
Luke made the most league appearances in the last decade.
Luke was also voted Players Player of the season, a far contrast from Luke’s first season and on 17th September 2019 in a fixture away at Exeter Luke made his 500th professional appearance.
2019/20 Season