Player name in full: Charles Joseph John Hart
To/from dates: 2006 – 2018
Number of appearances: 348
Goals scored: 0
Biography and City Career:
Joe Hart was born on 19th April 1987 in Shrewsbury. He began his football career in 2003, playing for his home club Shrewsbury Town in the National League and EFL League Two.
The England international has a place in City’s history books, having made 348 appearances during his 12 years of service at the club. Hart joined the Blues in 2006 from Shrewsbury for a fee of only £600,000. Joe made his City debut, with a clean sheet in 2006 against Sheffield United, aged only 19. That same season he had month-long loan spells with Blackpool and Tranmere, before returning to City to challenge Andreas Isaksson and Kasper Schmeichel for the No.1 jersey at the Etihad.
In 2009 Shay Given was first choice goalkeeper and Hart was loaned to Birmingham City for the 2009/10 season. Roberto Mancini was eager to get the keeper to return as his No.1, but due to the rules of a previous loan deal, this meant he could not recall Joe earlier than agreed, even though there was a keeper crisis for the final weeks of the season. Joe Hart returned for the 2010/11 season and played a vital role for the club as they secured Champions League qualification for the first time and won the FA Cup to end a 35-year wait for silverware.
Hart won four Golden Glove awards for most Premier League clean sheets with City and his last official game for the Blues was in 2016, another clean sheet against Steaua Bucharest in a Champions League qualifying match at the Etihad.
One of Joe’s most memorable moments wearing a City jersey has to be in 2015, when the Blues were away to Barcelona. With the Blues 2-1 down, Messi lined up the spot-kick, but Hart guessed correctly to keep out the penalty, and watched as Messi threw himself at the rebound, only to head wide.
International Career: In June 2008 he won his first full England cap in a 2-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago. Shortly after, Hart was recognised as the nation’s No.1 and was capped by England 75 times during his International career.
He joined Torino on a season-long loan in 2016 and would spend the 2017/18 season on loan with West Ham United. In August 2018 he signed a permanent contract with Burnley FC, ending his 12-year association with Manchester City.