Joe Bacuzzi



A stylish full-back, Joe Bacuzzi, whose parents hailed from Italy, signed for Fulham after a trial at Woolwich Arsenal.

After being handed his Fulham debut against Chesterfield in January, 1937, Bacuzzi made 70 appearances before the Second World War was declared in 1939.

He played 13 times for England in Wartime internationals (also starring in 104 games for Fulham) before being called up and seeing service in North Africa and Italy.

He was almost 40 when he retired in 1956 after nearly 300 First Team appearances.

Bacuzzi scored Fulham’s first-ever goal in Division One against Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 1949. After retiring from playing, he held the post of Reserve Team Trainer until 1965.

Bacuzzi lived in the Clerkenwell area up until his death, at the age of 78, in 1995.