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Joseph Peter "Joe" Lewis (born 6 October 1987) is an Englishmarker footballer who plays for Peterborough United as a goalkeeper, having made a £400,000 transfer from Norwich City on 8 January 2008.

Club career

Born in Broomemarker, Norfolk, Lewis had been involved with Norwich City from the age of eight when he was spotted by Colin Watts, the club’s youth recruitment officer. In August 2003 he agreed to join Norwich as a scholar at the culmination of his studies at Bungay High School in the summer of 2004.However, before he had completed his studies and at the age of just 15 years and 356 days old, he experienced life with the first team squad when a knee injury to Paul Crichton saw Lewis handed a place on the bench for the 2-1 home victory over Crystal Palace on 27 September 2003. He maintained his place on the bench for the next six games until Crichton returned to fitness at the beginning of November.

The 2004–05 season saw Lewis begin as a full-time scholar though this period was short as in October he signed a three-year contract to become a professional. That season saw Lewis have an insight into life in the Premier League as he was named on the bench for the 2-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur on 26 December 2004. His second professional season, 2005–06, saw him sit on Norwich's bench for the final four games. At the culmination of the season, the then manager Nigel Worthington considered the possibility of sending Lewis out on loan for the 2006–07 season in order to enable him to gain first-team experience. However, the sale of Robert Green to West Ham United meant that Lewis became second-choice goalkeeper at Carrow Roadmarker before a fractured cheekbone sustained in a reserve team game against Leyton Orient prompted the loan signing of Lee Camp. On 15 November, Lewis played for Bury reserves against Blackpool with a view to signing on loan but no move materialised.

Lewis finally had an opportunity of first team football when he joined Stockport County in March 2007 for the remainder of the 2006–07 season, playing five games and keeping three clean sheets. He was rewarded with a three-year deal at Norwich, in May 2007.

On 31 July 2007, Lewis joined Morecambe on loan until 31 December 2007 to gain more first-team experience. He was also named for the first time to the England Under-21 squad on 30 August.

Following his return from loan at Morecambe, Lewis was subject to a £400,000 bid from Peterborough United. Norwich accepted the bid, and the player completed the transfer on 8 January 2008 and gained promotion with the club.

On 13 April 2009, Lewis was made to face a penalty three times against Millwall in an unusual refereeing decision. After David Martin for Millwall was tripped and a penalty awarded against Peterborough, Lewis was judged by the Assistant Referee to have moved off his line before the ball had been struck by Gary Alexander not once, but twice. On both occasions Lewis saved the penalty. At the third attempt, Millwall replaced the unsuccessful Alexander with David Martin, who scored and this time the penalty stood. Speaking on Sky Sports News after the event, ex-referee Dermot Gallagher commented that whilst the Assistant was consistently working to the letter of the law, his decisions were harsh.

International career

Lewis made his debut for the England under-21s on 15 May 2008, in a friendly against Wales. He replaced Joe Hart at half time and carried through a clean sheet, in a game that saw England win 2–0.

In May 2008, he received a surprise call-up to the senior England squad, for the friendlies against Trinidad and Tobago and the United States although Lewis was an unused substitute for both of these games.

On 18 August, he started and played for the under-21 England side at Hull City's KC Stadiummarker.

He made his third appearance for the under-21s in a friendly against the Czech Republic only to come off with an ankle injury after 33 minutes. He came on from the bench on the game against Azerbaijan coming on for Lee Cattermole as an outfield player.

Honours

Promotions



References

  1. Lewis handed surprise England call
  2. England U21 7-0 Azerbaijan U21


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